Anwar Hadid's fashion career is already taking off as one of the newest models signed to IMG Models, and he's not even out of high school yet. If the mega-success of his supermodel big sisters, 20-year-old Gigi and 19-year-old Bella, is any indication, Anwar, 16, is poised to follow in their footsteps and take the fashion world by storm.
But even with this amazing future ahead of him, Anwar is still trying to figure out his next step, according to his #ProudMommy Yolanda Hadid. "Every child has their own journey, and it's not up to the parent to decide what their journey is, so I can't speak for Anwar," Yolanda told The Daily Dish recently (clip above). "I think Anwar is super smart. He doesn't really know yet what he wants to do. He's in high school. Hopefully, he can get to a great college. He will find his way. All I can do as a parent is expose him to different things in life, open his heart, open his mind to be really open to today's business."
Whatever passion Anwar decides to follow in life, Yolanda just wants him to be able to support himself, as she hopes for all of her children. "For me, it's all about being financially independent," she said. "I made a deal with Mohamed [her first husband and the father of her children], and I told him, 'By 21, all our three children will be financially independent and live their own life.' I had to make it work at 16, coming to a new country. I did it, and my children can do the same."
Now with all three of her kids in the modeling world, Yolanda knows how tough of an industry it is today, even compared to when she was modeling three decades ago. "You know, the modeling world today is what I experienced 30 years ago on steroids," Yolanda said (clip below). "Just because of social media alone, you can't compare the business today to what it was 30 years ago."
However, the Hadid kids are tough enough to handle it. "My kids, they know they're blessed. They're grateful for all the opportunities that come their way every day, so they never complain," she explained. "You know, sometimes they're tired or they call because they're in uncomfortable situations and we talk through it. I'm their foundation when it comes to the daily incidents that might happen in that business, but they were prepared. They started this journey prepared to take it on. I'm grateful that they're doing as well as they're doing."
- Reporting by Megan Segura