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Bella Hadid’s Revelation About Her “Minor Trauma” Is Shining A Light On How We Internalise Pain

If you look up the phrase ‘Bella Hadid jaw’, you’ll be bombarded with countless articles about the benefits of ‘mewing’ to achieve Bella’s sculpted jawline.
Her angular features are one of the supermodels signature trademarks, with millions of impressionable young women trying their hardest (either through surgery or non-invasive means) to achieve this chiselled appearance themselves.
But, as it turns out, Bella has been secretly suffering with immense jaw pain for over a year, as a result from an infection that was caused by an inflamed tooth.

The 26-year-old model took to TikTok to tell her followers about her recent struggles and how she internalised the pain for almost a year before finally listening to her body and seeking help.
Filming a candid video of herself, complete with an inflamed jaw and all, the Kin Euphorics co-founder penned an extensive caption about her healing process, including how the jaw infection has caused her Lyme symptoms to flare up again.

“There was a low-grade infection underneath the tooth… it continued to spread down causing a low grade infection in my jaw,” the star wrote.
“I have felt in my heart for months that I needed this tooth out, to heal the rest, and if not, it was going to take me out!”
“Please listen to your bodies my friends please!!!” Bella explained before adding that her Lyme disease, which she was diagnosed with in 2012, has been triggered.
Since the infection, which was caused by a root canal treatment from 2022, Bella has felt immense pain in her tooth, jaw, brain, spine, bones and “the entire nervous system”.
“Any minor trauma to the body whether it’s physically or mentally can cause Lyme to flare up,” she added.
“My jaw has been so inflamed, and would flare up/inflame randomly when I was/am overly stressed or over working. Some days it’s okay! And some days are difficult. But when my jaw/nerves started to hurt on an aggressive level; it just went 0-100.”
Bella also touched on how distraught internalising her pain left her, revealing that it left her body hating her.
The model wrote she was in the “foetal position every night in painful hysterics”, would cry on the shower floor before gaining the “courage/strength” to get to work”, often cried on set everyday and suffered from chronic social anxiety.
“I’m going batshit emotionally, no slay.”

Bella hasn’t been one to shy away from sharing her health struggles, whether these be physical like her Lyme disease, or emotional, like her battles with anxiety and depression that left being a “spiral queen” and resulted in her going sober.
However, Bella’s most recent health scare is a fierce reminder that we don’t (and can’t) know the full extent of what someone is grappling with.
She may be one of the most watched faces of our generation, but it’s not always glitz and glam.
So often, we internalise pain in favour of presenting a shiny exterior to the world, but as Bella is proving, it’s ok to get vulnerable and open up about your struggles.
But most of all, when we are in pain it’s paramount to listen to your body.


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Bella Hadid Is Charlotte Tilbury’s New Muse—and She’s Already Serving Up Major Makeup Inspiration

Bella Hadid has big news for the world. Today the model and style icon joins Charlotte Tilbury’s roster of radiant beauty muses, becoming a face of the brand alongside Kate Moss, Lily James, and Jourdan Dunn. The partnership will focus on instilling beauty lovers with inner—as well as outer—confidence, and will surely add up to makeup magic.

“Bella is a generation-defining talent at the forefront of the cultural zeitgeist and I am so excited to reveal our creative partnership,” says Tilbury. “She is a modern day beauty icon, utterly mesmerizing, a true creative collaborator, and just as obsessed as I am with breaking boundaries and transcending the real and virtual worlds—we adore her energy.”

On a “mission to empower everyone, everywhere, and unlock their inner confidence,” Tilbury alludes to the pair’s shared belief that the true power of makeup lies not in its ability to make you look good, but in the way it can help you feel your best mentally. “When you feel your most beautiful and confident, you can conquer your world and make your dreams come true,” adds Tilbury.

After meeting at the Prince’s Trust Gala in New York in April last year—and discovering they were kindred spirits due to their shared habit of dancing even when no one else is—Hadid says a connection was there from the start between her and Tilbury. “I’ve always known her makeup and I’ve always known her energy,” she says. “The universe wanted us to be together, and look where we are now!”

Hadid was already “genuinely obsessed” with Charlotte Tilbury formulas for red-carpet events, fashion shoots, and everyday makeup looks. “I instantly see the difference they make on my skin; they allow me to glow and grow from within,” the supermodel says. “I just love them all. I feel incredibly lucky to be here and to be able to connect through art and spirituality and love for fashion and makeup and everything beautiful in life.”