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Yolanda Hadid from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was often seen making over-the-top diet remarks to her daughter Gigi, but some of her comments extended even further beyond food and weight.

Bloggers and also Bravo gathered a compilation of toxic behaviors Yolanda exhibited toward Gigi specifically, which included racist, sexist and homophobic remarks.

Yolanda made a racist comment about Gigi’s eye shape

During one of Gigi’s photoshoots, Yolanda pulled the makeup artist aside and asked if they could round out the eyeshadow look the makeup artist did. The reason was, that “it makes her (Gigi Hadid) look Chinese real quick,” shared in a video compilation by Laughcable. The moment was captured and filmed on RHOBH.

Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid smile for cameras during an awards ceremony
Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid | Noam Galai/WireImage

Yolanda told the artist: “Would you round Gigi’s eyes a little bit on the sides because of her high eyebrows? Because it makes her look Chinese real quick.”

“I’ve given (Gigi) tips saying you if you’re with makeup artists tell her to do a little, keep your eyes always round and big so they pop,” Yolanda said in a confessional on RHOBH. “Not the Chinese looking.” 

Volleyball was ‘too masculine’ for her girls, Yolanda insisted

During a discussion about school sports, Yolanda wanted to make sure her daughters steered clear of “masculine” sports. In a scene on RHOBH, Gigi and her sister Bella told Yolanda how much they missed playing volleyball.

“Volleyball is a very masculine sport, modeling is a very feminine thing,” Yolanda said. She then backtracked and said if Gigi wants a career in modeling she has to pick either modeling or volleyball.


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This confessional was very different from what Yolanda originally said to Gigi. Yolanda then continued to emphasize how volleyball makes the girls’ bodies look big and bulky. Yolanda then shamed her children’s eating behaviors by saying “they eat like men.” 

After the conversation about volleyball, Gigi reminisced on how she used to wear basketball shorts every day in the third grade. Yolanda went on to say, “I thought that my daughter was a lesbian.” 

Yolanda pushed a diet culture on Gigi, as seen on ‘RHOBH’

The comment on RHOBH about “eating an almond” when Gigi felt weak went viral. Yolanda emerged from surgery and was on the phone with Gigi. Gigi told her she was feeling weak. So Yolanda’s solution was to “Have a couple of almonds, chew them really well.”

In another instance, Gigi was excited about eating at her birthday party and told her mom she was “actually really good this week.”

Yolanda replied, “Then you got to get back on your diet though. Because you know in Paris and Milan they like the girls just a tad on the skinny side.” 

How to get help: In the U.S. call the National Eating Disorders Association helpline at 1-800-931-2237.