Bella and Gigi Hadid's secret cousin is an aspiring model

  • Joann van den Herik, 18, from Holland is daughter of Yolanda Hadid's brother Leo
  • Aspiring star has just signed to London-based 12+ UK Model Management
  • Star is a UK size 12 and regularly posts about body confidence on Instagram
  • Is close to her cousins and shares snaps with them on social media  

By Siofra Brennan For Mailonline

Published: 07:51 EST, 10 November 2017 | Updated: 10:43 EST, 10 November 2017

The Hadid sisters are already dominating the catwalks, but now there is yet another family member set to take the fashion world by storm. 

You probably haven't heard of Gigi and Bella's Dutch-born cousin Joann van den Herik, 18, but she's just signed as a plus-size model with London-based 12+ UK Model Management.

Joann is the daughter of Yolanda Hadid's businessman brother Leo van den Herik, and seems particularly close to her cousin Bella, 21, who she's posted several Instagram snaps with, but bears quite a striking resemblance to Gigi. 

The star-in-waiting, who is a UK size 12, has gained a following of more than 31,000 thanks to her honest posts about her struggle with body confidence.

She recently shared an image which shows her posing in underwear, admitting she posted it because she felt 'afraid' to, but decided not to crop out any perceived flaws.

'I wanted to show you guys that I'm imperfect too. I have fatrolls, I have stretch marks,' she said. 'It's so easy to look in the mirror and feel disgusted by the things you don't like, but I don't want to do that anymore. 

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Gigi and Bella's Dutch-born cousin Joann van den Herik, 18, has just launched her own modelling career
Gigi and Bella's Dutch-born cousin Joann van den Herik, 18, has just launched her own modelling career

Gigi and Bella's Dutch-born cousin Joann van den Herik, 18, has just launched her own modelling career

Joann appears to be especially close to her cousin Bella, and recently posted a gushing tribute to her on her 21st birthday 
Joann appears to be especially close to her cousin Bella, and recently posted a gushing tribute to her on her 21st birthday 

Joann appears to be especially close to her cousin Bella, and recently posted a gushing tribute to her on her 21st birthday 

Gigi at the launch of her Maybelline make-up range earlier this week
Gigi at the launch of her Maybelline make-up range earlier this week
Aspiring model Joann bears more than a passing resemblance to her very famous cousin
Aspiring model Joann bears more than a passing resemblance to her very famous cousin

Gigi at the launch of her Maybelline make-up range earlier this week (left). Aspiring model Joann bears more than a passing resemblance to her very famous cousin (right)

Family gathering: Yolanda's brother Leo (back row centre) with Anwar Hadid, Joann (right) and Gigi (front centre)
Family gathering: Yolanda's brother Leo (back row centre) with Anwar Hadid, Joann (right) and Gigi (front centre)

Family gathering: Yolanda's brother Leo (back row centre) with Anwar Hadid, Joann (right) and Gigi (front centre)

'I don't wanna hide my "ugly" side, I want to show it more often, because I've accepted it.'

Joann decided she wanted to be a model last year, when she was invited to do some test shots with her photographer friend Ryan Hall. 

But in a YouTube video, she admitted it's taken a long time for her to feel confident enough to model, saying: I've been feeling bad about myself for a long time. This isn't how it's supposed to be. 

'Girls and boys are not supposed to feel this way. You have to wear what you like, you have to eat what you want. If you love yourself it doesn't matter what other people think. 

The rising star is an advocate for being body confident and encourages her followers to be comfortable in their own skin 
The rising star is an advocate for being body confident and encourages her followers to be comfortable in their own skin 

The rising star is an advocate for being body confident and encourages her followers to be comfortable in their own skin 

Bella and Gigi's younger brother Anwar, 18, is also a model and has walked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger 
Bella and Gigi's younger brother Anwar, 18, is also a model and has walked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger 

Bella and Gigi's younger brother Anwar, 18, is also a model and has walked for Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger 

Joann (left) with her famous cousin at an event for her Tommy Hilfiger collaboration in Berlin in September 2016 
Joann (left) with her famous cousin at an event for her Tommy Hilfiger collaboration in Berlin in September 2016 

Joann (left) with her famous cousin at an event for her Tommy Hilfiger collaboration in Berlin in September 2016 

Gigi and Bella's fashion designer and stylist sister Alana Hadid
Gigi and Bella's fashion designer and stylist sister Alana Hadid
Mariella was born to Mohamed Hadid before he married Gigi and Bella's mother Yolanda
Mariella was born to Mohamed Hadid before he married Gigi and Bella's mother Yolanda

Gigi Hadid have two less well known but equally glamorous older sisters Alana (left) and Mariella (right). The girls were born to their father Mohamed Hadid before he married Gigi and Bella's mother Yolanda 

She's the latest member of the family to embrace the world of fashion, alongside Bella and Gigi. 

The girls' younger brother Anwar Hadid, 18, has also launched a modelling career and has walked for the likes of Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. 

Meanwhile, their older half-sister Alana, daughter of her father Mohamed Hadid, is a stylist and fashion designer for t-shirt brand Currentmoji.

Joann appears to share a warm relationship with her cousins and regularly celebrates their achievements, congratulating Gigi on her second Vogue cover on Instagram, saying: 'You never cease to amaze me.' 

She also celebrated the release of Yolanda Hadid's biography and said she's been inspired by her aunt's fight against Lyme disease. 

'I'm so proud of you Auntie and I look up to you every day,' she said. 

The 18-year-old regularly pays tribute to her famous relatives, saying she's inspired by her aunt Yolanda Hadid's strength as she battles Lyme disease 
The 18-year-old regularly pays tribute to her famous relatives, saying she's inspired by her aunt Yolanda Hadid's strength as she battles Lyme disease 

The 18-year-old regularly pays tribute to her famous relatives, saying she's inspired by her aunt Yolanda Hadid's strength as she battles Lyme disease 

Joann is the daughter of Leo van den Herik, the brother of Yolanda Hadid - pictured at a party in New York with her famous daughters 
Joann is the daughter of Leo van den Herik, the brother of Yolanda Hadid - pictured at a party in New York with her famous daughters 

Joann is the daughter of Leo van den Herik, the brother of Yolanda Hadid - pictured at a party in New York with her famous daughters 

Yolanda shared this throwback image of herself and Joann's father Leo together on Instagram 
Yolanda shared this throwback image of herself and Joann's father Leo together on Instagram 

Yolanda shared this throwback image of herself and Joann's father Leo together on Instagram 

She also attended the launch of Gigi's collection with Tommy Hilfiger in The Netherlands and has posed wearing a shirt from the range on social media. 

The rising star recently celebrated her two year anniversary with boyfriend Robin Nieboer and loves to share loved up selfies of them together, but promoting body positivity is her top priority. 

Recently she wrote: If you have a fatrolls and you want to wear a croptop just DO IT! Today, I'm posting a photo in my underwear because I too have fat and I don't care because I LOVE MY BODY!'

The aspiring star has been with her boyfriend Robin Nieboer for two years 
The aspiring star has been with her boyfriend Robin Nieboer for two years 

The aspiring star has been with her boyfriend Robin Nieboer for two years 

The fresh-faced beauty has signed as a plus-size model with London-based 12+ UK Model Management
The fresh-faced beauty has signed as a plus-size model with London-based 12+ UK Model Management

The fresh-faced beauty has signed as a plus-size model with London-based 12+ UK Model Management

Joann seems particularly close to her cousin Bella, who she regularly posts Instagram snaps with 
Joann seems particularly close to her cousin Bella, who she regularly posts Instagram snaps with 

Joann seems particularly close to her cousin Bella, who she regularly posts Instagram snaps with 

The body confidence advocate tells her followers they should feel confident to wear any kind of clothing they want 
The body confidence advocate tells her followers they should feel confident to wear any kind of clothing they want 

The body confidence advocate tells her followers they should feel confident to wear any kind of clothing they want 

 

 

 

 

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