Hadid in May 2013
|Born||Yolanda van den Herik
(1964-01-11) 11 January 1964
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S. (former)
New York City, New York, U.S. (current)
|Other names||Yolanda Foster|
|Occupation||Television personality, model|
|Known for||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills|
|Spouse(s)||Mohamed Hadid (m. 1994; div. 2000)
David Foster (m. 2011; div. 2017)
Yolanda Hadid (/həˈdiːd/) (née van den Herik; born 11 January 1964) 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
Yolanda van den Herik was born on 11 January 1964, and grew up in Papendrecht, Netherlands, with her parents and brother, Leo. When she was seven years old, her father died in a car accident, leaving her mother to raise the two children.
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. Afterward, van den Herik modeled in Paris, Milan, Sydney, Cape Town, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Hamburg. 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.
Her memoir Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease, is scheduled to be published in 2017.
Van den Herik’s first marriage was to Mohamed Hadid, a real estate developer, from 1994 until 2000. The couple have three children together, Jelena “Gigi” (born 23 April 1995), Isabella (Bella) (born 9 October 1996), and Anwar (born 22 June 1999).
In 2012, Foster 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. In January 2015, she revealed that, as a consequence of the illness, she had “lost the ability to read, write, or even watch TV”.
On 1 December 2015, Foster announced she and David Foster planned to divorce. After filing for divorce, Foster changed her surname back to Hadid to match that of her children. The divorce was finalized on May 2017.