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Gigi Hadid isn’t your typical supermodel — despite her fame, she’s found a way to stay grounded and humble, with some easy living down on the farm. Oh, and she makes her own chairs by hand, learning something valuable in the process.

Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Isabel Marant show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021
Gigi Hadid | Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Hadid is connecting with peaceful living

Fame surrounds Hadid, with her career, famous friends (who include Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner), and famous boyfriend, Zayn Malik. Her sister, Bella, and brother, Anwar, are also models and her mom Yolanda Hadid shot to fame on the reality series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Despite her celeb status, Hadid has found a way to stay grounded in the countryside. Her mother bought a Pennsylvania farm in 2017.

“It’s where we can all come and feel like ourselves again,” she told Elle magazine in 2019. “When I’m here, I just get in my truck and go to the store. Kids get excited at the market, but they don’t take their phones out. They want us to feel normal, and that’s very appreciated.”

Farm life has put her in touch with ‘simple pleasures’

In the April 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Hadid answered questions posed by some of her famous friends.

Jenner delved into farm life, asking what it has taught her. “The farm has really made me remember, and bring back to my life, my most simple pleasures,” Hadid shared.

She added, “It’s allowed me to fill my days off with the little things that make me happy, like art, gardening, yoga, cooking, being outside, and spending time with my loved ones and animals without having to worry about things like what I’m wearing or how my hair looks, or being photographed or seen that day. Being away from the city and the public eye makes me feel like a kid again, and that freedom has been really healing for me.”

Hadid makes chairs and learns from the failures  

The model not only finds a connection with those “simple pleasures” on the farm, she’s also learned how to make chairs by hand. Pal Blake Lively asked what inspired her to make chairs.

“When I’m spending time on the farm, I find it fun to try something new and see if I can pull it off,” Hadid explained. “It’s liberating to just create without the end goal of it being necessary to finish. The chair idea came from that. I wanted to see if I could build a wood frame first and then pour resin into it and make a clear chair.”

“I built the wood part and then through the next step learned that you can only dry resin in small layers, and the more layers I added, the more it was clear that I didn’t make my frame tightly sealed enough,” the model explained. “Failed miserably. I ended up giving up on the big one and made a small-scale version, which worked a lot better! I like the ‘Try and fail and try again’ method. It keeps it fun and interesting for me, and even through failures you can learn so much.”