V Welcomes Gigi Hadid as a Contributing Photographer

V Welcomes Gigi Hadid as a Contributing Photographer

The model takes a turn behind the lens for our forthcoming issue, capturing industry greats like Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, and more.

The model takes a turn behind the lens for our forthcoming issue, capturing industry greats like Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, and more.

Photography: Stephane Feugere

Text: Ian David Monroe

V is proud to announce that supermodel Gigi Hadid has joined the magazine as a contributor—behind the camera. An editorial first, Gigi will be photographing a portfolio that will come as a special supplement to our Summer issue, V107, with a newsstand date of May 1.

This is a second “first” for Gigi and V; the model’s first fashion editorial appeared in V88, in 2014. In the three years since, she’s worked and rubbed elbows with the industry’s greatest. Don’t be surprised if you see a few of them pop up in her portfolio.

Given her grace in front of the camera, it should come as no surprise that Gigi has a long history with medium: "I had my own photography business. I even had a website, hadidphotography.com. It’s definitely not up anymore. I took pictures of my friends and their horses for less money than the professionals. There was a lady who sold them for like $80, but mine were only $10. I’d package all the pictures in my bedroom, and my friends would give them to their moms as gifts. I think I still have some of the photographs. This was before you could take a good photo on your phone. We just had flip phones back then."

Instead of the digital cameras and high-powered flashes of the photographers and paparazzi that photograph her, Gigi is armed with something much smaller, fitting for a girl on the go. "The film is actually more clear than old Polaroid film, so it just was nicer for what we’re trying to do. Just the lines and everything are sharper, and it has more light settings," she tells WWD. While significantly smaller than a telescopic lens, Hadid's camera doesn't quite fit nicely into a Versace bag. "The film is so big, that’s the thing. At the British Fashion Awards, I had that massive camera and the massive Polaroids — it’s just a lot to carry around in a ballgown."

The magazine is pleased to offer Gigi the opportunity to express herself creatively. As Stephen Gan, our editor-in-chief put it: "V has always been like a creative platform. A year ago at this time, we were coming off a Gaga guest editor’s issue, now we’re embarking on a Gigi photographic portfolio. It’s what I love doing, and why I feel the magazine’s there. It’s meant to be that platform for people to express themselves. I felt like she really has got that calling and it’s genuine. She’s really multitalented, and a very, very special soul. It’s rare."

Read the full story via WWD here.

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