Until recently, 19-year-old Anwar Hadid was best known for being the younger brother of supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid. But after signing to IMG Models in 2016, the teenager has been a runway regular, walking for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss, before jetting to Sydney for the David Jones Spring Summer 2018 launch, alongside former Victoria's Secret Angel Karolína Kurková and Australia's Jess Gomes and Victoria Lee.
Below, we talk to the budding model and designer about growing up surrounded by women, what his sisters have taught him about the industry and why he started designing his own clothes.
Have you been to Australia before?
No, this is my first time. I love it!
Growing up, was modelling always on your radar as a career path?
It was just something that I felt I could learn a lot from and be able to travel the world with and make some money from. I always thought of it as a platform for me to be able to do the things that I really want to do in my life, but I love it and I love learning from the people that I get to work.
Your sisters and mum are in the spotlight and all models as well, have they taught you a lot about the industry?
Yeah, definitely. They’re so inspiring to me and they’re always giving me little tips and making sure I always understand that it’s a way bigger process than everyone sees - there are so many different components and so many different people that it takes to move a project forward.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that they’re the most amazing, down to earth people to work with
That’s all we could hope for. There’s obviously so much that people can say, but we just try to be as genuine as possible. We’re all human. People forget, I think, sometimes. No one realises that all these people that they look up to, at one point, were looking up to others at one point - and still do.
What was it like growing up in your household surrounded by women?
It’s so inspiring, I love females and I love women. I think there should be more women in the government and in every [field] because it's so important.
What would you be doing if it weren’t modelling?
I would design clothes and jewellery.
I read that you were planning on going to fashion school. Are you still wanting to do that?
Not right now, honestly. I got accepted to Parsons - The New York School of Art and Design - but I had work and there have been a lot of projects that have come into my life recently that I’m really passionate about.
What are your favourite fashion brands?
I like CDG (Comme Des Garçons), I like Raf (Raf Simons), I like Number 9, I like a lot of brands.
Are the clothes you’re designing more street-wear?
I wouldn’t say it’s street-wear. It’s kind of a mix of street-wear and stuff that you’d find in a skateboarders house or something. I’m just trying to create clothes that feel like they’ve been made and worn for that person because that’s why I always cut my clothes. I’ve always wanted to create and wear things that fit my body, exactly how I want them so that’s important to me. I want each piece to feel like that.
What inspired you to start designing?
I want to create clothes that feel like they’ve been mad for that specific person because that’s why I always cut my clothes. I’ve always wanted to create and wear things that fit my body, exactly how I want them, so that’s important to me. I want each piece to feel like that. My whole life I've been like that, my friends won’t sell me Raf pieces now because they know I'll cut them, I’ll cut the neck off it and they’re like, “bro, you’re breaking my heart.” My friends are the collectors and they’re like, “that is the worst thing ever, stop!” I’m not even trying to disrespect anyone, I have the most respect for all these people. It’s just the way that I think and how I want to wear it.