There comes a moment in most model’s careers when it’s time to walk their first Prada show. Some like Anok Yai and Lara Mullen are booked exclusives during their first seasons, while others make their debut several years or seasons in. It was the latter situation that proved true of Gigi Hadid as she took to Mrs Prada’s catwalk for the very first time at the autumn/winter 2019 menswear show in Milan this weekend, almost five years since her catwalk debut in February 2014.
Prada Autumn/Winter 2019 Menswear
Fans were quick to speculate why it had taken quite so long for the modern-day supermodel to step onto the Milanese catwalk for Prada. The reason comes down to a selection of factors: how does this model fit the current brand ethos? Can they fit it in their schedule? Will this collection’s look work for this model?
This early 2019 role for Gigi proved to be an exciting one for fans that had been looking for a return to her modelling roots having seen explore her position as influencer, designer and charity advocate over the last few months. Users on Twitter suggested that at her long-term manager Luiz Mattos had been “booking the same shows.”
Gigi was then quick to champion her friend and his work in consistently advancing her career and profile. “My manager doesn’t just say yes to everything for money,” Gigi wrote in a Tweet. “That doesn’t mean the options don’t come. This industry is about strategising so that nights like last night could happen.. and we have more coming. Until you have been an agent for 23 years do not speak on Luiz.” That’s that.
Gigi didn’t stop there and addressed why it might appear that she’s been a little quieter on the work side recently. “In the last year or so I’ve learned the balance that I need in my life to stay physically and mentally healthy and happy,” she wrote. “Jobs I take are for a reason, as are jobs I pass on. Many people aren’t blessed with a team that understands and supports them in that way.”
As of Gigi’s thoughts on her own accomplishment? Well, nothing but pure excitement, emotion and joy. In a later #AskGigi Twitter session, she explained that as she walked out for the finale, “My eyes welled up with tears in (the) finale. It truly meant so much to me!”
The catwalk appearance comes less than a week after the 23-year-old was revealed to be one of Prada’s spring/summer 2019 campaign faces. Mrs Prada has certainly found a new favourite.