There's been much debate recently over whether or not Instafamous It girls Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner can be considered supermodels. But Hadid's latest career milestone just might solidify her supermodel status.
While not her first Vogue cover (she has at least 10 under her belt, including the covers of the Italy, Brazil, Paris, and Germany editions), it is her first for the highly-coveted U.S. edition. And it couldn't be more all-American, just like the supermodel herself. The cover for the glossy's August issue, shot by Mario Testino, features a sporty Hadid with Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton.
Hadid posted to Instagram this morning to express her gratitude to all those involved (including Anna Wintour, naturally), and the coaches throughout her life, being a self-professed athlete. She was a competitive horseback rider and club volleyball player in her teenage years, even qualifying for the Junior Olympics, and she now channels her athletic skills via boxing.
Hadid expertly posed in the season's best athleisure-inspired looks for the magazine's spread, including a form-fitting Versace dress and bold Jennifer Fisher earring for the cover. At just 21 years old, Hadid has walked countless runways, covered countless magazines, fronted countless campaigns, walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, designed a capsule collection with Tommy Hilfiger, hosted Canada's Much Music Awards, was named Daily Front Row's "Model of the Year", and starred in seven music videos. If all of that plus her latest Vogue cover doesn't add up to supermodel status, we're not sure what does.
Keep scrolling to see what Hadid posted to Instagram this morning!
An ultimate dream come true, I am beyond humbled. Shooting my first American @voguemagazine cover, in my hometown, was so surreal. And to be able to share it with Olympic Gold Medalist and my new friend #AshtonEaton is such an honor. I couldn't think of a cover I'd rather be on than the one celebrating athletes. Being an athlete has brought so much pride and joy to my life and has instilled the work ethic that still drives me every day. To Anna, @mariotestino, @tonnegood & everyone at Vogue- thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me, teaching me, showing me the world, and being such a pleasure to work with. ❤️ To @luizmattos1906 and my @imgmodels family, I don't thank you guys enough- I appreciate you so much. We did it!!!!!!! This one's dedicated to my biggest inspirations to work hard, my family, to all my coaches throughout my life ???????? and of course to the fans that have stuck by me from the start!!! Feeling extremely blessed. x
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Opening Image: Splash News, Outfit credit: Tommy Hilfiger