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Gigi Hadid opens up about competing with sister Bella Hadid for work

The 23-year-old confesses what it's really like to have her younger sibling follow in her fashionable footsteps.

As two of fashion's most recognisable figures right now—we're talking multi-million dollar contracts for Fendi, Stuart Weitzman and Dior, as well as ruling the Tommy Hilfiger and Versace catwalks—you'd be forgiven for thinking Bella and Gigi Hadid might be in steep competition as to who books the biggest jobs.

But, as 23-year-old Gigi told tennis GOAT Serena Williams in the newest issue of V Magazine, she and her sister are actually the biggest supporters of each other's success.

In her chat with Serena, who also happens to be a family friend (and someone who knows a thing or two about family rivalry), the older Hadid sister opened up about what it's like to have her little sis follow, and flourish, in her fashionable footsteps.

"I absolutely love it. It's very rare to have what Bella and I have in fashion, what you and Venus have in tennis," Gigi told Serena. "I feel very lucky to be able to have a piece of home in my work environment. We are each other's biggest fans. It has been a huge joy of my life to watch my little sister flourish, and to help when I can!"

Gigi said whilst she was always there for Bella at the beginning of her career, she had to actively lean away from her instincts to swoop in and shelter the 21-year-old from the industry's demanding realities.

"I personally really loved the challenge of learning a lot of the fashion ropes on my own when I started working in New York, so I didn't want to take that experience away from Bella when she started," she explained. "I was always there whenever she had a question about a specific client or situation, but I tried not to be too protective, which comes naturally to me with her. We're always FaceTiming to keep each other company on work trips."

Gigi added, "I would say that out of everything, Bella and I are the least competitive about our careers. We are more competitive about holiday cooking."

The feelings seem to be mutual.

Last year, Bella chatted with Harper's Bazaar Arabia about going head-to-head with her sister at work and said most of the time they're not actually at risk of taking jobs from each other because "our markets are completely different".

Adding, "And if we get booked on a job and she gets it or I get it, we're both happy for each other."

But what if Gigi did get a job that Bella reaaaaaaally wanted?

"We're in the family so she can buy me a pair of shoes," she joked.

That deal seems fair ¯_(ツ)_/¯