I Spent 24 Hours Trying to Look, Smell, and Work Out Like Gigi Hadid
I’ve long been fascinated with the life of celebrities. They look incredible everywhere they go (because paparazzi) and seemingly float through the streets with their similarly famous friends and significant others. Such is the case with Gigi Hadid.
Hadid is an interesting celebrity-model hybrid, as she's made it big in the modeling industry—couture designers love her, commercial companies plaster her on billboards—but she also has a fanatic following as large as any Hollywood A-lister’s. So it’s only natural that I try to live a full 24 hours like her, right? Right. That’s the normal thing to do.
Armed with her favorite products, tips from her go-to workouts, directions to her favorite burger spot, and her aptly named new Tommy Hilfiger signature fragrance (The Girl), I was ready to embark on a day of luxury and model-endorsed fun. The entire day, Jay Z’s lyrics were ringing in my head: “Photo shoot fresh, lookin’ like wealth. I’m about to call the paparazzi on myself.” Because if I had the paparazzi’s number, I felt great enough to call them on myself.
“I start off with Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in O13 ($63),” Hadid told Into the Gloss. “My mom uses it, so I just went along. I put it on with a Tarte Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush ($34)—they actually work really nice together. The Aqua Foundation is nice because it doesn’t cake, and it just brightens my skin. It’s also light enough so you can still see my freckles.”
Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in O13 ($63)
After Byrdie associate editor Amanda’s poignant open letter about loving her freckles, I’ve gotten into showing mine off as well, and I love that Hadid loves hers. This foundation is just as lightweight and brightening as she describes; it goes on like a serum and dries slightly dewy where the light hits. Is it supermodel-worthy? Absolutely. I’m used to applying foundation with a Beautyblender ($20), but the foundation brush she suggested works really well with the smooth texture of the product. Check plus for both—I was feeling more like Hadid already.
She mentioned in the same interview that she never touches her brows—a habit I’ve already picked up after years of eyebrow rehab (I was a terrible tweezer in middle school). But Hadid does like to fill them in when she goes out. “Maybelline has a really good product called Brow Drama ($6). Usually, you need a pencil and a brush and something to hold them in place. Brow Drama is all three; you can do the color, then shape them, and then it dries and stays exactly like that.”
Maybelline Brow Drama ($6)
I’m usually more of a pencil kind of girl, but this sculpting ball brush worked really well to define and fill in my arches—all in just a few swipes. It certainly took less time than my usual brow-grooming routine and looked really good. Plus, it didn’t clump or flake like many other formulas. Another check plus for Hadid’s product choice.
Now that my makeup was done (pretty quickly, I might add), I moved on to making my hair textured and flowing like Hadid’s. She explained in the same interview, “I use Wella Professionals EIMI Ocean Spritz ($19)—you spray it in and then just mess your hair up,” which is right up my alley.
Wella Professionals EIMI Ocean Spritz ($19)
I don’t do much to my hair, usually just add a pump of Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue ($69), air-dry, and go. I sprayed the recommended product throughout my curls and brushed them out for a wavier texture. Once my model ’do dried, I was hooked. It adds just the right amount of grit and beachiness. Do you think Kendall will want to be my bestie now? Zayn? Anyone?
Tommy Hilfiger just launched its newest fragrance iteration, The Girl, inspired by the model’s free-spirited and magnetic personality. The fragrance itself is a crisp, fresh scent with notes of green pear, jasmine, and cedarwood. And it was the next stop on the path to becoming more like Gigi.
Tommy Hilfiger The Girl Eau de Toilette Spray ($57)
Luckily, the scent really does smell quite good, so I spritzed myself all over after doing my hair and makeup like the model. I was already having fun, so I checked that off the list, appreciated the fact that I got to live like a celebrity for a day as part of my job, and then laughed at the lengths I was going to in order to pull it off. In terms of surrounding myself with everything that makes me happy, it was pretty easy. The next stop on the agenda was lunch (Hadid’s favorite NYC burger, to be exact), so I was about to check that off the list as well.
Hadid has been quite outspoken about her yearlong burger tour of New York City. She famously said, “Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.” After 365 days of weekly burgers, the model settled on JG Melon’s classic cheeseburger. I headed over to the restaurant to see (and taste) it for myself. I’ve had my own fair share of delicious NYC burgers, so I wasn’t sure if this one would hold up to my favorites (Peter Lugar and Alameda in Brooklyn, Corner Bistro and The Spotted Pig in the West Village).
Turns out Hadid knows burgers just as well as she does beauty products. This cheeseburger was killer. It was perfectly cooked, juicy, and topped with pickles and red onions—just the way I like it. The bun was buttery, and the fries were discs of crispy goodness. I was floored. And full. Luckily, Hadid has also dished on her workout routine, and after an hour or so of walking it off, I decided I had to work it off too.
“I only box. It’s the only thing that keeps me sane. I can’t just go to the gym and run. I’d rather die,” Hadid told Elle. “I played volleyball and rode horses my entire life, so just like moving to a city and having to go the gym was so weird for me. And boxing was the first thing where I felt like I wanted to go the gym and get better at it and improve.”
Okay, I thought. I can box.
I walked over to Dogpound, a boxing program I had become familiar with a few months prior. It’s an awesome full-body workout filled with punching, abs, and cheering. I held it together while I worked my core, but seriously—ow.
After the class, I was ready for a different kind of Hadid-approved workout—shopping. I hightailed it over to the 5th Avenue Tommy Hilfiger store and shopped for an hour or two. Between the workout, the bags I was carrying, and the overall excitement of the day, I was exhausted. I made a few necessary purchases and went home to (carefully remove my makeup and) nap. Being a model is hard.
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