Watch out, Kendall and Kylie Jenner! It’s another reality star—the daughter of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster, Gigi Hadid—who makes her debut in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition with a body-baring spread of bikini photos.
“It was so much fun,” Gigi, 18, says. Her Australian pop star boyfriend Cody Simpson, 17, was proudly on hand this week to escort the bathing beauty into the Swimsuit Beach House in NYC for the launch of the 50th anniversary issue. (Psst…he was previously linked to Kylie Jenner.)
He’s pretty important: “I told my boyfriend, I told my mom, I told my dad, and I told my siblings,” Gigi confesses, of the order of which she let her loved ones in on her big news of her SI debut. The two have reportedly been a couple since last June.
How has her reality star mom Yolanda influenced her? “My mom is incredible with diet and exercise,” Gigi tells me. “She taught me to always stay healthy. She’s a well-rounded eater. She’s big on protein, healthy grains, vegetables, fruit, and working out every day.”
She continues, “We’re an athletic family, and we all stay healthy. I think it’s great that she supports us through example. We tell her what we want, and she helps us get there, so it’s great.”
As for beauty tips she learned from her? “The best beauty tip would be to take care of your skin,” Gigi says. “She always pushes me to wear sunblock on my face as much as I can, just to keep my skin clear in terms of discoloration. It’s good to protect your skin from the sun so you can have an evenly-colored face.”
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