It's through this connection that she got to know Kendall Jenner, as David is the former step-father of her brother Brody Jenner.
Gigi attended Malibu High School - where Charlie Sheen, Sean Penn and Chad Lowe are alumni - where she was the star of the volleyball team, before moving to New York in 2013 to pursue modelling.
Here we take a look at her huge rise to fame: Born and raised in Los Angeles to model mum Yolanda Foster and real-estate mogul Mohamed Hadid, Gigi - real name Jelena - grew up rubbing shoulders with celebrities and living in million dollar homes.
Sharing her privileged lifestyle with younger sister Bella, who is also a model and brother Anwar, it was a pretty charmed life.
In short, she's pretty well connected in Hollywood.
While she was born into money, the story of her father's past is more dramatic.
Her parents split in 2003, with Yolanda marrying singer, songwriter David Foster in 2011.
The 20-year-old model has been carving out her own career over the last few years and while she might not be as famous as Zayn just yet, she's well on her way to becoming a superstar.
“She thought my father was dead.” “We lived in Syria for 18 months. The Dutch born model has been a cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills since 2012, with Gigi appearing as a teenager in a few episodes.
When Zayn Malik was spotted with up and coming model Gigi Hadid this weekend, it wasn't too much of a surprise.
The One Direction hunk was inevitably going to move on from ex-Perrie Edwards eventually and why not with the leggy blonde supermodel?
Two months after he was born in Palestine in 1948, his mother - fearing her husband had been killed - fled to Damascus. Becoming a real estate developer, he's built a 0 million fortune developing Ritz Carlton hotels and enormous mansions.
“My mother loaded our possessions on a donkey and walked to Damascus,” Hadid has previously revealed. Gigi might be the most famous member of her family now, but for the last few years it was her mum Yolanda Foster.