Gigi Hadid, Before and After

The beauty evolution of the modelling sensation and social media star.
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The beauty evolution of the modelling sensation and social media star.
Gigi Hadid before and after

With some Before & Afters, you can clearly see the work the celeb had done, and it's strangely reassuring. Like Dakota Johnson, Kendall Jenner, or Bella Thorne, for example. Yes, they were already born with many genetic advantages—but a little surgical tweaking was what transformed them from "cute girl next door" to "Hollywood gorgeous." 

With Gigi Hadid, however, I don't think that's the case.

A few of you requested a Before & After on the 21-year-old supermodel, seeing as we've already analyzed her little sister Bella. So I've done the research and scoured the photo archives, but... 

I really think Gigi was just born flawless.

Do you agree? Come and take a closer look:

Gigi in 2012

Gigi Hadid, 2012

Gigi Hadid in a 2012 modelling shot.

Our first shot is from Gigi's early modelling days, when she was just 16 years old. Good grief, did you know any teenagers who looked like this back in high school? Not much has changed since, except her eyebrows were thinner then. As for her nose—that's usually the one feature that gets whittled down, but we shall see...

Gigi Hadid, Heart Foundation Gala, 2012

Gigi Hadid at the 2012 Heart Foundation Gala.

Later in 2012, Gigi made her first red carpet appearance. She was blonder here, and wasn't brushing out her curling iron waves at this point—but even those styling choices can't take away from her natural gorgeousness. I think her face also had more baby fat here.

Gigi Hadid, People StyleWatch Denim Party, 2012

Gigi Hadid at the 2012 People StyleWatch Denim Party.

By the fall of 2012, Gigi's eyebrows were growing out nicely, and I just love this beachy, textured hair. (Gisele who?) She still has a bit of a baby face here, at age 17. 

Gigi in 2013

Gigi Hadid, The Company You Keep New York premiere, 2013

Gigi Hadid at the 2013 New York premiere of 'The Company You Keep.'

Now we're in 2013, and I'll admit, this photo did give me pause regarding her nose. Was it wider back then, or is it just the low angle of the camera? 

Gigi Hadid, Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, 2013

Gigi Hadid at a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in 2013.

Gigi was 18 by this point, and I think this is one of the prettiest hairstyles she's ever worn. With fresh-faced makeup, the long waves and Boho twists give her a much softer look than we're used to seeing today.

Gigi in 2014

Gigi Hadid, Pandora event, 2014

Gigi Hadid at a 2014 Pandora event.

Still 18 years old in this photo, Gigi wore her hair in an updo that shows off her perfect, plump features. I'm not crazy about the liner underneath her bottom lip, but everything else is faultless.

Gigi Hadid, Knott's Scary Farm, 2014

Gigi Hadid at Knott's Scary Farm in 2014.

Here, Gigi's 19, and it's funny how she looks more like a typical teenager in this casual shot. Her hair looks way blonder again, and her cheeks fuller.

Gigi Hadid, Paper magazine event, 2014

Gigi Hadid at a Paper magazine event in 2014.

This was the photo I saw when I first heard about Gigi (she'd just landed her gig with Maybelline). Maybe it's the clever strobing and artfully tousled hair, but she suddenly looks more grown-up. Is her nose more button-like than before? 

Gigi in 2015

Gigi Hadid, Guess spring collection launch, Sydney, 2015

Gigi Hadid at the 2015 Guess spring collection launch in Sydney.

Now we're in 2015, the year that Gigi completely blew up. In this shot, she was 20, and it's an unexpected bright lip moment—she usually sticks to nudes. She's also wearing false lashes, and her skin is very luminized. 

Gigi Hadid, Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party, 2015

Gigi Hadid at the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after-party.

This is one of my favourite Gigi looks: simple hair, glowy skin, matte nude lips and dark lashes. Her transformation into a world-class supermodel is pretty much complete.

Gigi Hadid, American Music Awards 2015

Gigi Hadid at the 2015 American Music Awards.

From this point forward, Gigi started experimenting with bolder beauty statements. Here, it's a faux bob (actually a half-wig) with her usual luminous nude makeup. Notice how far her brows have come since 2012!

Gigi in 2016

Gigi Hadid, Guys' Choice Awards 2016

Gigi Hadid at the 2016 Guys' Choice Awards.

In 2016, Gigi turned 21, with her modelling career showing no signs of slowing down. In this photo, her hair colour is a slightly darker blonde. If you look closely, you can see the contouring of her nose—does that account for what appears to be a slimmer shape?

Gigi Hadid, MTV Movie Awards, 2016

Gigi Hadid at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. (Photo: PR Photos)

For this event, Gigi donned clip-in bangs (although she JUST got them for real now, at Paris Fashion Week). Her makeup is heavier, too, featuring smudgy dark liner and overdrawn lips. Did you spot what's happening with her nose? The contouring is at the top, in between her eyes.

Gigi Hadid, MuchMusic Video Awards, 2016

Gigi Hadid at the 2016 MuchMusic Video Awards.

And that brings us to Gigi's most recent red carpet event, where she got experimental with red lipstick and a bouffant updo. Side by side with her first modelling shot from 2012, the nose looks pretty much the same. Her brows are just thicker, and her upper lip has been re-shaped with lip liner.

Conclusion

Gigi Hadid before and after

Gigi Hadid in 2012 (left) and in 2016 (right).

Bella Hadid might've tweaked her face with a nose job and lip fillers, but I, for one, believe Gigi is au naturel

Sure, a few things have changed compared to four years ago. She's not a teenager anymore, so she lost some baby fat from her face. She also grew out her tweezed eyebrows, stopped lightening her hair and started wearing a lot more makeup. The latter counts for a lot—just highlighting and contouring in a strategic way can transform the shape of a feature (for example, creating a slimmer-looking nose). And Gigi has also adopted the current trend of overlining her lips, which gives them a more balanced, fuller appearance. I'll take that any day before lip injections!

So this appears to be one of the rare Before & Afters where I conclude that nope, the subject has not, in fact, had any work done. (At least I don't think so!) Do you agree?

How do you feel about Gigi's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?