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    Updated on Aug 8, 2018. Posted on Jul 29, 2018

    I Just Learned That Gigi Hadid Was Born With A Different Name And, TBH, I Feel Lied To

    Wait what?

    Alright, folks. I have a quick little riddle for ya. What do these three famous ladies have in common?

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    Sure, they're all super gorgeous and talented. But, you know what else? None of them are known by their ~real~ name.

    In case you didn't know it, Rihanna was born as Robyn Fenty, and Miley was born as Destiny Hope Cyrus.

    Butttt, if that's the case...what about Gigi??


    Well, I was just minding my own business, going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole as one does, when I came across this fun fact: Gigi Hadid has not always been Gigi Hadid.

    Okay, okay. What I mean is, what if I told you she was BORN AS JELENA NORA HADID!?!

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    Now, I don't know what rock I've been living under where I didn't know this, but it's not necessarily ~news~. In fact, Gigi addressed it in an interview with Vogue THREE YEARS AGO. Here's what she said:

    My mom was called [Gigi] as a kid by her mother when she was younger, but only around the house. I was called [Gigi] around the house when I was really young, kind of like how my mom was called it. In first or second grade, there was a girl named Helena and it got confusing with the teacher who had to call out our names, and so the teacher asked my mom, “If I needed to call Jelena a nickname, what would it be?” And my mom was like, “I call her Gigi sometimes,” and the name stuck.

    Welp, there you have it! Gigi is Jelena and Jelena is Gigi. The more you know!

    Did you know that Gigi's given name was Jelena?? Tell me in the comments!

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