Fame can be achieved in a number of ways; and for women like Yolanda Hadid who have become famous for more than one thing and have been in view of the public’s eye for a long time, one cannot help but wonder how she does it. Hadid is known for her modeling career, her stint as an actress and a movie producer and for her appearance on the reality television show; The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
It is also worth mentioning that her ability to remain relevant in the media in spite of the diagnosis of a weakening disease is admirable. Learn more about Hadid in the paragraphs that follow.
Yolanda Hadid Biography (Age)
Yolanda Hadid was born as Yolanda van den Herik in a town called Papendrecht, located in the Netherlands on the 11th of January in 1964. Her childhood was a difficult one as her father died when she was just seven – his death was caused by an automobile accident. Consequently, she and her only sibling, a brother named Leo were raised by their mother. In a bid to care and provide for her family, Hadid worked a number of odd jobs. It is not known if she had a high school education and it is highly unlikely that she went to university as her career in modeling began when she was sixteen.
Yolanda Hadid was discovered by the designer of Dutch descent, Frans Molenaar and thus began her career. During the first show she did for Molenaar, she was seen by the founder of the modeling agency Ford Models, Eileen Ford who noticed her on the runway and immediately signed her. Hadid had a modeling career that lasted for over a decade, giving her the opportunity to work in major cities around the world. By 1994, she had settled down in Los Angeles after her marriage to have time for her family.
In the time she spent off her modeling career, she dabbled in other projects one of which was a career in movies – as a producer and an actress. Some of her works would come to include; 1st & Ten and The Championship. The wealth of Hadid’s career on the big screen is in reality TV and most notable of all is the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills which just like its name says, is a show about the lives housewives in Beverly Hills. This show brought her back to the limelight after she seemingly vanished with the break she took from modeling.
Yolanda Hadid has been no stranger to tragedy, not just with the loss of her father but also in 2012 when it was discovered that she had the Lyme disease. The disease affected her immensely making it difficult for her to function in many capacities. Regardless of this, she found a way to snap back and retain her importance in the world of entertainment.
She is the creator and executive producer of the modeling competitive show Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid which debuted in 2018. In 2017, she released her memoir titles Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, which chronicles her fight with Lyme.
Boyfriend or Husband
Hadid’s first marriage was to the wealthy Mohamed Hadid, who worked in real estate. Their marriage was a short one which lasted for six years as it ended in 2000 (they got married in 1994). The union was blessed with three children – two daughters and a boy, all of whom are supermodels just like their mother. They are Gigi, Bella and Anwar Hadid.
The next time she got married was to a David Foster who works in the music industry as a composer and producer. They got married on the 11th of November 2011 after an engagement that occurred on the 24th of December 2010. However, they split up in 2015 and by 2017, their divorce had been finalized.
Yolanda Hadid has been able to rise above every challenge that life has thrown her way and fought to have a place at the very top in the world of entertainment. The hard work she has put into this is what has paid off, more so, her divorce with the uber-rich Mohammed Hadid. She received a huge divorce settlement from her real estate millionaire ex-husband which contributes a good chunk to her estimated net worth of $45 million.
For a former supermodel, Yolanda Hadid does have the height that is expected of women in her profession, she stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches, which in centimeter is 172.7.