Candids > 2018 > June 02 – at JFK airport in New York
Candids > 2018 > June 02 – at JFK airport in New York
Bella Hadid may look as if she’s got nothing to worry about, but the Instagram-loving supermodel, who is a face of Dior Beauty (she’s fronting the brand’s Backstage collection, out in July), has certainly had plenty of moments of self-doubt.
“People think I’m very confident, but I really had to learn how to be,” says Hadid, who admits to having felt awkward about her “big hips” and “weird face” when she was younger. Now, at 21, not only has she learned to embrace her distinctive features but she also wants to offer hugs to the detractors who leave negative comments on her social media feeds. “People think I got all this surgery or did this or that. And you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling. I’m scared of putting fillers into my lips. I wouldn’t want to mess up my face.”
Here, Hadid talks about her beauty routine, that time she dyed her hair rainbow, and the one treatment she’d never try.
Did anyone teach you about beauty when you were growing up? I learned about beauty from my mom, though mostly in terms of skin care. She’s always said that good skin is so much more important than the stuff you put on top of it. My dad, meanwhile, never wanted us to wear makeup, so we didn’t. I rode horses, and my sister [fellow supermodel Gigi] played volleyball. In my family, it wasn’t about how you looked; it was about how you competed.
Did you consider yourself a tomboy? I was definitely more tomboy than girlie, but I had a girlie side too. I would wear Dr. Martens with my little plaid skirts and tights to school. I remember giving one of my friends a makeover because she was such a tomboy, even more than me. I would bring her clothes in the sixth grade, and that’s how we became best friends. I learned you can change people’s lives at school [laughs]! That’s where I found my love for fashion.
Did you have to overcome certain feelings of inadequacy as a teen?Yes. I had a small waist and big hips and was kind of chubby. I love them now, but I was always self-conscious of my hips—whereas my sister had a six-pack and was very athletic. And I thought I had such a weird face. I remember very distinctly getting bullied because of my features.
How do you handle it now when people make comments or say negative things? It’s taken me a long time to learn not to listen. I turn my phone off and remember that the people around me are the only ones whose opinions I really care about. Why would I read those comments? They are usually coming more for my character than for my face, which is more hurtful.
Do you ever respond? I don’t. I’ve learned that people are going to hate you and there’s nothing you can do about it except be yourself and love yourself. But I feel people’s energy very intensely. Often I think, “I just want to meet you and tell you I’m not a bad person. You don’t have to be mean to me.”
Right, because it’s about them, not you. I want to write them, “If you’re going through something, I want to be there for you.” There’s obviously something deeper going on. I know it’s not about me personally. We all have our stuff to overcome, and that’s what I want to preach to the kids these days. I went through a serious depression last year, and I think it stemmed from when I was younger and [being bullied by] the kids in school. And now, I guess I shouldn’t be as self-conscious—people tell me that every day—but it’s a personal thing. We all go through it because we’re human.
Getting off a plane and heading straight to a party looking rested and energised is more difficult than it sounds. But if there’s anyone who knows how to do it – because extreme practise, of course, makes perfect – it’s Bella Hadid.
“I travel a lot and I often work directly after landing. I use my mom’s advice, keeping my skin as good as it can be. So on a plane I wash my face as soon as I get on, I have all my serums and my night cream. And then I fall asleep and do it again when I wake up,” she told us, in London for a party to launch the new Dior Backstage collection, which was debuted at the Dior Cruise show last week. “So by the time I get off the plane my face is well rested and moisturised. And I always have a concealer with me, especially when I’m super-tired to get those dark eye bags away.”
Hadid has experienced something of a packed summer so far, following trips to Cannes, Paris, New York and Monaco in the last month, as well as appearances on the Fashion For Relief runway and the Met Gala red carpet among them. Not events you can turn up in an old dress and some hastily-applied make-up for, then. And whilst the 21-year-old takes care never to complain – her manners are impeccable and she’s endlessly gracious – she is clear about the importance of taking care of herself when travelling and working as much as she does.
“I always keep my essential oils with me, and my crystals. I make sure I have a good energy on the plane because sometimes I panic if I fly too much. I’m alone most of the time so I need to make sure I have all my homey things with me. I make the plane my home,” she says. “I have all my crystals on the farm at home and we make sure they’re all charged before I travel. My mom sticks little ones around my suitcase when I leave which is really sweet. One of my make-up artists in Korea knows how tired I get and she gave me this box of liquid ginseng in little packets. It tastes horrible but it gives you this burst of energy. I’ve kind of veered away from coffee recently so I’m just trying to find the most holistic ways I can sustain my energy throughout the day. But most of the time, that energy comes from deep down. I have to push myself really hard when I’m in the zone!”
Hadid remains incredibly close to her family, including sister Gigi, and peppers the conversation with references to her loved ones. In fact, it’s her mother – who she describes as “the most selfless person in the world” – who she credits with her fastidious skincare regime.
“My first memories of beauty are from my mom, talking about keeping your skin amazing first, rather than about make-up. I rode horses my whole life so I wasn’t one to wear a lot of it,” she admits. “But I do remember going into my mom’s make-up cabinets when I was younger and finding the darkest eyeliner I could possible find and putting it on after I left for school, and then taking it off before I got home again. I was a very rebellious child with my make-up – I think because my parents didn’t really like it. But I would find little things that made me feel more like myself.”
Now, of course, with a Dior beauty contract to her name, Hadid has plenty of room for experimentation when it comes to beauty – as well as thousands of products to play with.
Source: Vogue UK
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