This Was Yolanda Hadid's Most Crucial Modeling Advice For Gigi And Bella

"There are thousands of girls that are much more beautiful than you." 

No one can deny it: Yolanda Hadid's children are genetically blessed. (Have you seen their mother, for Pete's sake?) Still, Yolanda made it clear to her daughters that they cannot use their looks to coast by in life.

At the Front Row Fashion Awards, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills pal told Elle the crucial modeling advice she gave to Gigi and Bella. Her first tip? Take some time to be a kid first. "I never let them work before they were 18," she told the mag. "I didn't want anybody judging them on what they looked like." Of course, two glowing angels are what the girls looked like—but that alone doesn't cut it for Yolanda.

"I always said to them, listen, there are thousands of girls that are much more beautiful than you girls, but you have an extraordinary character, and you're going to have to set yourself apart by being a role model," she said. To Yolanda, being a role model means showing up to work on time, and treating everyone around you with respect.

"[Be] kind to everybody," the wise mom told her daughters. "[Be kind] to the light people, the makeup [people], the cleaner in the back of the studio. Those are the people that you have to connect with, and that's how you can make a difference in the world."

Yolanda added that being a model in the age of social media comes with added responsibility (instead of, ahem, being easier than it was back in the day.) "You have a platform. It's your responsibility to live a conscientious life," she advised.

So it makes sense that, while she was at the award show, Yolanda picked up the "Mother of the Year" award. (Duh, right?) She also did some maternal duty. Gigi came down with the flu right before the event, so Yolanda was on hand to pick up her daughter's "Best Design Debut" award. We told you that Gigi x Tommy collection was hot!

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