Yolanda Hadid

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Yolanda Hadid
Hadid in May 2013
Yolanda van den Herik

(1964-01-11) 11 January 1964 (age 56)
Papendrecht, Netherlands
Other namesYolanda Foster
OccupationTelevision personality, model
Known forThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
m. 1994; div. 2000)

m. 2011; div. 2017)
ChildrenGigi Hadid
Bella Hadid
Anwar Hadid
WebsiteArchived website

Yolanda Hadid (/həˈdd/; née van den Herik; formerly Foster; born 11 January 1964)[2] is a Dutch-American television personality and former model. She is best known as a star of the American reality-television show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is mother to IMG models Gigi, Bella, and Anwar Hadid.

Early life[edit]

Yolanda van den Herik was born and raised in Papendrecht, Netherlands, to a family of Christian background. She has a brother named Leo.[3] When she was seven years old, her father died in a car accident, leaving her mother, Ans van den Herik (1941-2019) to raise the two children.[2]


Dutch designer Frans Molenaar asked Van den Herik to replace one of his models at a show, where she was discovered by Eileen Ford and signed a contract with Ford Models. Afterwards, Van den Herik modeled in Paris, Milan, Sydney, Cape Town, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, and Hamburg.[2] She modeled for 15 years before wanting to settle down and start a family. In 1994, Van den Herik moved to Los Angeles to start her family after meeting and marrying Mohamed Hadid.[4]

Her memoir Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, was published in 2017.[5] On January 11, 2018, her reality TV-show competition Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid premiered on Lifetime, which had been developed under the working title Model Moms.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Van den Herik's daughters, models Bella and Gigi Hadid

Van den Herik's first marriage was to Mohamed Hadid, a real estate developer, from 1994 until 2000.[7] The couple has three children together, Jelena "Gigi"[2] (born 23 April 1995), Isabella "Bella" (born 9 October 1996),[2] and Anwar (born 22 June 1999).[2]

Van den Herik married musician, composer and producer David Foster in Beverly Hills, California on 11 November 2011, after becoming engaged on Christmas Eve, 2010.[8]

In 2012, Van den Herik was diagnosed with Lyme disease, as she has stated multiple times on several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In December 2012, she reported that she was having a port implanted in her arm to help treat her chronic Lyme disease. In April 2013, she had the port removed.[9] In January 2015, she revealed that, as a consequence of the illness, she had "lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV".[10]

On 1 December 2015, Van den Herik announced she and David Foster planned to divorce.[11][7] The divorce was finalized in May 2017.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 1st & Ten Betty Ann "Flashbacks" (Season 7, Episode 15)
2011–2012 Nederlandse Hollywood Vrouwen Herself Series regular
2012–2016 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Herself Series regular. Seasons 3-6.
2013 Vanderpump Rules Herself "Tooth or Consequences" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2014 The Real Housewives of New York City Herself "Unhappy Anniversary" (Season 6, Episode 6)
2017 Project Runway Herself / Guest Judge 3 episodes
2018 Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid Herself / Host 8 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2014 "G.U.Y." Lady Gaga The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Band Member


  1. ^ Halberg, Morgan (26 May 2017). "All the Hadids Moved to New York; Justin Theroux Has a Neighbor Problem". Observer. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "About me – Yolanda". Yolanda.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  3. ^ Borgdorff, Suzanne (9 October 2015). "Bloedmooie Gigi Hadid trots op Nederlandse roots / Gorgeous Gigi Hadid's proud Dutch roots". Algemeen Dagblad / General Newspaper (in Dutch). Rotterdam. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2016. ...haar Nederlandse Hollywoodmoeder Yolanda Foster-van den Herik. / her Dutch Hollywood mother Yolanda Foster van den Herik.
  4. ^ "Yolanda H. Foster". Bravo. 13 September 2012. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  5. ^ Willis, Jackie (8 June 2016). "Yolanda Hadid Pens Book About Her Battle With Lyme Disease". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  6. ^ "New Competition Reality Series "Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid" Premieres January 11" (Press release). Lifetime. 30 November 2017. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2018 – via TheFutonCritic.com.
  7. ^ a b Corriston, Michele (17 February 2016). "Yolanda Drops 'Foster' as Divorce Proceeds, Takes Ex-Husband's Name Again". People. Archived from the original on 18 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016.
  8. ^ Leach, Robin (16 November 2011). "David Foster weds model Yolanda Hadid in fourth walk down the aisle". Las Vegas Sun. Las Vegas, Nevada. Archived from the original on 23 October 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. ^ Johnson, Zach (22 April 2013). "Yolanda Foster Recovering From Surgery Related to Lyme Disease". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  10. ^ Rice, Lynette (19 January 2015). "Real Housewives's Yolanda Foster: I've Lost the Ability to Read and Write". People. Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  11. ^ McNeil, Liz (1 December 2015). "Yolanda Foster and David Foster Divorcing". People. United States. Time Inc. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  12. ^ Radar Staff (24 May 2017). "It's Official! Yolanda Hadid & David Foster Divorce Finalized". Radar Online. Retrieved 28 May 2017.

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