Gigi Hadid will post the occasional Zayn Malik kissing shot on her Instagram. She’ll share baby photos, selfies, and photos of her vacations. But Hadid is admittedly less open on her social media accounts than she was when she first started: “I’ve kind of learned where people start to take advantage of things,” Hadid told ELLE.com in an interview yesterday at the launch of her Vogue Eyewear line. “Because in the very beginning, I was a lot more trustworthy of things, and I feel like I was a lot more freely able to post.”
“You kind of learn that there has to be a difference between how private you wanna be and how private people force you to be. So I try and be as open as I can without revealing too much of a certain situation, but you kind of just have to take it depending on the post and depending where you are.”
Before her Vogue Eyewear party last night, Hadid spoke to ELLE.com and a small group of reporters about how her first eyewear capsule collection—which includes three sunglasses and one pair of optics she designed—is really just all the glasses she couldn’t find. “I just wanted something that was timeless and shapes that I could wear everyday,” she said.
She teamed up with Vogue Eyewear because “they were able to produce sunglasses that were the quality I wanted,” she explained. “I’m not just gonna put out a sunglass line with whoever with whatever shape and whatever color and hope it works and put my name on it just for the money. If they weren’t sunglasses that I was gonna love and wear and be able to put myself behind, then I wouldn’t have done it. “
During your Vogue Eyewear campaign, you eat cake, bake, and ride horses. Do you have any fun behind-the-scenes stories from being on set?
Well, what I was really grateful about this shoot is that it’s all things that I like to do, so that makes the day go very fast and it’s very fun. Um, a fun story: [photographers] Mert [Alas] and Marcus [Piggott] got stuck in traffic and so the horse was already there and I rode the horse for like 45 minutes before they even got there [laughs], just around the backyard by myself. So that was fun. I was happy to finish hair and makeup early that day.
So what’s your best baking dish you make when you’re off-duty?
My favorite thing is to invite my friends over and ask them each to pick, like someone will pick like a dinner dish, someone will pick a dessert dish, and I really like making things that I’ve never made before and just seeing if I can do it. And last week I made a banoffee pie, which is a banana, toffee whip cream pie, and it actually turned out really good. I had never had one before, but my friend really wanted one so I made it for her and it was really good. That’s probably my newest favorite dessert to make.
And your best standard dish?
It’s hard to say. I don’t know! I feel like people have different favorites that I make. I’m not sure! I love making corndogs and I make jalapeños in the batter, and it’s really good. That’s my favorite.
Let’s talk style. What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve been given?
Carine Roitfeld once told me, “If you don’t know what to wear to a party, wear jeans, a T-shirt, and heels, [and] call it a night,” It’s made a lot of my nights easier.
And whose street style inspires you?
So many people. I mean, Rihanna, like every day. I can’t say that I could pull off the same things that Rihanna could, but she makes me excited about getting dressed the next day, I feel like, which is inspiring, so yeah.