There is a dynasty in the world of fashion which is boldly establishing its rule, with a clear plan to last forever: the Hadid family. Gigi, Bella and Anwar are already very famous, but there is one more member of the family that is grabbing media attention more and more often, as she grows up: Joann Van Den Herik, 18 years old, cousin of the Hadid models, and our WCW of the week. Let’s get to know her a little better with these 5 fun facts.
1. Family first
Joann was born and raised in the Netherlands, where she still lives. To be precise, she is the daughter of Gigi and Bella’s mother Yolanda’s brother, but you knew that much already. The young girl loves her family, and her Instagram profile is packed with photos snapped with her cousins, her aunt and her father. Family first, then.
2. Proudly curvy
If you’re expecting her to share the same body type as Gigi Hadid, think again, because Joann is famous for her curvy, beautiful body, and she is very proud of it. The Dutch girl posts inspirational photos on her IG profile every day, encouraging her peers not to be ashamed of their flaws, and we think using a tool like Instagram for something so socially meaningful is very honorable.
3. Special qualities: bilingual
Yolanda’s family went international, emigrating from the Netherlands to go and seek their fortune in the US. This change had (positive) repercussions on the rest of the family, which stayed in Europe: for instance, Joann had to learn excellent English to be able to communicate with her beloved cousins. So, Joann is not only very beautiful, she is also bilingual!
4. YouTube Vlogger
Joann is only 18 and she’s already showing multiple talents: she avoids using the name of her super famous cousins to gain in popularity, and actually, she also has her own YouTube channel, on which she shares her life, with stories of life as a plus size models to her adventures with her boyfriend. Her blog has been gaining more and more followers lately!
5. How to hate summer
Joann spent her entire life hating summer! How can a teenage girl possibly hate summer? Well, as is often the case, weight is the problem: Joann said she used to love winter because it allowed her to cover up as much as possible. Luckily, Joann became more self-confident while growing up, and she learned to enjoy summer… As every young girl should!