35. Gigi Hadid - An American model signed to IMG models since 2013, Gigi Hadid made international fame after being named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016. She also recently gave birth to her first child with her partner Zayn Malik of the One Direction fame. James Devaney/GC Images


  • Gigi Hadid and a friend were arrested after customs officers allegedly found marijuana in their luggage
  • The officers also allegedly found "utensils used for the consumption of ganja" in their bags
  • The model and her friend pleaded guilty to their charges and paid their fines

Gigi Hadid was arrested and fined for marijuana possession last week while in the Cayman Islands for a vacation, according to reports.

The 28-year-old supermodel, who has since been released, and a friend had just arrived at the tropical destination via private jet on July 10 for a girls' trip when they were arrested at Owen Roberts International Airport, E! News reported, citing a spokesperson for Cayman Islands' Customs & Border Control.

After putting their bags through a scanner, customs officers allegedly discovered marijuana and "utensils used for the consumption of ganja" in their luggage, local outlet Cayman Marl Road reported.

Hadid and her friend Leah McCarthy were arrested on charges of importation of ganja and importation of utensils used for the consumption of ganja, the report said.

The two women were transported to the Prisoner Detention Center for processing and eventually released on bail.

Hadid and McCarthy appeared in court on July 12 and pleaded guilty to the charges.

They were both fined $1,000 Cayman Islands Dollars ($1,200) and avoided a recorded conviction, the Border Control spokesperson told USA Today.

Hadid and McCarthy have since paid their fines, a representative for the Cayman Islands' Judicial Administration told the outlet.

In a statement to USA Today Tuesday, a representative for Hadid said that the model was "traveling with marijuana purchased legally in N.Y.C. with a Medical license."

"It has also been legal for medical use in Grand Cayman since 2017," her rep added. "Her record remains clear and she enjoyed the rest of her time on the island."

Hadid appeared to have quickly moved on from the incident as she posted pictures and videos of their girls' trip in the days following her reported court appearance.

On Friday, Hadid shared via Instagram two photos of her posing in a bikini, including one picture of her showing off a giant tattoo of a dragon on her right leg.

She posted another snap of the temporary ink on Instagram Stories, writing, "Am I in my girl [with] the dragon tattoo era?!"

After news of her arrest broke, Hadid took to Instagram Tuesday to share more photos and videos from her trip, writing in the caption, "All's well that ends well."

Gigi Hadid models a Proenza Schouler design at New York Fashion Week in September 2021
Gigi Hadid models a Proenza Schouler design at New York Fashion Week in September 2021 GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA via AFP / Fernanda Calfat