Model Gigi Hadid Helps Her ‘Real Housewife’ Mom With Social Media

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Age 19

Claim to fame Model; face of Tom Ford; 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue rookie

Base New York

Twitter @GiGiHadid

What's the first information you consume in the morning?

I usually check my emails and texts, and then I scroll through Instagram to wake myself up.

Who do you follow on Instagram?

Ooh, let's see … Funny enough, my ex-boyfriend Cody Simpson is a really good Instagrammer. His account is great. I like people that have a style to their Instagram, so I can recognize someone's pictures without even having to look at their name. My friend Steven Taylor is a photographer, and he has a great Instagram. I love On Abbot Kinney, which is a street-style Instagram by a photographer named Michael [Dumler]. And Vogue has a great Instagram.

Vogue's September cover story was actually all about models who are dominating social media, especially Instagram. You have nearly 1 million followers on Instagram alone. Do you think it's important for models these days to have a social media presence?

Yes, it's definitely one of the most important things in our industry right now. In the past, models were just a face, and we're blessed to have social media now because it's given models a voice. A lot of brands are looking at social media followings when they're making decisions about who they want representing their brand. They want models who understand how to market themselves.

Your mom [Yolanda Foster of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills] also has a huge social media following. Does she watch out for you online?

You know, my mom asks me for social media advice. It's always really made sense to me. And for my mom's generation … she just doesn't vibe with social media, but she's starting to get used to it. She'll call me to ask questions about it.

What's your favorite app?

When I'm not on social media, I try to stay off my phone. But for a little while, I was really into the game 2048. And I like Pandora.

What have you been listening to lately?

I'm always listening to John Mayer. He's my favorite. But besides that, I really like Sam Smith. I think he's so talented. There's a song called "Let Her Go" by Passenger that I love. And I love the 5 Seconds of Summer song called "Amnesia."

What TV shows do you watch?

Law & Order: SVU is what I'm always watching. When I'm not watching that, it's Long Island Medium. It's so good. Besides that, I watch a lot of CSI, and I'm a big fan of Orange Is the New Black. I just watched an episode of American Horror Story, and I feel like that's one I could get into.

What's on your reading list?

I'm just about to start The Alchemist. Five really close friends of mine have said that it's their favorite book, completely separate from each other. One of the last things that I read was Brave New World. And The Giver. I still haven't seen the movie, but I loved the book.

How do you wind down before you go to bed?

I live with my best friend from high school, so sometimes we'll just come home and lay on the couch and have some girl talk.