Fans Have Branded Yolanda Hadid’s Controversial Beverly Hills Parenting Techniques Extremely ”Toxic”

Wed Jul 20 2022

When Yolanda van den Herik was just a teenager, she moved from her home in the Netherlands to New York City with just $55 to her name. Since then, she’s become an icon in the modeling world. She’s not only forged her own career but she’s also given birth to the next generation of supermodels. But fans have a lot to say about how she’s raised her kids.

From telling her Gigi to eat a few almonds when she was feeling faint to allowing Bella to have a nose job during her early teenage years, there’s no doubt about the fact that Yolanda’s parenting habits have been called out for being extremely toxic. And while many fans’ biggest gripe is the fact that Yolanda forced her daughter to stop playing a “lesbian” sport, that’s just the start of her unorthodox parenting rules.

Cakes in the Hadid Household Are Purely for Show, and NEVER Ever To Be Eaten

Fans of the Hadid family got to understand a lot about the comings and goings of their household when Yolanda appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But it was one episode in particular that had people up in arms. During this episode, friends and family of Gigi Hadid were celebrating the teenager’s graduation – and like all celebrations, there was a cake involved. However, Yolanda told her daughter that she wasn’t allowed to eat it.

As perpetual dieters, Gigi hoped that she would be able to eat the cake on her special day. But her mom refused and told her that “this is the hardest for being on our diet.” Gigi pushed back, stating that “I have to have a bite for good luck, though” and eventually she was allowed to cut a piece for her and her mom to share. However, even then Yolanda told her that the piece was “too big” and that she had to cut “half of that.”

Yolanda Forces Gigi to Workout Six Days a Week and Stay Away From Sugar At All Costs

From a young age, it was clear that Gigi Hadid was going to be a star – and that’s something her mom obviously nurtured. And while the model world is full of women who over-exercise and under-eat, many hoped that Yolanda wouldn’t push her young daughter to follow in those footsteps. However, it seems as though she did, as Gigi spent her teenage years exercising six days a week, eating healthy, and avoiding sugar at all costs.

While filming the reality show, Yolanda often praised the young Gigi for being so on top of her health and wellness. She would ask her daughter, “Aren’t you proud? It’s hard to exercise six days a week. It’s hard to not eat any sugar, and it’s hard to have to eat salad every day, but now you see how it pays off.” Sadly, fans were quick to criticize the mother for not allowing her teenager to be an actual teenager, and she’s been dubbed a “momager.”

Fans Can’t Believe That Yolanda Let Her 14-Year-Old Daughter Get Plastic Surgery

It’s no secret that the Hadid family is stunning, but Gigi and Bella have been questioned over the authenticity of their looks in the past. While both of Yolanda’s daughters claimed for years that they had never had plastic surgery, Bella finally confirmed in March 2022 that she had previously had a nose job. She went under the knife when she was just 14 years old, and fans were quick to question why any mother would let their teenage daughter do such a thing.

Even Bella herself maintains that she “regrets” her decision. She confessed that “I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I would have grown into it.” The model stated that she felt pressure to change her look because she always felt like the “uglier sister” compared to Gigi, and one fan wrote on Twitter that “Having your 14 year old daughter get cosmetic surgery to fit a Eurocentric idea of beauty (being quoted calling other daughter ‘all American beauty’) is pretty f’ed up.”

The Matriarch Has Been Accused of Sharing Very Problematic Photos of Her Kids

Mothers often post photographs of their children on social media, and it’s no different for mothers who happen to have kids who have grown up to become celebrities. And while Yolanda Hadid mostly posts beautiful photos of her daughters and son, she’s found herself in hot water over the years. Especially when Gigi and Bella landed their first ever Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show together.

To mark this major achievement in 2016, Yolanda shared two photos of her daughters; one when they were younger, and the photo on the right. However, the photo of her daughters when they were younger was automatically deemed problematic, as both Gigi and Bella were completely nude in this photo. One fan slammed her photo choice by saying, “Totally naked… beautiful picture to us mums, just too many sickos out there that would see this in a different way. Sad but so true.”

Yolanda Believes Her Kids Don’t Need an Education… They Need Money

Today, the Hadid family is worth a fortune. Mohamed Hadid is estimated to be worth around $100-$200 million, Yolanda $45 million, Gigi $29 million, Bella $25 million, and Anwar around $5 million. And while this should certainly be congratulated, many have stated that Yolanda Hadid favors money above anything else; including education. This was even seen during an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

During one scene in 2013, we saw Yolanda moving Gigi into her very first New York apartment. She moved to the city to pursue her education and study criminal psychology at the New School – but Yolanda wasn’t happy about it. She said in the confessional that “I always felt she should take a year off and just work and make as much money as she can, and she didn’t want to.” However, after just a few months Gigi did exactly what her mom wanted and dropped out to focus solely on her modeling career.

Yolanda Told Her Daughter to Eat A Few Almonds When She Was Feeling Weak

As a former model herself, Yolanda Hadid knows what the industry is like – and she also knows how toxic the model industry can be in terms of looks. Many fans hoped that her own experience would encourage her to teach her daughters healthy eating habits, but fans were quick to realize that this wasn’t the case. Because Yolanda wanted her daughter Gigi to be a hit in Europe, she encouraged Gigi to “stay on the skinny side.”

During one episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Gigi could be heard talking to her mom on the phone about how she was feeling weak and unwell after only eating half an almond all day. Yolanda’s response angered fans, as she permitted her daughter to have another “couple of almonds” but that she had to “chew them really well” so she would trick her body into thinking she had a full stomach.

She Called Bella an “Unthoughtful Careless Human” in a Leaked Letter

The Hadid family has dealt with no shortage of drama, and when Bella was just 17 years old she was caught driving under the influence and was ultimately charged. As the world learned of her DUI, a letter reportedly written by her mother was leaked to the press – although some sources suggest that the letter was leaked by Yolanda herself. In this letter, she called Bella a “spoiled, unthankful, unthoughtful careless human being that is lucky to be alive.”

While fans were quick to acknowledge that Bella had certainly done wrong, they believed that Yolanda was being a little too harsh in her letter – especially as Bella had already been so open about the mental health issues she had been struggling with. Fans were even more confused when Yolanda also brought Bella’s brother into the equation, writing that “Life in my home has been changed forever. Poor Anwar his life is going to be miserable.”

Yolanda Once Told a Makeup Artist Not To Give Gigi a ”Chinese Look”

During her stint on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda Hadid divided opinions. She was on the show from 2012 until 2016 – but in rewatching the show in recent years, some have stated that Yolanda was actually much more problematic than she seemed at the time. Many have called her racist, classist, and sexist, and they couldn’t believe one particular scene where she started talking about a “Chinese look.”

In this episode, Yolanda was seen whispering to Gigi’s makeup artist and asking her to change the makeup so that she didn’t look so “Chinese looking.” She then spoke in the confessional, stating that she often gives her daughter makeup advice to “keep her eyes round and big so they pop, not the Chinese look, because that’s not good for her face.” Coincidentally, Gigi Hadid herself is banned from entering the country of China “indefinitely” after a video of her mocking Asian people was posted on her sister’s social media account.

Yolanda Pushed Anwar To Be a Model Even Though He Didn’t Want To

The Hadid family is a powerhouse in the modeling world. Their name is legendary, and every single one of Yolanda and Mohamed’s children has become models in their own right. And after the success of Bella and Gigi’s careers, it was clear to see that Yolanda hoped her youngest child Anwar would follow in their footsteps. And he has, but not of his own accord. Instead, Yolanda pushed him into the industry.

As a shy child, Anwar never wanted to be in the spotlight. He confessed to Teen Vogue that “Modeling was never a thought in my mind growing up, but my mom felt it was important for me to be open to business opportunities and expand my horizons.” Although he’s currently signed to a top modeling agency, Anwar has dreams of leaving modeling and becoming a fashion designer instead.

The Kids Were Taught From a Young Age That They Are Very Easily Replaceable

Fame is a fickle business, and it seems as though Yolanda knows this from her own experience in the limelight. She knows that the next big thing in the industry can come along and de-throne the king or queen at the top, and this is something that she decided to teach her kids from a young age. When they were just teenagers, she told Gigi and Bella that they were replaceable.

She’s stated that “When my girls started, I sat them down and I said, ‘Listen, there are a million girls out there who are as beautiful as you and deserve success as much as you do. You have to be the hardest working girl and show people you care about everybody… It’s a superficial business. At the end of the day, looks will come and go. And what makes me proud of my children, more so than even their success, is that they are polite and respectful.”

Yolanda Is More Than Happy to Break Her Daughter’s Privacy Rules

In September 2020, Yolanda Hadid became a grandmother for the first time when her daughter Gigi and estranged former son-in-law Zayn Malik welcomed Khai Hadid Malik into the world. To this day, Gigi has refused to share her daughter’s face in public or on social media, as she aims to protect her daughter’s privacy until she is old enough to make her own decisions about whether she wants to be in the limelight. However, Yolanda didn’t seem to respect that same rule.

In January 2021, Yolanda was accused of leaking photos of Khai on social media – and she shared photos and videos where her face was visible in the reflection of a mirror. Although the post was quickly deleted, the damage had already been done and Gigi and Zayn weren’t happy. Apparently, “Zayn went crazy – he’s so protective of his daughter’s privacy, he was so mad.”

Yolanda Has a Favorite Child… and She’s Not Afraid To Show It

While there are some parents who would argue that they don’t have a favorite kid, there are others who are a little more honest and confess that they do have one child that has a deeper place in their hearts. And many people have noted that it’s seemingly obvious that Yolanda Hadid has a favorite child; and that favorite just happens to be Gigi. Not only is she the most famous, but she loves telling the world that Gigi is the world’s “all-American girl.”

Critics have stated that Gigi’s blonde features put her above her dark-haired siblings, especially in Yolanda’s eyes. One person even wrote on Twitter that “The way Yolanda would constantly describe Gigi as her ‘perfect Ralph Lauren all-American girl’ who got more of her Dutch genes than their dad’s Palestinian genes highlights how enriched beauty standards are with whiteness and eurocentric features.”

Yolanda Has the Final Say on What Clothes Her Kids Wear, Especially They Look “Lesbian”

Coming from a modeling background, Yolanda Hadid has strong opinions about fashion. She’s fond of big brands and designer garb, and she also prides herself on her sense of style. And when the Hadid kids were younger, every outfit they wore was scrutinized. In particular, Yolanda hated when Gigi wore basketball jerseys to school as she believed it made her daughter look like a “lesbian.”

This continued as Gigi found herself in the modeling world too. Yolanda would often accompany her daughter to shoots and runway events, and she would often put in her two cents when it came to what her daughter wore. During one particular episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda even changed an outfit that a stylist had specifically picked out for a magazine shoot. Fans instantly dubbed her “rude” for this.

The Hadid Kids Were Put To Work While They Were Still Toddlers

Coming from a poor background, Yolanda Hadid had always dreamt of the life that she has today. She’s confessed in the past that “I was very money-driven. I come from a very poor family and my dad died when I was seven, I took on this huge responsibility that I was going to provide for my mother and my brother.” And while fans celebrate her success, some believe that money motivated her to put her kids to work so early on in their lives.

In fact, Gigi Hadid was put forward for her first professional modeling gig when she was just 2 years old, and she continually landed jobs after that moment. However, Yolanda maintains that she didn’t allow either of her daughters to become full-time models until they were 18 years old. She stated that “I didn’t want anybody judging them on what they looked like. I wanted them to feel and be the authentic human beings that they are, and I think that created a lot of strength for them.”

The Hadid Children Are Only Allowed To Eat ”Bad” Food on Their Birthdays

Anyone who knows Yolanda Hadid knows that she likes to look good. Not only does she exercise profusely, but she’s all about staying thin and maintaining her figure through healthy food and small portions. Yolanda encouraged her kids to do the same from the moment they were born, and there’s a rule in their house that they are only allowed to eat “bad” food on their birthdays.

In a scene played out on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Gigi was excited to celebrate her birthday as “pretty much all the food that we’re eating is, like, a heart attack in a meal. But it’s going to be so good.” When the camera panned to her, it was clear to see that Yolanda wasn’t impressed, and she replied with “You can have one night of being bad. Then you gotta get back on your diet, though.” She said this was because they liked girls “just a tad on the skinny side” in Paris and Milan.

Yolanda Didn’t Want Her Teenage Daughter To Have a Normal Teenage Life

When most teenagers are 18 years old, a huge portion of their focus is on having fun. They hang out with their friends, they go to parties, and they enjoy their lives before the hard work really starts. And while Gigi Hadid probably wanted the same, her mom didn’t let her have it. When Gigi moved to the city for college, she was meant to be living with a roommate – but that roommate pulled out because her parents wanted their daughter to have a more authentic experience in a dorm with other freshmen.

However, Yolanda stated that “I didn’t want Gigi to live in a dorm because I wanted her to be in more of a work environment. Kids party and go out and get drunk and I wanted her to really focus on her career where she has to get up at five in the morning and go to work to shoot all day. You know, that was important to me.” Once again, critics believe that Yolanda favored money and fame over her daughter’s happiness.

Yolanda Makes Them Take a Break From Their Busy Lives at Their Farm

When it comes to celebrities, there’s no doubt about the fact that they’re controversial. While some people dream of being as financially secure and as lucky as these people, there are others who understand that life in the limelight can come with its challenges. Yolanda Hadid herself believes that every famous face needs a break from the hustle and bustle of their lives, which is why she takes great pride in the farm the family owns just outside of New York City.

Yolanda forces her kids to take breaks every now and then, and she told People that “My biggest job is how am I going to keep them emotionally stable. We have a farm outside of New York. We ride horses, we have a vegetable garden. I bring them to the farm and remind them of who they are and how they were raised.” Unfortunately, many fans have slammed this notion, by stating that they are incredibly lucky to be able to have that opportunity while so many others don’t.

Gigi Wasn’t Allowed To Play Volleyball Because It Would Make Her Look ”Masculine”

When Gigi Hadid was younger, she tried to enjoy her childhood as much as possible – and her main way to escape the hustle and bustle of Beverly Hills was to play volleyball. In fact, she even had dreams of becoming a professional volleyball player. But when she was 17 years old, her mom decided that she needed to focus less on such a “masculine” sport and instead focus on modeling, which is “a very feminine thing.”

During an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda spoke in the confessional and stated that “She’s gotta start building her career and that means sometimes we have to give up the things that we love to do. These girls they train for hours a day after school so their bodies are big and bulky. I mean, they eat like men. I wanted her to develop as a woman.” So, Gigi gave up playing volleyball altogether.

Yolanda Is Always Pushing Her Kids To Star in Reality Shows Despite Their Own Wishes

Yolanda Hadid received a huge amount of fame and fortune thanks to her role in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and the storylines surrounding her marriage, her Lyme disease, and her friendships thrust her back into the spotlight. Because of this, she is constantly pushing her children to follow in her footsteps – and most recently, she wanted Gigi and her ex-boyfriend Zayn to have their own reality show after welcoming their daughter into the world.

However, both Gigi and Bella Hadid have been open about how the limelight affects their mental health, and so fans are upset to see that their mom would push something on them that would only make things worse for them. Zayn was also against this idea, with a source stating that it was “Zayn’s idea of a nightmare. It was almost like he was bring guilt tripped as she’d always be hinting that Zayn’s reluctance to play the showbiz game was holding back Gigi’s career.”

Gigi Hated the Fact That There Were Cameras All Around Her House

While every human being – regardless of whether they are a mother or not – should be able to do what they want in life, it’s important that you think of how your decisions affect others. And when Yolanda Hadid decided to accept the chance to appear in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it seems as though she didn’t really appreciate how her kids would be affected by it. And, in fact, Gigi hid from the cameras every time her mom was filming because she hated it so much.

Gigi told InStyle in 2022 that “When I think of my childhood, I think of the crazy, ecstatic volleyball player. I was that loud voice. I loved sports, I loved being on a team” but that “I would come home from school and there would be production trucks outside. I would scale the staircase to my room so I wouldn’t have to go say hi to my mom in the kitchen.” Because of this, many fans have stated that Yolanda should have been more aware of how her decisions were negatively affecting her kids.

Yolanda Hadid Has Been Called Out for Being Disrespectful to Minorities

Over the course of her life in the limelight, and over the course of her life as a mother, Yolanda Hadid has faced scrutiny from people who believe that she’s lost touch with reality. Critics believe that the former model has lost sight of her roots and instead given into the celebrity ways of Beverly Hills. After all, she wasn’t born in the United States, but has been spotted being disrespectful to others who also weren’t.

During one particular scene in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Yolanda was spotted telling one of her Spanish-speaking workers that he needed to learn English. Many people observed that to be extremely disrespectful and racist, especially from someone whose children are half Dutch and half Palestinian. They hope that, instead of treating her kids like that, she encourages them to embrace their roots and their cultures.

She Didn’t Prepare Her Kids for What Life Would Be Like in the Limelight

Today, Gigi and Bella Hadid are two of the most successful and most well-known models in the whole world. But both of them have been incredibly outspoken about the fact that they have struggled to live their lives in the limelight, and both their mental and physical health has suffered because of it. While fans are sympathetic, their mom has faced criticism for not preparing them for life in the limelight.

In fact, Gigi even admitted that she followed her mother’s lead when she became famous, and she adopted her mother’s openness – but that this ultimately had a negative impact on her. She confessed that “I’ve always been very trusting, and like a lot of people, I learned the hard way in this industry by being too open in interviews.” She also stated that she had “traumatic experiences” when she was younger, which encouraged her to focus on a more “scaled-back lifestyle.”

Yolanda Encouraged Her Kids To Earn Their Own Money as Soon as They Could

While teaching children the value of money is never a bad thing, many people have criticized Yolanda Hadid for putting her children to work so young. From the modeling gigs to the appearances on reality shows, the Hadid siblings have been busy since they were toddlers. And Bella Hadid was even forced to get a job when she was just 14 years old.

When she was a teen, Bella worked in the SunLife juice store in Point Dume, where she would make acai bowls for just $7 an hour. She explained that “It’s not to say that I didn’t have a very privileged upbringing. But my parents are immigrants who came here and worked for everything they had. I always knew the value of a dollar.” Some have praised Bella and Yolanda for this, but others just aren’t too sure it was right for her to work so young when she could have been focusing on her studies.

The Kids Never Had a Settled Home, but Simply Moved From Mansion to Mansion

After six years of marriage, Yolanda Hadid and Mohamed Hadid got divorced – and this had a major effect on the family unit as a whole. Yolanda was a single mother for a few years before she later found love in her now-ex-husband David Foster, but during this time the kids struggled to get into the groove of where their “home” was. Especially when they were staying with their dad.

Although the kids lived with Yolanda during the week, they spent their weekends with their father in the various mega-mansions that he was building at the time. They were all in the midst of construction and they never became their actual home. Bella has stated that she felt as though she were living a “borrowed life” during this time, and that she never had any clothes or even a stuffed animal in these properties.