It seems that Bella Hadid became a household name out of the blue, stunning the fashion world with her striking beauty and charming character. We aren’t sure how it happened, but from modest fashion runways and a knack for social media a new star was born – smart, beautiful, and fresh. But how much do we really know about this fashion icon? Here are 8 facts you should know about Bella Hadid.
Usually natural blondes want to showcase their hair as much as possible, but that is not the case with Bella Hadid. Her sister, Gigi Hadid, has same lustrous golden locks, so Bella decided to get a darker shade to stand out more. And that worked like magic! Her beauty became even more prominent and memorable.
She’s an equestrian
Can you believe that Bella Hadid almost went for the Olympics to compete in horse-riding? That’s right, her family has been living on a ranch for over 10 years and, according to the model, she learned how to ride before she could even walk! The Lyme disease made her drop all those plans, but her riding skills are unmatched.
Her middle name
Bella is of Dutch-Palestinian origin and her middle name is Khair. It can roughly be translated as ‘compassionate’ from Arabic. Gigi liked her sister’s middle name so much that she even named a lipstick shade after her! It’s a red lipstick that was released in a partnership with Maybelline. Red is also Bella’s favourite lip colour!
She’s a photographer
Becoming a model wasn’t Bella Hadid’s initial intention, nor did she ever dream about it. Unlike her older sister, Bella came to New York to study photography, but then the whole modelling thing happened. Who can say no to Vogue and high-fashion runways? Although Bella Hadid enjoys being a supermodel, she still hopes to become a pro photographer sometime in the future.
She first hit the runway in 2014
Bella’s first runway show happened during the New York Fashion Week in 2014. She walked for the Desigual brand and impressed everyone so much that shortly after the NYFW ended she started receiving job propositions, including a solo photoshoot for the Jalouse magazine cover.
She was the youngest highest-paid model
In 2017, both Bella Hadid and her sister got onto the Forbes list of highest-paid models. Bella got the ninth place, while Gigi scored the fifth one. It was the first time ever two siblings simultaneously got on the list, with Bella being the youngest ever model to be mentioned by Forbes. She was 21 at the time and has spent a year working hard for various fashion campaigns.
She had anxiety attacks
Looking at Bella Hadid right now it’s hard to imagine that she would experience anxiety attacks doing something as casual as red carpet interviews. It seems simple for us, but is it really so? Going from almost no fame to being recognized by millions of people can get you under a lot of stress. That’s exactly what happened to Bella – there was a time when she got so nervous before doing red carpet interviews she was almost crying. It got better as time went by and she had to talk to lots of people every day. Just part of the job!
She believes in the power of crystals
Looking at Bella Hadid it’s hard to tell that the young model believes in the power of crystals and does meditation on a regular basis. Her mother, Yolanda, introduced Bella and her sister to the holistic medicine when they got the Lyme disease. Bella confessed that she always carries her crystals with her because of their calming energy. She also has her essential oils, especially when she flies frequently to ease the amount of stress on the planes. She used to meditate on a daily basis back in the day and still does it quite often, while listening to soothing music.