Meet the newest model in the Hadid family

 Joann van den Herik body positivity model

There’s definitely something in those genes.

It’s a well known fact the Hadids have established themselves as a modelling dynasty. Siblings Gigi, Bella and Anwar are all signed with international modelling agency IMG Models and between them, have countless bookings, campaigns, street style moments and collabs to boot. Mother Yolanda Hadid (née van den Herik), best known for starring in reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, herself worked as a model  for 15 years.

However, according to InStyle, there is a new family member in the mix, with Gigi and Bella’s 18-year-old Dutch cousin Joann van den Herik joining the modelling fold.

Having signed with International Model Management and 12+ UK Model Management, Yolanda’s niece has used her newfound reach to inspire and encourage body positivity through her Instagram channel.

With more than 41,000 followers, her messages are making their mark as she encourages followers to love their body no matter what.

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“I know it’s hard to look in the mirror and love the curvier parts of your body, but if you think about it, it’s just crazy. Who decided that curves aren’t beautiful? Who decided you can’t loveeeee your stretchmarks, fatrolls and big legs?,” says Joann in a recent post.

Calling out traditionally perceived flaws, Joann leads by example when it comes to accepting your appearance: “I’m gonna try and compliment myself on each part of my body every day, you all should try it. Fatrolls [sic]? More like protecting skin. Big ass? More like shaking booty. Too much fat on your legs? More like a mermaid tail. Stretchmarks? Tiger stripes. When you feel good, healthy and happy, why does it matter what other people think or look like?”

Joann’s Instagram also shows how close she is with her Hadid cousins, often celebrating their achievements or sharing moments together as a family.

We’ve got a feeling the rest of the Hadid family will be celebrating Joann’s achievements very soon as her star continues to rise.

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Words: Ella Francis
Photos: Instagram