Gigi Hadid looks so incredible in a bikini. Thanks to her athletic figure and long legs, she rocketed to modeling fame via swimwear. At just 18 years old, Gigi was named a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Rookie of the Year in 2014, thanks to her killer bikini body. As she turns 27 on Saturday, April 23, 2022, it’s time to look back at her best two-piece moments in photos.
In 2016, the supermodel in the making walked in her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, earning her wings and strutting her stuff in lingerie. That same year, Gigi was named International Model of the year by the British Fashion Council. She would go on to rule the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks as her career progressed. But it all started with bikinis.
When Gigi broke on the scene, she was fresh out of high school where she was a star athlete. “At the time I was still starting out in my career, I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body,” she told i-D Magazine in 2020 about how she looked in 2015.
“It was a body that I loved,” she said. “I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places — I kind of miss it now. At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body.” Fortunately, her curves served her well as a bikini model.
Gigi later revealed that after she shed pounds for a slimmer frame in order to gain more runway work, she missed her old figure. “I loved my body when I was curvier,” she said during a September 2018 panel with other models. “Then as I lost [the weight], people were still mean.”
She continued, “Yeah, I know I’m skinny. I’m looking in the mirror. I’m trying to eat burgers and do squats. I want an ass too. I get it. I got it. Thank you!” But Gigi was accepting of how her body had evolved in the world of modeling.
“If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the t–ts I had a few years ago,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in April 2018. “But honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now.” A year later on a vacation to Greece with her sister, fellow model Bella Hadid, Gigi showed that she still looked sensational in a bikini!
Gigi shared a sexy mirror selfie in a leopard print bikini before heading to the beach on a Greek vacation.
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Gigi looked incredible in this orange two piece after lounging by the pool.
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Gigi’s long model legs were on display as she walked down the beach in an animal print bikini while on vacation in Mykonos, Greece, in 2019.
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A bikini-clad Gigi went for a run along the water’s edge. The model was a star volleyball player in high school and loves sports. It shows with her long, lean body.
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Gigi made sure to avoid shoulder tan lines in this strapless bandeau top bikini and tiny bottoms in a cute navy with turquoise and white polka-dot print.
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FROM THE BACK!
When she turned around to head to the pool, Gigi showed off that her polka-dot bottoms were thong-style.
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The model wore a tint maroon bikini while boating with friends in November 2018. By then, she had lost weight for runway work and had bemoaned the loss of her athletic curves.
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Gigi shows off her athletic figure early in her modeling career that made her bikini curves stand out.
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Gigi posed in the waters off Miami Beach for a swimwear shoot in 2015. One year later her famous curves would land her a coveted role in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
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Gigi rocked a royal blue and black bikini with a sporty halter-style during the same photo shoot.
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SUCH A STUNNER
The then-up-and-coming model took a break while wearing a stunning blue and white striped bikini.