It would be easy to dismiss Gigi Hadid as just a pretty face. The model certainly seems comfortable decked out in couture or rocking an insane pair of eyelashes on the Met Gala carpet. And while Top Model life seems to suit Gigi just fine, she’s surprisingly grounded. From even a short encounter, it’s clear how grateful she is: “In this job, you meet so many different people, and those can become the most fulfilling moments and friendships,” she tells Glamour.
One of these friendships is with fashion designer Michael Kors. The two have a longstanding partnership and recently came together to shoot a new campaign for Kors’s fragrance Wonderlust a warm, spicy scent perfect for a summer full of adventure. In the campaign’s commercial, Hadid emerges from the sea holding a giant perfume bottle and then proceeds to live her best life on the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen (no, I’m not jealous). We caught up with the model to talk travel and fragrance, and get her to answer some of Glamour’s Big Beauty Questions.
Glamour: What’s your first scent memory?
Gigi Hadid: My first memories of scent are based on fresh air, nature, and the things I like to do outside—whether that’s being at the barn or the way the sun hits flowers and makes the air fragrant.
What does Wonderlust mean to you?
Being curious and seeing where that takes you. Adventure, discovery, and expressing yourself creatively fuels us and keeps us growing. That’s why I love traveling—being exposed to new cultures is a constant reminder that we’re all such a small part of this world and have so much to learn.
What’s your favorite place to wear the fragrance?
The afternoons when you’re basking in the sun, or even just wishing you were. I love to wear it on my neck and my wrists, and sometimes in my hair. The scent is like an escape—a little luxury that takes you away. I love the floral notes and the versatility; it goes from a day at the beach to a night out with friends.
You’re constantly traveling and on the go. What’s your number-one packing tip?
I always travel with only a carry-on. Learning to edit your packing makes you more mindful and helps things move faster while traveling. I think it’s best to bring basics that you love that can be worn multiple ways.
What’s one item you never travel without?
Where is your favorite place to visit in the world and why?
Tahiti. It’s my perfect vacation destination. My favorite kind of holiday is a relaxing escape where I can spend time with friends and family.
What’s the one thing you love most about traveling?
I love trying new restaurants in new cities.
Where do you want to go next?
What’s the best beauty travel tip you’ve learned from the pros?
Skip the hair wash—my hair is healthiest when I let it be and wash it only when needed.
Your go-to travel beauty look?
Minimal makeup and a healthy glow—sunblock is very important!