Bella Hadid worked Paris Fashion Week even though she had a fever: rude or fine?

Bella Hadid in Paris

Here are some photos of Bella Hadid out and about in Paris yesterday. She was leaving her hotel, probably on the way to her new runway job during Paris Fashion Week. Knowing that Bella was feeling sick, it does look like she was walking gingerly, right? She’s walking like “omg, I might puke on the paparazzi, I need to get to the car.” As it turns out, Bella really was sick as a dog this week – she posted a message on her social media talking about how she had a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

The runway was heating up at Paris Fashion Week… and so was Bella Hadid‘s forehead. Ahead of walking several fashion shows, the 22-year-old model revealed to her followers that she was feeling under the weather and suffering from a high fever.

“101 fever is not cute when walking a runway,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories Thursday, along with several sick and sad-faced emojis.

Underneath the caption was a selfie of Hadid in the backseat of a car holding her forehead and wearing a cozy, cream-colored sweater. Despite feeling ill, that didn’t stop Hadid from strutting her stuff down the runway later in the day. The star first appeared in the Off-White Ready to Wear fashion show, wearing a revealing gray and yellow checkered ensemble that showed off Hadid’s toned physique.

[From People]

I’ve been sick twice in the past three months – before Christmas, I got that heavy respiratory flu/cold which was going around and I didn’t feel right for about two weeks. I also lost the taste in my mouth (for about a week) and I didn’t feel like my sinuses were back to normal for a while. I didn’t have a fever though. But then last month I had one of the worst 48-hour stomach bugs I’ve ever had in my life. I thought I was going to die, I was so violently ill and pukey. I had a fever then.

My point? I’m lucky to work from home and I’m in no danger of infecting other people with my various plagues. While I guess Bella could be praised for working even though she had a fever and felt like hell, I don’t understand why the fashion people weren’t like “chica, you need to go home before all of Paris Fashion Week gets sick.” Seriously, if one model is sick during Fashion Week, I bet they all get sick. Just send the sick girls home. It’s not brave to work in close quarters with other people while you have a virus, it’s irresponsible. If I got sick from Bella Hadid, I would be so mad! I’d tell people for YEARS about the time that bitchy Hadid sister gave me her virus because she went to work instead of taking care of herself.

Bella Hadid in Paris

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  1. Lolly says:

    God, her face is so plastic. It looks painful for her to express any emotions.

  2. Patty says:

    I like her before nose job face better.

  3. Steph says:

    I like her sweater

  4. Erinn says:

    I guess it depends. We don’t know what she was sick with – it’s not automatically going to be something that is super contagious. Some vaccines can give you a fever. You can have a fever with kidney stones or things like that so it’s not an automatic 100% guarantee that she’s going to infect someone, though there’s a decent chance she was I guess. For contagious illness, you’re already contagious before you’re experiencing symptoms so regardless of whether you’re feeling sick yet you can still spread illness.

    At the same time – I work in a semi-open plan office. We have cubicles but they’re not like the mini office kind – only walls in front of us and as long as the sides of the desk. We get 5 sick days a year – which is better than some people, but still not many. Everyone around me has been sick this week at some point with a horrible stomach virus, some started this weekend. They took off the day they were sick – but really, they were here when they were contagious. I’ve somehow managed to avoid getting sick (and I have a questionable immune system because of chronic illness). Most of the guys have said they felt like they were dying for about 12-16 hours and then it tapered off as fast as it started.

    The ones that really bother me are the ones who are coughing and hacking and sneezing all over the place. But we live in a culture that penalizes people for sick days (no joke, they can give out demerit type points for taking your allotted sick days – thankfully my boss does not) and if you have too many points against you you can end up on ‘probation’ or if it gets really bad fired. So I can see why people work when they’re sick – my issue is the people who don’t sanitize their work stations and don’t try to stifle their coughs/sneezes.

    • BeanieBean says:

      How is that even legal? If you’re sick, you’re sick. If you have a doctor appointment, you go, & you use sick leave. I don’t understand how they can get away with giving you demerits for using something you’re legally entitled to use.

      • Idiotsgalore says:

        If you have a 48 stomach virus, there’s no point in going to the doctor. There’s no meds that can treat a virus. It just has to run its course. Why waste the money on a copay/visit.

      • Erinn says:


        Who knows. I got written up a few years ago because of it – chronic migraines and kidney stones all in a short period of time. I get that there are people who will magically be sick on a friday/monday rather than booking time off because they’re hungover or something, but that should always be a case by case basis. I don’t know if it’s a ‘rule’ from the US offices that’s been forced into my Canadian office, or what. But I just googled and found a lot of the same stuff happening in other US companies (ie Walmart.. another one talking about it happening in a hospital of all places). I get 5 sick days and I think 3 personal days a year – their logic is for us to use personal days for appointments and stuff – which is great if you can schedule them around your work schedule, but not good at all if you have chronic illness or something like cancer treatment.

        We also have drs pushing back against sick notes – our ERs end up crowded with people trying to get a drs note to give to their employers when they have something minor like a stomach virus or cold.

      • Lua says:

        I work at a hospital and we get demerits if we call in sick. So we come in with fevers all of the time as long as we can function because everyone is afraid of getting fired

      • me says:

        @ Lua

        So is the health of the patients not taken into account? I worked at a hospital for a year and we were given very strict training. We had to sanitize our hands before and after leaving a patient’s room…yet I constantly saw the nurses going in and out of patient’s rooms without sanitizing. This is how so many people end up getting infections while in the hospital. If a nurse is sick and handling patients all day, I can only imagine how risky that is for the patients. Nurses, of all people, should have to stay home when they are sick and not get demerits. That is insane.

      • BeanieBean says:

        Fascinating everybody, thank you. I’m a federal employee, and everyone of us earns four hours of sick leave a pay period (26 pay periods per year). So that’s 13 days of sick leave a year. And it accumulates, so if you don’t use it, it keeps adding up year after year. I think I have about 300 hours right now. It’s to be used for illness, appointments, taking care of family & etc. If you’re sick more than three days in a row, when you return, you must bring a doctor’s note saying you’re cleared for work. I only had to do that once, when I had a killer ear/nose/throat & sinus infection. Of course, there are people who abuse the sick leave–e.g., calling in sick every Thursday morning if they’re on a 4/10 schedule. But there are HR actions you can go through with, because that’s not kosher. Very very interesting reading all of this. And just not right. Even if you’ve got some 48-hour bug, you should be able to stay home with no consequences.

    • Mia says:

      I had a co-worker who was not only sick all the time but also nasty. Everyone in the office got the bug. It was worst for me. When I finally went to the emergency hospital, I was diagnosed with diabetes and had pneumonia. My diabetic doctor said my immune system is shot and when people get sick and I catch it things are worst for me. I ended up with a kidney infection because I got ill. Now I’m rude and just tell me, when they’re sick stay the f away from me unless they’re paying my medical bills. At least now I’m off the insulin and now considered pre diabetic. sorry for the rant but when assholes cough, sneeze without covering their mouth is piss me off.

      • me says:

        They should cough/sneeze into their elbows not hands. Most people cough/sneeze into their hands but then don’t wash/sanitize their hands, therefore spreading even more germs on everything they touch.

    • jan90067 says:

      A lot of women, especially, say they save their sick days for when their kids are sick, so they always came to work, even with fevers, as long as they could, w/out passing out. No joke. When I taught, people *always* came to work, sick, hacking, coughing, sneezing all over the place. The only time they weren’t there is if their kids were *really* sick.

      And to be honest, parents seemed to ALWAYS sent the kids to school sick. I would send kids to the office with fevers all the time, and the kid would just lay there, on the bed in the office, because a parent couldn’t come and take the kid home.

      I used to buy little bottles of Purell and gave one to each kid to keep in their pencil boxes (which I also provided, along with kleenex for every table), so when the kids coughed or sneezed into their hands, they could (semi-) sanitize.

  5. OSTONE says:

    She is rich and famous, she could have stayed home and rest. However, I have had to go to work sick before because we have screwed up labor laws in the US. Long story short, this company I used to work for would penalize us if we called out sick and didn’t offer sick time. So I understand people who have to make the tough choice to go to work sick, not because they are rude or inconsiderate, but because they have to.

    • Mia says:

      the company I worked for offered no sick days as well. You better believe when the owner was sick, they didn’t come in.

  6. Swack says:

    So irresponsible. Friend whose foster child was sick with a fever was told by her work to stay home a second day (even though she was not sick) so that she would not get others sick. If she needed the money then MAYBE she had a reason to be there. She doesn’t need the money nor will she not be asked to walk other shows or this one in the future.

  7. Case says:

    A lot of people think that they’re better or more hardworking if they turn up to work when they’re very sick. They’re really not — it’s selfish. No one wants your illness.

  8. Idiotsgalore says:

    Of course WE think it’s rude. But I guarantee the industry would say she has a poor work ethic if she canceled over a fever. Unfortunately, unless you are severely ill it’s frowned upon to miss work. It sucks. But if I missed worked every time I felt like shit, I’d probably get a warning regarding my attendance. My friend works for Cleveland Clinic, if she leaves work early due to an illness she gets a point. Once those points add up, you get a verbal warning, etc. So if you get sick 3x in a year, you’ll likely have a warning.
    Unfortunately, this is just the world we are living in these days. The almighty dollar trumps personal heath & wellbeing.

    • Charlie says:

      101 fever is seriously ill.

      • Idiotsgalore says:

        A fever is not seriously ill. It could be a sinus infection which isn’t even contagious…. or even an ear infection. Those aren’t serious.
        Pneumonia is seriously ill.

      • Janie says:

        She has some kind of chronic illness, doesn’t she? It might be part of that. As someone with a chronic illness, if I bailed every single time I got sick, I would never be able to hold down a job or go to school.

        Also, the fashion industry is pretty cutthroat. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you piss off a designer by cancelling last minute, they’re never going to book you again. I’m not going to hate on her for this one.

    • TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

      I would say that depends on where you work. I’m at a Fortune 50, and I sent an email to my team at the beginning of flu season that boiled down to: if you’re sick, keep your ass at home and rest. You are not “showing dedication.” You are risking the rest of us or our clients getting sick, AND you’re wasting productivity and more likely to make errors. Go to bed and stay there until you’re better.
      Of course then I got sick and had to take my own advice or my manager team would have given me shit for months. 😂 Fortunately we have 8 sick days, along with float and vacation, so I took a couple and put the covers over my head. 😂😂

    • SamC says:

      I agree with you, she’d get flack either way. If she canceled, the story would be how privileged she is that she could take a day where non-nepotism models would be penalized. She shows up and will get blamed for being selfish and patient 0 for spreading illness throughout Paris.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Wow, all these stories about getting docked for using sick leave is wild to me. I’m not seeing that sort of thing as a federal employee.

    • CleaK says:

      This reminds me of everytime there’s a sick model on ANTM. They get praised for pushing through the illness and a light censure to take care of themselves. If they do stay home to take care of themselves, then they are lectured for not fulfilling their obligations. It’s a damned if you, damned if you don’t situation. I know that ANTM isn’t a particularly accurate portrayal of the modelling industry but I bet that aspect isn’t too far from reality.

  9. Charlie says:

    I’m sorry, I have no patience for this. I lost my sh*t once at a ‘mommy and me’ class, when another mom brought her sick kid to class. Everyone knew we went home to someone terminally ill. So no. A hard NO.

    • Lola says:

      Depends what you define as sick. I have a chronically ill child. She goes to day care. All winter long the other kids and my kid have had runny noses without fever. We still send her to day care on her runny nose days. We only keep her home when she has a fever. This is the protocol as set by our department of health.

  10. deezee says:

    If she is sick, it would be great to stay home and rest. It probably isn’t that simple for her. She is a name in the industry, whether people like her or not, and when one of your big name models isn’t walking the runway, you may get less exposure. When stories are talked about her or the label is featured, it may be her picture they are using thus promoting the brand. In that sense she has more pressure to show up than the random Jojo Modelgirl that isn’t a name like Bella Hadid.

  11. sash says:

    The backstage area is cramped, so people change their outfits and get their makeup and looks done in close proximity to each other, even if some veteran or heiress models have a larger personal area afforded to them.

    Bella is an heiress. She could have sat this one out and still be top of the list for the next run-around after she’s recovered. The vast majority of the other models are not heiresses and need their money to pay their rent, agency dues, etc. They get sick, they can’t work and they’re dispensable in a way that Bella has no appreciation of. So, yeah. Not cool imo.

    • me says:

      You can imagine how close the make-up artist had to be to Bella to do her job. Also, don’t they use the same make-up on all the models? During a fashion show I doubt they clean/sanitize the brushes/lipstick each time.

      • Janie says:

        I know a few makeup artists and they’re pretty conscious of this. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt that she mentioned it to her makeup artists so they could take precautions. Also, it’s pretty hard to imagine her makeup artist didn’t notice that she had a fever.

        They definitely sanitize all the brushes or use disposables. If they didn’t, models would be getting pinkeye left and right at shows.

  12. me says:

    I saw a dad with his child at the grocery store during school hours. The kid was probably around 6 or 7 years old and clearly both seemed “home sick” from school/work but were out grocery shopping coughing, sneezing, and the kid was wiping his nose on everything ! Have some common sense people. A lady also brought her sick kid with her to the DMV. There was a huge line, we were all packed up super close to each other and this kid has his nose running the whole time. She never gave him a tissue or anything. Those germs got EVERYWHERE.

    • Swack says:

      I watch grandkiddos and if one of them is home sick I go NO WHERE – even if I had things to do. Don’t understand why you would take someone out when they aren’t feeling well. First you may infect others, secondly you may make the child worse by wearing them down being out and about.

  13. Michael says:

    There is an enormous amount of money and pressure involved with these fashion weeks and Bella and her sister Gigi are often the star attractions for these designers. She probably felt that she could not run the risk of hurt her relationship with these brands. In show business they always the show must go on. It is not like they have a floater to fill in for her. I think she was simply doing her best to fulfill her obligations

  14. LivePlantsCleanAir says:

    With a cold, one is contagious 2-3 days before symptoms (sorry, world), 3-4 days after symptoms (I stayed home as much as possible; still needed to walk the dogs…). I am currently still snotty, runny nose, coughing, hoarking up gobs of mucus (averaging 3 hankies per day now, but was averaging 6-8 hankies at peak), but am no longer contagious. If she was contagious, I don’t care HOW BIG A NAME SHE IS, she has no business going to work, without a mask to protect others. In a perfect world, she would wipe down everything she touches with handi-wipes or the like in any public place….

  15. Dee says:

    Wow, I really disagree with all of you. I think this shows an excellent work ethic. She had promised to be there; it’s a really big deal for the designer and dozens of other people depending on her; and, she could just be sure to wash her hands a lot and use basic hygiene.
    This is not the same as us going to our office jobs; this is more like missing a speaking engagement at a once-a-year conference.

    • Viv says:

      Plus, aren’t the outfits somewhat tailored to fit the specific model who is wearing them? I’d think it would cause a lot of extra effort for the staff to tweak an outfit to someone else’s measurements if she didn’t show – even if they found someone close to her exact size.

  16. M says:

    Sorry 101 is not a high fever. The cut off for my kids when they have to stay home from school is 100.3

  17. Pandy says:

    I was working up this great answer about how society expects us to keep chugging along even when sick … then realized she POSTED A SELFIE of herself trying to look ill. Piss off.

  18. BANANIE says:

    Now I’m not saying she’d lie about this- or why she would want to- but we don’t actually know she’s sick. She could just be trying to get attention.

  19. Shannon Malcom says:

    *shrug* I mean, it’s not like she needs the money, I’m sure. But I’m not sure how fashion shows work. Maybe it really would throw the show into a bit of turmoil if one woman was missing? Doubtful, but again, I don’t know how those things work. I do know the pressure to show up even if you’re sick can be real, regardless of the job, so I kind of feel for her if she got guilt-tripped into being there.

  20. Newyorking says:

    I am surprised that designers would want her in their clothes or makeup artists and hairstylists would want to work with her or even use the products with her and other models. Fever means she is contagious; there is a reason kids can’t go to school unless fever-free for 24 hours. Unless she is on antibiotics for 2 days. My doctor strongly advised me not to fly for 2 days with my fever to not get others sick. So yes I can’t respect someone who goes to work with fever unless s/he has no choice. Bella has options.

  21. Chingona says:

    After reading all the comments I am so grateful that we own our company and I can take off when needed. I could never imagine treating our employees the way some of you are being treated with penalties just for being sick. We have had employees gone anywhere from two weeks to a month from sickness and would never fire them for it. Just this week an employee was so sick that he missed 4 days of work, my husband personally took him to the doctor and paid for the visit and medication. We have helped our employees buy cars, houses, even bailed them out of jail. I don’t understand the mentality of treating your employees as children or slaves, they are helping your company grow and prosper.

  22. Snowflake says:

    I used to wait tables when i was younger. No health insurance. So unless I was really sick, i would go into work. Couldn’t afford $200 for a walk in clinc AND miss work. And you can’t get in to see a doctor for at least 3 weeks so that doesn’t work either. To this day, my marker of a good job is if it has health insurance. That’s sad