Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fans can rejoice: Yolanda Hadid has a new reality TV show, and she's including her supermodel daughters, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid. Yolanda's new show is called Making a Model With Yolanda Hadid and it premieres on Lifetime on January 11 at 10 p.m. Lifetime recently released a new trailer for the show, and along with showing the models Yolanda will be training, it also heavily features Gigi and Bella.
Six aspiring models and their momagers will live together in a house, learn about the modeling industry, and compete in $5,000 challenges every week. The grand prize at the end is representation from IMG Models in New York City and a management contract with Yolanda.
If anyone knows how to be a successful modeling momager, it's Yolanda Hadid. She was a model herself and has not one, but two supermodel daughters, so she clearly knows what it takes to make it in this industry. Getting advice from three Hadids definitely gives the aspiring models an edge in the modeling world.
Based on the trailer, it looks like Yolanda is the one calling the shots throughout the series, but her daughters do appear to interact with the mother/daughter pairs and provide advice during the challenges. For example, Bella shows up with Yolanda to welcome the cast to New York City, with flowers and cupcakes in hand. She even tells the girls, "I'm just like you guys and I started out this same way." And during a photoshoot, Gigi tells one of the contestants to "laugh bigger" to get the perfect photo.
Longtime Real Housewives of Beverly Hills viewers saw Yolanda in action as a momager with her daughter Gigi when she was at the very beginning of her career. Yolanda had a strict policy about her daughters waiting to get into the industry until they reached age 17, and it's something she mentioned on the show and in interviews.
In a 2014 Allure story, Yolanda discussed getting her daughters into the modeling business. They were not allowed to work until they were 17, until you knew who they are," she said. "I was 16 when I got started, but I needed to work. It is a different situation for them. I took each of them on their 17th birthday and found them an agency that was right for them. It ended up being the same agent for both, IMG. And I told them to work hard."
In 2014 interview with Women's Wear Daily, Gigi discussed Yolanda's role in her career, "She would not let me sign with an agency until I was 17 because she wanted me to be a normal kid and accept myself for who I was. She knew the industry was going to judge me."
Even though Yolanda was adamant about her daughters waiting to sign with a modeling agency, Gigi explained to Womens Wear Daily, that Yolanda was actually helping prepare her all along. "I was always in front of the camera," she said. "My mom was really passionate about photography — I have pictures of my whole life. I've always just been in front of my mom's camera and it's always comfortable to me."
Aside from teaching her daughters how to be models and guiding them to get into the industry, Yolanda has had their backs throughout their careers whenever they faced setbacks. This is something the mothers on the show will have to face, as well, if their daughters end up becoming models.
For instance, in an April 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rebecca Romijn made comments about the new super models being social media stars. "I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can’t stand it," she said. "Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels." Romijn then posted a tweet that said, "hey @kendalljenner @gigihadid don't believe the
#clickbait. Never talked smack about you. Both amazing & beautiful." Still, Yolanda wasn't having it and supported her daughter and Jenner by quoting Romijn's tweet with a post of her own about how hard working and accomplished the women are.
If anyone knows how to be successful in the fashion industry and have each other's backs, it's the Hadid family. They have the knowledge and experience that these aspiring models and their mothers need to get a leg up on the competition within the reality show and outside of it.