On Thursday, 26-year-old supermodel Hadid posted a picture showing Awasum from behind, with the caption: “Shoutout to my NYC inspiration of the day: this queen.”
She added: “Was too [drool emoji] to get a pic of the front, but she was major.”
After noticing Hadid’s mention, the 23-year-old model shared a photograph of her entire outfit, and said she now wished she had turned around.
“It’s the way @GiGiHadid would have changed my entire life if I was only facing the right way,” the model wrote on Twitter.
To which Hadid responded with: “You were facing the right way exactly where you were headed. Sunshine! Sending biiiiig love Nanga!”
The West African model later admitted on Instagram that Hadid changed her life overnight.
She wrote: “This outfit doesn’t even know its impact. Gigi doesn’t even know her impact.”
“I woke up that morning and I threw on this outfit and I really, really didn’t like the outfit at all, but I had 30 minutes to get to work and I had to get on set,” Nanga told E! News.
She said that she stopped at Zara to buy new pair of clothes when she was stopped by people who told her she was on Hadid’s story.
“I’m blank staring at them because the words just aren’t processing,” the model said.
“I’ve been told I was ugly, I’ve been turned down by so many agencies, I’ve been turned down by so many jobs and just to have someone like her see me and tell me that I was pretty and tell me I was major, it changed the trajectory of my month,” she added.
“After this, anything can happen.”