At just 21, Gigi Hadid has graced the cover of almost every major fashion publication, from Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar to W. But she still manages to keep us guessing. For her first-ever Allure cover, she bares it all like she’s never done before.
The model spent years growing up as a competitive horseback rider, and she’s still passionate about the equestrian arts. Which may explain why she looks right at home doing her homage to Lady Godiva, posing on horseback wearing long curls, a nude thong and nothing else.
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Hadid remembered falling in love with horses when she got her first one at two years old, in her Allure cover story. “We were living in Aspen, and my first pony, Rocky Daddy, was a rescue from a farmer next door,” she said. “The farmer was kind of old and couldn’t take care of him, so my mom asked if we could, and that’s the pony I started riding.”
“Every morning, I’d feed [my horse], and Mom would let me dress myself, so I’d put my rain boots on backward, which I thought was really funny,” Hadid told Allure. “I never really had a great sense of style. I was wearing what I wanted to wear.”
Hadid’s equestrian-inspired nude shoot actually isn’t the first of its kind. Emily Ratajkowski, who isn’t afraid to post nude photos on her social media, flaunted her naked body while riding a horse for a Harper’s Bazaar shoot in August. “When Lena Dunham takes her clothes off, she gets flack, but it’s also considered brave; when Justin Bieber takes off his shirt, he’s a grown up,” she told the magazine. “But when a woman who is sexual takes off her top, it plays into something.”
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