09/25/2014 01:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Advice Did Gigi Hadid, Sara Sampaio And Other Top Models Wish They Knew Before Making It Big?


Over the past few years the number of working models appears to have quadrupled. Models like Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne are landing more high-profile campaigns than ever, and all at the ripe age of 22, while others continue to strut down the runway well into their 40s. It's a glamorous life -- being a supermodel -- but before they were sporting couture and sipping champagne with top designers, they were beginners. With a few polaroids in their books and a pair of heels in their bags, they did their best to navigate the highs and lows of the fashion and beauty business in order to make it big.

Inspired by their successful climbs up the fashion ladder, we spent New York Fashion Week catching up with some of the industry's most prolific catwalkers to get a first-hand account of what it's really like to be a young model working in fashion and the lessons they learned along the way. What do Gigi Hadid, Sara Sampaio, and Malaika Firth wish they knew about modeling when they first started out? Find out in the slideshow below!

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