May 13, 2021

Bella Hadid: ‘It took me until this year to really understand my face’

The supermodel with 14 million Instagram followers may have marched against Trump’s Muslim ban, but she’s happier debunking her ‘mean and intimidating’ image than talking politics

Not long ago, the most high-profile thing a supermodel could do with her mobile phone was throw it at an underling’s head. How times have changed. Now, the world’s most powerful models run empires from their handheld devices and are as unlikely to be caught in a public tantrum as they are to eat a box of doughnuts.

Bella Hadid is one such smartphone supermodel. Keen students of Hadidology will be aware that the 20-year-old has 14.2 million Instagram followers. They will also know her backstory. Hadid broke into fashion two years after her sister, fellow model Gigi Hadid, became globally successful. Before that, the sisters were peripheral characters on glossy reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in which their mother, Dutch-American model Yolanda Hadid, was a key player. Their father is millionaire real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid, who is originally from Palestine.

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