The next It-girl? Meet Gigi and Bella Hadid's cousin
Let's start with genetically blessed
Our minds were blown when we discovered Gigi and Bella Hadid's brother Anwar, who was also blessed with some serious supermodel DNA. But just when you thought one family couldn't possibly be any more genetically blessed than the Hadid's, say hello to their stunning look-alike cousin Joann van den Herik, who also happens to be a model, naturally.
Joann is the daughter to Leo van den Herik, niece to Yolanda Hadid (a former model herself), and is joining the family business, having just signed her first major modelling contract. Following in the footsteps of Gigi and Bella, the 18-year-old Dutch beauty will be starring in UK-based retailer Debenhams latest campaign for its DD+ lingerie line Gorgeous.
"My body wasn't airbrushed or Photoshopped in any way!!" she captioned an image of herself of her wearing a pale pink lace bodysuit from the Gorgeous collection. But let's be honest, with genes that good, who needs editing?
The Holland-based model, is currently signed with London agency International Model Management, so you can expect to see a lot more of her in coming years. In addition to modelling, Joann has gained a sizeable Instagram following (63,000 and counting) for her body positive posts. She explained that she used to hate "showing her fat rolls" and was "so insecure because everywhere she looked or went people told her that she was too 'fat', too 'ugly', that she was 'unhealthy' and that she needed to lose weight."
But she now seems to have found a healthy attitude and developed a loving relationship with her body and is inspiring others to do the same. "Make yourself happy," she says. "Don't care about the opinions of others because they're not you and they will never be. Try to love yourself more every day. Start by wearing crop tops while you feel you have a big belly, or wearing shorts while you hate your legs. Start telling yourself everyday that YOU LOVE YOURSELF!"
She also regularly shares adorable throwback pictures with the Hadid siblings, which is reason enough to follow her. Oh, and did we mention she has an equally stunning sister, Lizzy, who just made her runway debut as well? Gigi and Bella, watch out!
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