Hitting the runway in nothing more than your skivvies for a show broadcast to millions of viewers can be, well, intimidating. So how did Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show newbie Gigi Hadid calm her nerves? We chatted with the beauty backstage before the big show to find out! Keep reading for our exclusive interview with the style star.
Who What Wear: What do you do to feel your most confident before the show?
Gigi Hadid: I feel like the rehearsals helped a lot. Dreaming of being in the show and practicing my walk during commercial breaks when I was like a freshman in high school is very different than the first time you walk in rehearsal. It was very scary the first time, but we got to do it a few times, and I’m feeling a lot better now. I just woke up this morning and listened to Colbie Caillat and Disney music, and Kendall and I just talked about our looks and stuff. I think you just have to be around your friends, positive music, and stuff like that.
WWW: Did you get any advice from the veteran Angels?
GH: Lily [Aldridge] is like my big sister, and she’s done it so many times, so she had some pointers. Naomi Campbell helped me a lot. We practiced walking in her hotel hallway last week, which was really fun. We were just hanging out, and I was telling her how I was nervous, and she was like, “Oh no, you’re not going to be nervous; we’re walking down the hallway.” So we did that. And I feel like once you walk by some hotel guests and people coming out of the elevator, it makes you less nervous.
WWW: You said walking in the VS show was a longtime dream of yours. What are some of other dreams you hope to achieve in your career?
GH: I have a lot. I try not to be so focused on a few things, because I feel like my work ethic and personality sometimes create tunnel vision. I try to be open-minded and just go day to day and be someone people like to work with, and opportunities will open up that you wouldn’t have expected or thought about otherwise.
WWW: What item should every girl have in her wardrobe right now?
GH: I love the Stuart Weitzman Highland Boots.
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