Gigi Hadid Shares Her Secrets to Getting Over Insecurities and the Blues

“Find what puts a pep in your step.”

Gigi Hadid
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Gigi Hadid may seem like she’s got it all together. She’s out there walking every runway in site, racking up international magazine covers left and right, doing collaborations with multiple brands, knows the secret to the perfect smokey eye, and has that dreamy boyfriend she’s been with for two years now. But while accepting her award at Glamour‘s Women of the Year ceremony on Monday night, the supermodel shared that she doesn’t always feel like “Gigi Hadid, global supermodel.” Like everyone, she had down days and deals with the dark stuff, but she did share some helpful tips on how she gets through it.

“I think my biggest responsibility, standing here, is to all the young women who are watching,” she said — after reading an exhaustive list of thank yous to other fashion icons as well as her family. “I want to let you know that just because I’m standing here, winning this award, doesn’t mean that I have it all figured out. I’m so grateful for every opportunity, but that doesn’t mean that I wake up feeling like the Gigi that the world expects me to be on a daily basis.”

The 22-year-old continued, “If you don’t feel strong every day, that’s okay, and it’s normal. Every day, something new can inspire you, and a small thought or idea or action can change the course of your day, your week, your month, your year. You’re never alone, and you’re never stuck, no matter how down you feel.”

Gigi’s ideas for getting unstuck? “Find what puts a pep in your step. React to what’s inspiring you by setting that into motion, creatively or otherwise. Wear something crazy. Go on a walk at sunrise. Donate your time to charity. Spend the day printing out pictures of whatever and make a binder of the hotel you hope to own one day, or the charity you hope to start,” she said. “Whatever makes you excited about your day is important, and your dreams are more powerful beyond materialization of them.”

The catwalk stomper says she also looks up to the women who helped pave the way for her. “What helps me through stress, anxiety, pressure, mentally, is looking up to other strong women and feeling empowered to change my day through celebrating them,” she said. “Our success is never just about us, it’s also about all women that paved the way so we could be here. It’s about the women we surround ourselves with and the characteristics we value, the inspiration and motivation women everywhere can give us to be better.”

Gigi added, “So tonight, I celebrate all of you being honored and celebrate women all over the world. You help people everywhere to think, ‘Yeah, I can do this,’ whatever ‘this’ may be, and you are amongst the women that inspired me to better myself and to seize my life. So thank you, and remember that we’re stronger when we celebrate each other.”

Earlier this year, Gigi revealed that one of her favorite ways to decompress from the stresses of her whirlwind life is to talk to one of the strongest women she knows: younger sister Bella. “She’s so understanding of the demands of this job, and it’s really great that I can talk to her about it, because a lot of the time I feel suffocated by my own work ethic and by the expectations I put on myself,” Gigi told Harper’s Bazaar at the time. “It’s really nice when you have people who say, ‘It’s OK to take time for yourself.'”

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