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Gigi Hadid

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Gigi Hadid refuses to starve herself all in the name of her modeling career.

And we can't applaud her enough for her strong convictions.

"When I walked into IMG [her modeling agency], my one thing was like, 'I'll be fit. I've always been an athlete my whole life but there's one thing I will not even do if it means turning away a dream of mine and that is to be too thin,'" Hadid, 19, told me at The Daily Front Row's Fashion Los Angeles Awards, where she was named Model of the Year.

"I want to work with people that want to work with me and how my body is," she said.

Hadid has modeled for Tom Ford, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Guess and recently landed a major Maybelline deal.

Gigi Hadid, Guess

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She realizes she has to watch what she eats, but only to a certain degree. "I'm all for one month of going really hard and eating really healthy and boxing every day if you're doing it for like one job, but I've always said, 'Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane,'" Hadid said. "I find a lot of importance in that."

Hadid's sister Bella was one hand when Nicole Richie presented her with the fashion award at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

It's nice to hear that Gigi's pop star boyfriend Cody Simpson, 18, is much loved by her family.

"I love Cody," Bella, 18, told me. "He's like a brother to me."

And she's hoping the young couple are in it for the long haul.

"I see them being together forever just because I want him to be at our Thanksgivings for the rest of our lives," Bella added.

Gigi gushed, "Our families get along so well."