Bella Hadid, 19, learns ‘more with photographers on set than I was in school’


Bella Hadid covers the new issue of Glamour, the September issue. I think we’re going to see a lot of Insta-models on the September issues this year – Bella’s sister Gigi will probably get some covers, and Kendall Jenner is reportedly Vogue’s cover girl for September too. As for Bella’s photoshoot… I actually think she’s a strong editorial model for the most part, but this is not her best work. She has a real dead-eye problem, but her “movement” photos look good. You can read the full Glamour piece here – she talks about her boyfriend, The Weeknd/Abel, and her horses (because she’s a rich girl) and more. Some highlights:

Why she dropped out of college: “Gigi [who’s a year older] had already started modeling when I moved to New York to study photography. I met with [her agency] IMG. I started modeling and was working almost every day, learning more with photographers on set than I was in school. Even now I’m going to Europe by myself. I’ve got a lot of responsibility.

It’s lonely to travel solo for work: “It does. Even though you’re in Paris and London, at the end of the day, you come home and you’re by yourself. Sometimes I break down and cry. But once I am done with a full month in Europe, I step back and think, I’m so lucky.”

Whether she dyed her hair dark to look different: “Well, I didn’t really dye my hair to separate myself from Gigi. I started dyeing my hair when I was 14. I dyed it black and blue, I wore eyeliner—I was a punk kid. I might want to go blond eventually!”

Whether she & Gigi are twinsies: “I don’t know about twins, but we’re definitely a lot more similar than people think. We have the same voice, the same mannerisms. Sometimes we’ll finish each other’s sentences, or we’ll be the only people laughing. We’ve always been close. As kids, especially on weekends, our mom would drive us to the barn at 6:30 A.M., and we would spend the day together riding our horses, and washing and cleaning them.”

On Stephanie Seymour’s comment that the Insta-models are “the bitches of the moment”: “It’s crazy. I’ve worked with Stephanie before and loved her; she was sweet to me. I don’t know if she meant it in that mean way. But even so, it’s still hurtful. My sister and Kendall work their asses off. We’re all working hard. You just have to let your success speak for itself…because at the end of the day, we’re making our money… I don’t want anybody to fail. Why would you wish that upon somebody? If you’re a powerful woman and you’re confident in yourself, you want other people to succeed.

Going to the Grammys with Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd: “It was a big night for him. He has worked so hard, and he did so well that night. As a girlfriend I wanted to be there to support him. Seeing him so happy when he won a Grammy made me so happy… I’m dating Abel. I don’t see him as the Weeknd. I’m proud of the Weeknd and the music he makes, but I really love Abel.”

Dealing with Lyme disease: “It starts with brain fog; for a while I couldn’t put sentences together. I’m really tired a lot. A few weeks ago I had a big campaign shoot that I had to reschedule. It’s hard, but I push through, because at the end of the day, if you’re not working, somebody else is.

[From Glamour]

She had more personality than I was expecting, mostly because I thought she would sound like a barely sentient dishrag, that’s how low I set the bar these days. But she seems like a pretty typical 19 year old in some ways, and in other ways she seems more mature for her age. I do think all of the Instamodels need to grow a thicker skin though – what Stephanie Seymour said about them was barely insulting, and most people agreed with Stephanie’s central point: don’t call Gigi, Kendall and Bella “supermodels.” Not yet, anyway. They’ve barely been around for two minutes. That was Stephanie’s point, and you can add Bella to the list of “Bitches of the Moment” who are super-sensitive about someone saying they shouldn’t be called supermodels.


Photos courtesy of Glamour.

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  1. ChocoChipDstryr says:

    Is her only facial expression ‘Fembot’?

  2. MissMerry says:

    her face makes me feel like I’m gonna…fall…asleep….zzzzzzz

    so dead.

  3. MissMerry says:

    also she looks a lot like jennifer lawrence on that cover shot IMO

    • Esmom says:

      I was thinking she reminded me of Gisele although now that you mention it I can see JLaw too.

      At least she seems grateful for her opportunities.

      • Erinn says:

        I thought of Gisele too, Esmom. Glad I’m not the only one. I do see a bit of JLaw as well though, now that MissMerry brought it up.

    • detritus says:

      Totally saw JLaw as well. I think it’s the eye shape?

    • Ji-Yun says:

      Also a younger Carla Bruni and a less lively behind the eyes Laetitia Casta.

  4. SKF says:

    I think Gigi and Bella are relatively bright, they seem to work hard and be well-liked. I can’t stop looking at them either – I think they’re both gorgeous. I like them!! I can’t summon anything up for Kendall.

    • Starkiller says:

      I completely agree. I find Bella absolutely stunning-I know she’s had work done, but it’s good work. I also find Gigi pretty attractive in a more accessible, girl next door way, which normally does nothing for me. Kendall is about as interesting as a bowl of cold porridge.

      • Angelica says:

        I almost hate myself for saying this but I absolutely love Bella’s nose job. I think she’s stunning and I don’t hate her and Gigi’s interviews. I don’t love them either, but hey, it’s better than the Jenners (I loathe their interviews).

      • idontknowyouyoudontknowme says:

        Really? I think Bella’s nose job is one of the worst and most obvious ones, it makes her face seem even longer than it is. 🙁

  5. Cdoggy says:

    She looks like jennifer Lawrence in that cover photo.

  6. Reece says:

    And yet none of it is correct English.
    Or is that a typo? Tell me that’s a typo.

  7. Linds says:

    She falls into the same category as her sister and the Jenner girls; always had money, always will have money, sees no reason to further expand their mind or improve on themselves beyond what a plastic surgeon can give them. They’re the role models for the young girls of today, and it’s kind of disheartening.

  8. Aiobhan says:

    She seems just fine. Each photo looks like the same expression from a different angle. Carmen Kass and Naomi would never have been so lazy.

    School is not for everyone. I put in my time in college and enjoyed it, but I realized that everything I know now is from working in the field. She has the luxury of learning this way because her parents are rich and can afford to bank roll her entire lifestyle.

    I still refuse to believe that she is nineteen. I would believe twenty-five, though.

  9. Irene says:

    This girl is so bland, and has zero charisma in front of the camera. Good thing her parents were rich enough to buy her and her sister a career. The Hadid’s are the Mara Sisters of the modeling world.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Compared to Kendall or Suki Whathername, Bella is practically Kate Moss. I think she has a really interesting look, and she doesn’t sound as insufferable in this interview.

      Cara is the only nepotism model who was actually really really good in editorials.

      • Josefina says:

        Oh God I think Cara photographs awfully. She has one Burberry campaign I like and that’s pretty much it.

        I think Gigi’s look is nothing impressive but she’s a good model. I like Bella’s look, on the other hand, but I think she photographs rather blandly.

  10. Lynnie says:

    Lmao what is THAT in the second pic?? Trashbags?

    I would’ve never guessed that Gigi is older. The dark hair ages Bella. On the other hand she seems smartish, at the very least her pullquotes are much more interesting than Kendall’s.

    Someone said Kendall’s bookings are slowing down, and Gigi is taking her place. Is it because Kendall can’t walk, her poses, the way her family upstages her when they go to the shows?

    I am ready for some new and interesting faces tbh.

    • AlleyCat says:

      Kendall’s booking are definitely slowing down. She walks for very few now, and most of the new up and coming models (Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, etc) are taking over. I don’t think Kendall will ever be gone (Kris I’m sure won’t allow it), but her hype is gone.

      I read a rumor back in March that Kendall was going to come out as bi or lesbian in Vogue over the summer so now that I hear she’ll be on the cover, I’m so curious. I’m sure it’s just a rumor but Cara’s British September vogue cover has come out, where’s Kendall’s?

    • BackstageBitchy says:

      @Lynnie that “outfit”/ sleeping bag reminds me of that scene from Zoolander. It’s sooooo Derelicte!

  11. mrspanda says:

    She was probably more offended by being called a ”bitch”, i.e. bitches of the moment – as opposed anything else (ie not being called a supermodel). Tbh I’d be a bit offended too, even if it was meant to be tongue in cheek. I’m not a big fan of the Instamodels either (nepotism… much?) but how would Stephanie like to be called ”just one of the bitches from the 80s”? Without the b-word it would have a lighter meaning, but the b word makes it sound alittle bitter.

  12. Belooooga says:

    Rich people’s kids getting modeling jobs because of their money and connections shouldn’t get all self righteous about how hard they “work”. They’ve never had a real job in their life and they never will. And the only reason they have modeling contracts is because of who their parents are.

  13. Erinn says:

    If she does have lyme disease and her mom didn’t just fabricate that (wasn’t that a rumor for a while?) then I do feel bad for the girl.

    I’ve had a bad week or two with the fibromyalgia symptoms. I’ve been absolutely exhausted and have had some worse pain flareups. Not sure if it’s linked to weather shifts, or what, but it sucks. Just walking from my car this morning to my cubicle was so tiring. And I definitely understand the brain fog aspect.

    I’ve basically been trying to power through as much work as I can early in the day so that as the day goes on and I feel more and more burnt out, I’ll feel less bad about slacking. I can’t imagine working in an industry where it’s that competitive. I know she’s had a lot of opportunity based on nepotism and money, but still. It’s hard dealing with fatigue and pain and managing to do the basic things you need to do. I’m ultimately lucky that I get to come in and sit in my cubicle every day, and know basically what the day will hold. Monday and Tuesday I was in a lot of pain, and right now we don’t have a high volume of work to do. Because of the lack of distraction, it’s harder to ignore the pain. But – at the end of the day, I’m just thankful I’m still able to work. I know a lot of people with chronic illness who are unable to – and I can’t imagine how horrible that must be.

    • kori says:

      All my sympathies! I have fibromyalgia too and it can be a beast.

    • swak says:

      Erinn, sorry to hear about your fibromyalgia. My oldest daughter has it and some days she can’t get off the couch. Luckily she has a job (nurse) that is only 3 days a week and can rest those other days if necessary. She also has EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). Good luck to you and hope you’re feeling better.

  14. nikkisixx says:

    She’s clearly not learning much since she makes the same face in every pic.

    • swak says:

      What is she learning from photographers? I get school is not for everyone but I don’t see her getting much from a photographer other than directions on how they want her to pose.

      • nikkisixx says:

        lol she’s not learning anything. these nepotism celebrities just love making excuses for being ignorant.

      • Erica_V says:

        It does make sense if she was going to school for photography that she would learn more from famous photographers vs sitting in a classroom but when taken out of context, the quote is confusing.

  15. InvaderTak says:

    Good lord her response about “responsibility” is sicking. I get that she owes it to her employers to be professional, but come on. Going to Europe for a modeling trip isn’t that big a deal or even all that hard when the agency is prearranging everything for her. Then I got to the “punk kid” part. She wore EYELINER?! Egads Batman! I rolled my eyes so hard my dog is chasing them around the room now.

    • Timbuktu says:

      Seriously! I rolled my eyes at that as well.

      I just don’t get their appeal at all, I find Kardashian sisters more beautiful. Hadid sisters have faces that are way too long for my liking to be considered classically beautiful, and even though I understand that tastes are different, I fail to see how we NEED 2 versions of the same face in the fashion industry.

  16. chlo says:

    I clicked through and watched the video at the end of the article (on mute, so I can’t comment on what that all actually sounded like). I liked her more! She kept almost smiling and looked great! But maybe that’s because she makes that same stare-blankly face in photographs.

  17. Dani8 says:

    No emotional or intellectual depth. It may be just an age related issue. Time will tell. I think I am one of the few people who actually thinks her nose job is bad. Way overdone.

  18. Joanie says:

    She’s sweeter than I expected. Word in the industry is that Abel cheats on her constantly, poor girl.

    • Josefina says:

      I’ve always saw them as one of those clearly fabricated couples. She needed him to get a fame boost and expand her career. He gets a sexy supermodel as an armpiece for the man-cred.

      I think they’ll “break up” sooner than later.

  19. guest says:

    lol, in my country only beggers ride horses or poor circus people. Funny, the culture is so different in various countries.

  20. Liz says:

    Bella is gorgeous like her sister but more striking. There is no way those K sisters come close as far as looks and aura. I’m not just saying that because they come from a trashy family. They have no unique look but most importantly, i don’t look at them and think wow, they’re models. Cute girls at best.

  21. hogtowngooner says:


  22. Eleonor says:

    Is she wearing Mugatu Derelict fall collection ??

  23. stella says:

    look up bella hadid before after on google. This person has nothing to do with her real face. She had more surgeries than Kylie Jenner. Maybe that’s why she has one expression. She can’t move her face. If she can be a model anyone can. Providing thier parents have hundreds of thousands of dollars for surgeries and a total face makeover and allow it. I don’t know how she gets away with it. She has a wierd face because it is a plastic face and not a natural one. She seriously looked exactly like her dad before. Not a good look on a girl!

  24. NeoCleo says:

    She is just not interesting to look at. Neither is her sister. They both are boring.

  25. rudy says:

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