The mother of Gigi, Bella and Anwar was born Yolanda van den Herik in the Netherlands in 1964.
Born into a poor family, she spent her childhood riding horses and milking cows on a farm in small town Papendrecht.
Her father died in a car accident when she was seven, leaving her mother to raise her and her brother Leo alone.
Writing on her website, Yolanda said she felt pressure to be the provider of her family, a dream realised when she was discovered by a modelling scout as a teenager. After spending time in Paris and Milan, she moved to New York with 100 guilders – the former Dutch currency – which once exchanged was about US$55.
She eventually moved across the country to Los Angeles, where she saved enough money to buy her own apartment.
“I didn’t know about luxury items. I never spent any money. I was very frugal,” she said. “I bought an apartment in Los Angeles and that was my first…