Rose Bertram And Gigi Hadid On What It's Really Like To Be A Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model
In which we learn that the ocean is scary but must also be peed in. Also: Horses aren't always your friend.
Gigi Hadid and Rose Bertram are just a few of the talented supermodels gracing the pages of the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition this year. So when the two stopped by BuzzFeed New York this week, we had to grill them about what it's really like being a model — like whether they prefer pizza or chocolate, and the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to them during a photo shoot. Here's what went down.
Do you have a favorite sport?
Rose Bertram: I used to play soccer. 'Cause I was like a guy before, boyish.
Gigi Hadid: I like playing volleyball but I like watching basketball.
How about a favorite sports team?
GH: They're not doing so well for me now, but I'm an L.A. girl so I have to say the Lakers. We'll come back. It's fine.
RB: I must say PSG, it's Paris Saint-Germain in France. They're really good.
Do you have a favorite memory from your Sports Illustrated set?
RB: Yeah, I have a lot! The most weird thing I've ever done in front of people is peeing in the sea. Because it took too long [to leave] and we were losing the sun. So I said, OK, I'll go in the sea.
GH: I didn't tell anyone when I peed in the ocean during my shoot! I shot with a horse and he was following me on the beach…and he untied my bathing suit! I caught it in time, though. They have it in video.
In your own personal time, are you more of a one-piece or bikini person?
RB: Yeah, me too. Bikini.
Would you rather have a lifetime supply of pizza or chocolate?
Twitter or Instagram?
Were there any major embarrassing moments that happened on set?
RB: I actually hate the sea so I don't really swim (laughs). I was laying down while they were shooting and it was topless, so I was holding my hands like this [covers chest with hands] and I felt something on my leg. Everyone was filming background shots. I stood up and I forgot that I didn't have anything on and I was running. It'll probably be in the video but censored…
GH: Nothing really embarrassing happened to me. Everyone's kind of like a family so you just laugh it off. You don't feel uncomfortable. They're awesome.
What's your favorite location that you've ever shot?
RB: Well I must say St. John.
GH: I shot in Tahiti and it was amazing.
Do you have a doppelgänger?
RB: For years I've been compared to Jasmine Sanders.
GH: Oh yeah.
RB: We met during a show, which was really funny. We don't really look like each other; we both have light skin, she has blue eyes and I have green, so kind of the same type. But I don't know if we look like each other. Do you think?
GH: Well it's just the hair I think, but besides that, no.
GH: I think it's really funny when there are these guys who are [at a fan event] with like, 30 pictures to sign. And sometimes they walk up to you with a picture of someone else and it's just like, "Buddy…"
Do you ever say, "That's not me?"
GH: I just say, "Oh that's not me!" and I run to my car.
What's your favorite music to play while shooting?
GH: Anything Beyoncé.
RB: I love R&B and hip-hop, so whatever's, like, bouncing and shaking.
GH: Beyoncé makes me feel like I AM Beyoncé, which always helps.
How long do you guys prepare for this kind of shoot?
RB: I prepared two months for this shoot. I worked out and TRIED to eat healthy.
GH: I was boxing — I box every day — but besides that I think I had my last burger I think three days before the shoot, if we're being honest here.
Have you ever taken anything from a set?
GH: It's usually like, "Oh I love this!" and the stylist will say, "You can have it!" and it's like, "Oh, thank you."
RB: That's crazy. I got one necklace on set a couple of weeks ago on set when I asked the stylist about this really nice choker. I asked the stylist when it was coming out but she gave it to me.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
What's your biggest fear?
RB: Falling into the ocean, far away into the ocean.
GH: I think, ummm, getting murdered.
What's your favorite website?
What's your favorite emoji?
RB: I like the heart eyes.
GH: This one.