Mohamed Hadid showers his daughter with lots of love!
The 73-year-old real estate developer paid tribute to daughter Gigi Hadid on her 27th birthday via Instagram on Saturday.
“Guess what day it is,” Mohamed began captioning his post, sharing a throwback photo of himself and the supermodel, his head poking out of his jacket, as a child.
The proud dad then described Gigi as a “self-made, hardworking smart guy” and someone who “loves [and] respect[s] all people from all religious walks of life.”
“She laid[s] a smile on everyone,” he continued in part. “She’s a Hadid, after all.”
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Mohamed shares Gigi with his ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Former Yolanda Hadid. Together, the two are also parents to daughter Bella and son Anwar.
Last year, Mohamed reiterated that his daughter was “self-made” as he celebrated her 26th birthday. At the time, he said she “never took a single dollar from her parents.”
Sharing a photo gallery with Gigi and her then 7-month-old daughter Khai, Mohamed added that Gigi “started modeling for Baby Guess” when she was Khai’s age and majored in forensic criminal psychology after high school.
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However, Mohamed’s comment about being “homemade” sparked some backlash from online critics, who questioned whether the term could apply to the supermodel given her privileged background.
Gigi already opened in February 2019 ELLE at her frustration that her success is tied solely to her parents’ connections.
“I mean I get it. I come from a privilege and I recognize my privilege,” she said at the time. “But because my mom was on a TV show, people think my whole childhood was fame. It absolutely wasn’t. My mother was a model. She moved to the States at 16 to send money to her family in Holland. My father was a refugee and worked his way up in every way. I work hard to honor my parents.”
Mohamed opened up to Britain Sunday times in September 2020 on family life, saying that people “don’t see me as Mohamed Hadid; they see me as the father of Gigi and Bella and Anwar and Alana and Marielle.”
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“It’s dangerous for me to be her father. I have to be very careful. Everything I do is a reflection on her,” he added. “… Just being her father is a tremendous burden on me. They were my children. Now I’m her father. It is what it is.”
Mohamed also told the outlet that his family is “a lot more private than people realize,” saying, “We’re not the Kardashians.”
“We know the Kardashians as friends. Kendall is a great friend to my daughters and we have a lot of respect for what they do and how they did it,” he said. “They are good people and they have created something so extraordinary that they have to be commended. But I don’t use my kids to further my career. i protect her I watch them go out on the street and take pictures with them. Would we ever do a show? No, I don’t think that’s going to happen.”