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Bella Hadid’s Big New Life In Texas

The first time I crossed paths with Bella Hadid was on a tarmac outside of New York City. We were boarding Mark Cuban’s Boeing 757, the same one used by the Dallas Mavericks at the time, featuring extra room for the extra-long legs of NBA stars… or models. This flight was heading to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in Paris. It was 2016, a pre-#MeToo era when young women strutting on national television in bejeweled underwear was a mostly accepted annual cultural moment.

I was there to report every detail of the models’ spray tans and body oils. Hadid was there to walk the glitter-strewn runway. Backstage, Hadid, then 20 years old, smiled a lot and spoke little. Where the veteran “angels” blew professional-grade kisses as they walked the runway, Hadid slowly, almost somberly, made her way toward the flashbulbs in a metallic gray corset, with dark waves falling past her shoulders.

Some eight years later, we’re face-to-face again, or rather side-by-side in a Zoom room. Hadid is at home, in the kitchen of her new Fort Worth, Texas home, with buttercream walls, vaulted ceilings, Tuscan columns, and at least one antler-shaped chandelier. She has slicked her hair back into the low, tight bun that launched a thousand “clean girl aesthetic” disciples in recent years. Her nails are short and bare, with neat oval tips. She has on a simple, teddy-bear-colored mohair sweater with buttons dotting the ridge of one shoulder, offset by jewelry that feels a bit more maximalist. Her yellow gold knot earrings harken to the 1980s (a time when Hadid, who refers to her current age as “30 in three years,” was not yet born).

I don’t catch Hadid’s eyes flitting away from our video call even once before she gracefully excuses herself to let out her dog, Beans, who has been treated to a bone for good behavior during our meeting. Where others might clomp back, plop down, and apologize breathily, Hadid smoothly glides back into view with a smile, perched in front of her laptop like she never left. Maybe it’s the cozy, coffee-colored sweater playing mind games with me, but it’s hard not to notice how self-possessed she is, how serene. It’s a far cry from the seemingly timid, withdrawn Hadid I remember from the spectacle at the Grand Palais.

Since then, Hadid has risen from “the younger Hadid sister” to a capital-S Supermodel in her own right. She’s been the face of multiple glossy campaigns for multiple fashion houses (Dior, Versace, Lanvin, Moschino, and Burberry, to name a few). She’s covered just about every major magazine, including this one.

Hadid’s also come to speak openly about her mental health struggles (severe anxiety, brain fog), and her battle with Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness associated with symptoms like extreme tiredness, muscle aches and pains, and other problematic immune responses. (The last few weeks have been tough, she says, and describes her recovery as “not really linear” and “a roller coaster.”) In the past year, she not only took an unofficial step back from modeling to focus on her mental and physical health, but moved to Texas and started an entirely new chapter with her horseman boyfriend, Adan Banuelos, whom she refers to as “my partner” and “an incredible older businessman” (he is 35). Banuelos trains cutting horses and riders. (Cutting is a type of equestrian competition in which a horse and rider have to separate a single cow from a herd.) Earlier this year, Hadid, a longtime show jumper, competed in an amateur cutting horse competition (she placed eighth). She was ready for new challenges. “After 10 years of modeling,” Hadid says, “I realized I was putting so much energy and love and effort into something that, in the long run, wasn’t necessarily giving it back to me.”

Now, she’s back in the public eye, and she means business. Hadid is launching her own fragrance line, ‘Ôrəbella, pronounced “aura-bella,” a portmanteau of Hadid, which means “iron ore” in Arabic, and her first name. And, in a way, it’s a family business. “Growing up in an Arab family, perfume and scents were almost a personality trait—I can still remember the way my grandparents smelled when they walked into a room,” Hadid says. “My uncle Mahmoud was making his own essential oils in the 70s—woody, tobacco-smelling scents.”

Preempting my next question, Hadid asserts that the line is not the product of some celebrity brand incubator. “It wasn’t something where somebody came to me and said, ‘We want to start a business with you,” Hadid says. She simply sought an alternative to the kind of alcohol-based fragrances that tend to come out of major perfume houses.

“I get hives and rashes from stress alone, so I tend to stay away from anything that will trigger my body nowadays,” she says. And that includes traditional perfumes. Five years ago, Hadid began concocting her own scents. She would visit a health food store near her family’s Pennsylvania farm, picking out the most obscure essential oils she could find, and blend them in glycerin-filled spray bottles. (As a certified aromatherapist, I can confirm the only safe essential oil to wear directly on the skin is lavender; any others must be mixed with a base such as glycerin for safe experimentation.) “I was trying to make them as unique as possible so that when I put them on my body, it felt singular to me,” Hadid says.

As ‘Ôrəbella came to life, she took every step of the process into her own hands—just as she hand-mixed the earliest versions of her fragrances, she created her own brand decks and pitched the company to investors herself. “I didn’t want to just put something on the market that was another product or another perfume,” she says. “It was something I was already extremely passionate about, and I didn’t want to keep it for myself anymore.”

Like Hadid’s first prototypes, each final ‘Ôrəbella bottle houses a biphasic formula with a golden layer of plant oils (camellia, jojoba, shea, olive, sweet almond) and essential oils floating atop a glycerin base. Unlike the spray-bottle originals, each fragrance is poured into a bottle of colored glass, cut to look like a jewel, with the words “shake well” scribbled in English and French beneath the cap. The 100-milliliter versions come with the option of a separately purchased gold perfume stand, meant to look like an objet d’art, in homage to her mother Yolanda’s vintage perfume collection. And, unlike most perfumes, this one isn’t meant to be sprayed with abandon on your clothes, your hair, or your love letters. Its oil-rich base means it is strictly for use on skin; it would probably leave unseemly stains on clothing (I never risked it). It’s either restrictive or a novel, intimate take on scent, depending on how you look at it.

It has nothing to do with fragrance, but I’m running out of time to ask one of my most burning questions: How, exactly, has Hadid been getting her hair to fall in the effortless ripples I’ve seen in her recent Instagram posts? Hadid grins broadly. “Do you want me to go look for you?” she offers, before scooping up her laptop and whisking me down a long, dark hallway to her bathroom. Cradling her laptop (me, as it were) in one arm, she pulls each bottle off a shelf and holds them up to the screen, so I can quickly scribble down notes. Her recipe for perfect cowgirl waves, is, exactly, this: Step 1: Shampoo and condition (she’s been using Anablue Scalp Cleanser and Treatment Oil). Step 2: Scrunch a pump or two of SheaMoisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse through damp hair. Step 3: Finish with a halo of IGK’s Beach Club Texture Spray or Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray (she uses both but ran out of the latter). Step 4: Head to your local rodeo.

“Just as I have styled myself for years now–which I still do–I love being able to do my own hair and makeup, be happy with how I look, and get ready with my girlfriends here in Texas,” Hadid says. “We have the best time, and I never feel like I need to do too much.” Doing exactly what she feels like suits Hadid well. “For the first time now, I’m not putting on a fake face. If I don’t feel good, I won’t go. If I don’t feel good, I take time for myself. And I’ve never had the opportunity to do that or say that before,” Hadid says. “Now when anybody sees me in pictures and they say, I look happy, I genuinely am. I am feeling better; my bad days now were my old good days.”


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Exclusive: Bella Hadid unveils Charlotte Tilbury’s new flawless lipstick

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Bella Hadid, an influential Arab-American symbol of beauty, who has now been named as the prominent face of Charlotte Tilbury, unveiled its latest creation — the Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur.

Drawing inspiration from her own experiences as a makeup artist in the fashion and studio realms, Charlotte Tilbury ingeniously developed the acclaimed and highly sought-after Airbrush Flawless range. This line was born out of the genuine needs expressed by her customers, as Charlotte frequently found herself blending concealers and powders backstage to achieve a flawlessly smooth, soft-focus, and airbrushed effect. The latest addition to this iconic collection, the Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur, harnesses the innovative Powder Blur technology to deliver the appearance of a matte powder-enhanced pout, all while maintaining a non-drying, non-creasing, and non-feathering formula that won’t settle into fine lines.

In celebration of the launch of Charlotte’s groundbreaking Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur, the captivating Bella Hadid has been chosen as the ideal beauty muse and the face of the campaign. Embodied in her is the timeless allure of 90s supermodel glamour, making her the quintessential icon of our generation. The campaign, set against a backdrop of black and white aesthetics and adorned with a camcorder filter, beautifully captures the seductive monochromatic ambiance reminiscent of that era. Complementing Bella’s striking beauty, Charlotte’s Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur perfectly enhances her iconic latex catsuit, resulting in a truly stunning and unforgettable look.

Bella deeply understands the transformative power of makeup in instilling confidence. United in their mission, Bella and Charlotte celebrate the ability of beauty to unlock confidence within individuals across the globe. Through their innovation and inspiration in the realm of beauty, they empower a worldwide community to embrace their unique beauty, enabling them to both feel and look like the most extraordinary versions of themselves.

Charlotte Tilbury on Bella Hadid
“Darlings!! I am so thrilled to reveal my friend and gorgeous beauty muse Bella Hadid will star in my new! Airbrush lip blur campaign. I’ll always remember when she told me how obsessed she is with my airbrush icons and I was so proud when she told me she takes it on every shoot, gives them to every make-up artist and are part of her everyday makeup routine because she can always trust them to give her the most incredible confidence boosting results.”

“That’s why she is the perfect partner for this campaign. We both share a passion and understanding of the power of great makeup to transform how someone feels so they can be their most confident selves and go on to conquer their worlds. On set, I saw this transformation first hand. It was incredible to see how Bella used the different airbrush flawless lip shades, from the gorgeous universally flattering Pillow Talk pink to the powerful ruby blur – dialling it up and down, wearing it blurred and bold – to create the most euphoric and joyous energy which everyone around us could feel. Now we can’t wait to share this magic and flawless feeling with the world!”

Bella Hadid on Charlotte Tilbury
“It’s a dream come true to be on this beauty journey with Charlotte, launching our first official campaign together. She is such a creative force in the beauty community with her magnetic energy and unparalleled innovations. I cannot wait for everyone to see the magic we’ve created. As a huge fan of Charlotte’s myself, it’s been a real ‘pinch me’ moment to be able to work with her on this campaign for her latest innovation – Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur.”

“As someone who is always on the go, I look for products that can keep up with my busy schedule. The Airbrush flawless lip blur shades last me all day and all night and give me that extra boost I sometimes need to keep feeling my best. I also like to switch up my look depending on how I’m feeling and love how adaptable these products are. With every colour I put on, I can be a different version of myself. I love the Lip Blur’s versatility, and how you can wear it blurred or wear it bold depending on how you’re feeling and the occasion. I’m so excited and grateful to be on this magical journey with Charlotte, I feel so lucky to be part of this – sharing ideas and creating makeup magic together. We really had the most incredible time on set and I can’t wait for the world to see what we’ve been working on. There’s so much more fun to come, we’re just getting started!”


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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.”


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Bella Hadid Gets Wrapped in Swarovski for Sparkling Holiday Campaign

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Bella Hadid is ringing in the holiday season with Swarovski.

Swarovski has debuted Hadid as the face of its holiday 2022 campaign with the tag line: “Open the wonder with Swarovski this holiday season.”

The main images for the campaign see Hadid adorned in a stack of Swarovski necklaces and bracelets along with statement earrings and rings. She coordinates with other pieces from Swarovski’s collection as she sports three jumpsuits in pink, blue and yellow, all with giant bows on them. Christian Cowan designed the jumpsuits Hadid seen in the campaign.

One of the most distinct visuals from the campaign features Hadid sitting on top of gift boxes arranged from largest to smallest in the colors green, light blue, canary yellow, soft pink and white. Hadid poses on the boxes that have a pink ribbon emblazoned with “Swarovski” draped around oversized versions of the brand’s accessories, creating a sparkling effect.

Carlos Nazario styled the campaign. Nazario has also styled campaigns for Lanvin, Hood by Air and Ambush.

Hadid was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, better known as Mert & Marcus. The duo has shot campaigns for Dior, Louis Vuitton and Missoni.

Swarovski is undergoing a revamp under its chief executive officer Alexis Nasard, who took the helm of the brand after 17 years at Procter & Gamble. He is the first CEO of the company outside of the Swarovski family for the first time in the brand’s 127-year history.

In an interview with WWD, Nasard said he sees Swarovski as a brand that represents “joy and self-expression. Luxury doesn’t have to be serious.”