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Photographed in a number of locations around New York City's Plaza Hotel, 20-year-old Gigi Hadid is making the most of her Vanity Fair spread.

She appears with a strategically placed pillow in several photos, while in others she wears a floor-length Donna Karan gown, and in another a bejeweled mini-dress with hashtag and @ symbols -- fitting for a modeling sensation who owes some of her success in part to a 5.2 million-strong Instagram following.

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The shoot accompanies a profile written by fashion-industry insider Derek Blasburg, who gets the 20-year-old rising star to talk about the early years of her career (with campaigns for Guess Kids) and her family connection to bestie Kendall Jenner.

See if you can follow along: Gigi's mother and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Yolanda Foster is married to David Foster, who's ex-wife Linda preceded Kris Jenner as wife to Caitlyn (then Bruce) Jenner. Does that make Kendall and Gigi "ex-step-siblings-in-law", Blasburg asks? "Yes. Wait. I don't know," says Gigi. "We're just best friends."

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It hasn't been completely plain sailing into modeling for the ex-volleyball player. The athletic physique that goes along with competitive volleyball -- Gigi qualified to represent America at the Junior Olympics -- meant agencies didn't immediately see her potential.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the 2015 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
Former model, wife of Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter David Foster and current cast member of season three of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", Yolanda Foster poses for a portrait, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the 2015 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Models Gigi Hadid (L) and Bella Hadid attend the official CFDA Fashion Awards after party co-Hosted by Refinery29 at The Top of The Standard on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Refinery29)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: (L-R) Models Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Bella Hadid attend the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
US models Kendall Jenner (2ndL), Gigi Hadid (2ndR) and Bella Hadid (R) attend the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco street circuit in Monte-Carlo on May 24, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (L-R) Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid stand on stage during dinner for the amfAR 22nd Annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/amfAR15/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (L-R) Models Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Chanel Iman onstage during amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid arrive at Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party at Up & Down on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid, left, and Bella Hadid, right, attend the REVEAL Calvin Klein launch event on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Models Gigi Hadid (L) and Bella Hadid attend Sportmax And Teen Vogue Celebrate The Fall/Winter 2014 Collection on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Models Gigi Hadid (L) and Bella Hadid attend Sportmax And Teen Vogue Celebrate The Fall/Winter 2014 Collection on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Models Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid arrive at Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Television personalities Gigi Hadid, Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid arrive at the Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine Fall 2012 Launch Party at Kyle by Alene Too on September 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Yolanda Hadid and her daughter, Gigi Hadid, pose for a photo after Canadian songwriter and producer David Foster was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Television personality Yolanda Foster, left, and her daughter Gigi Hadid attend the premiere of "The Company You Keep" at The Museum of Modern Art on Monday April 1, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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"My thighs were huge, they were like rock!" she told Daily Mail Australia. "I had like crazy muscles and I [ate] like a man... and it was crazy but at the time I didn't care what my body looked like, I just wanted to be the best volleyball player I could be so it didn't really matter to me."

But Gigi and her mother pressed on and eventually the beauty found representation with IMG models, where she's gone on to represent a welcome and healthy alternative to waif-like thinness in high fashion campaigns for Tom Ford, Moschino and others.

She hasn't let fame and high fashion change her too much. In an interview with Australian radio station Nova969, Gigi admits to loving cheeseburgers -- a couple times a week if she can.

"I mean, obviously, there are jobs I have to plan for that sometimes I'll have to take a month in advance to just kind of focus on eating healthy and working out more, but regularly -- as long as I'm working out -- I love a couple cheeseburgers a week," she says. Her current favorite is from New York's J.G. Melon restaurant.

Between the cheeseburgers and her boxing workouts, whatever she's doing is clearly working for her.

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