If you've picked up a fashion magazine or tabloid in the past year, you've undoubtedly seen one, or both of the Hadid sisters gracing the pages. While I am a huge fan of Gigi and her glowing positivity and overall just chill attitude, there is something about her younger sister, Bella, that absolutely enthralls me.
I'm not one to give into model-hype, but I'm admittedly low-key obsessed with Bella, to the point where my friends will tag me in photos of her on Instagram, just incase I hadn't seen them yet (most times I have, but it's the thought that counts). Something I really admire about Bella is the fact that she started modeling after Gigi, a seemingly daunting endeavor after Gigi's meteoric rise to success the last couple of years. Instead of treading on her sister's coattails, Bella channeled an entirely different vibe than her supermodel sis, from her campaigns, brand collaborations, and overall style. I love how each sister has distinctively different careers and styles, there is no air of competition or pettiness.
So who exactly is Bella Hadid?
Hailing from Los Angeles, (duh where else?) as a teenager Hadid was a nationally ranked equestrian player and originally had dreams to attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She was unable to train and compete due to complications with her Lyme disease, which is an illness her mother Yolanda and younger brother Anwar also suffer from.
Despite her health issues, Bella signed with IMG Models in 2015, moved to NYC, and it's been nowhere but up since. Fast forward to 2017 and she's got a number of impressive achievements under her belt (not including her killer street and red carpet style which I'll gush about later). In 2016 she won GQ’s Model of the Year as well as walked the runways at Paris, New York and London Fashion Weeks before making her debut at the Victoria's Secret Fashion show alongside Gigi.
Note: Her walk down the VS runway was so iconic because she had just broken up with her long time boyfriend, The Weeknd who was PERFORMING at the show WHILE she was walking. Talk about running into your ex.
Boasting 13.4 million Instagram followers, myself proudly being one of them, Bella is also the face of Dior Makeup and a brand ambassador for TAG-Heuer. So essentially, she's a bad b*tch. And she's a year younger than me, it's fine, I'm fine.
Check out some of her best work below and follow her on Insta (@bellahadid) if you want frequent reminders that you're a mere peasant.