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Bella Hadid Is Constantly Reinventing Herself

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The 50th Anniversary Issue of W is an all-out supermodel celebration featuring 17 cover stars ranging from the world’s most famous names to women who are well on their way to total fashion domination. See every cover model here and read Jenny Comita’s essay about the evolution of the beauty standards that define the industry here.

What appealed to you about being a model?
Modeling was always in my stars, and I had to accept that. My mom grew up modeling, and my sister, obviously, is incredibly successful and great at her job. At the end of the day, I think we all have this work ethic of wanting to be the best at whatever we do, and I knew that if I worked my butt off, I could succeed in this business. Still, it took a really long time to not have impostor syndrome. To be honest, it’s only been in the past year that I’ve felt confident in my craft and that impostor syndrome started to float away a little bit. Now I know what I want to do, who I want to work with, and what I like and what I don’t like. Until you really listen to yourself and stand by your boundaries, you can’t move forward.

The ’80s and ’90s as decades were distinct eras in terms of the model’s aesthetic. Do you think there is an overarching beauty trend at the moment?
No. There really isn’t one definition of what beauty is right now. For so many years, people tried to condense us into one type. It used to be about having one look and that was the look you were going to ride with for the rest of your career. I’m constantly reinventing myself, and I want to show every version of myself that I can be. For hundreds of years it was, this is how a woman looks, and this is how a man looks, and now we’re not so locked into that. The beauty of now is that you can look at yourself in many different ways and love all parts of yourself.

Source: wmagazine.com

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Bella Hadid Isn’t Afraid to Speak About Palestine Anymore

In the past few years, Bella Hadid has become increasingly vocal about her support for Palestine, the country where her father, Mohamed Hadid, was born. Her advocacy has gotten her a full-page attack ad in the New York Times and a direct tweet from the official country of Israel Twitter account, both of which she touched on in a new interview about her advocacy.

“I have this overwhelming anxiety of not saying the right thing and not being what everybody needs me to be at all times,” Hadid said at the top of her new interview with Noor Tagouri’s the Rep podcast. “But I’ve also realized that I have done my education enough, I know my family enough, I know my own history enough. And that should be enough.” The supermodel has long been an advocate for Palestine. In a June Instagram post, she reaffirmed her commitment to fight for Palestine, writing, “I will never allow anyone to forget about our beautiful Palestine, or our beautiful people.”

Hadid’s activism has ramped up in the past two years. On Instagram, she’s shared a letter against apartheid, as well as photos and videos of alleged unprovoked violence between the Israel Defense Forces and Palestinians. In March, she and her sister, Gigi Hadid, announced that they would be donating their Fashion Week earnings to organizations providing aid in Ukraine and Palestine.

Her activism has not come without cost. “I had so many companies that stopped working with me,” the supermodel told Rep. “I have friends that completely dropped me.” In May of 2021, she was accused of being an “advocate for throwing Jews into the sea” by the official Israel Twitter account after attending a pro-Palestinian march following an air strike in Gaza. At the time, Hadid called out “Israeli colonization” and “military occupation and apartheid” on Instagram — though she also made clear that this was “not about religion” or “spewing hate on one or the other” — writing, “I stand with my Palestinian brothers and sisters.” Shortly thereafter, Hadid, her sister, and Dua Lipa (who was dating their brother, Anwar Hadid, at the time) were targeted by a full-page ad in the New York Times accusing them of “antisemitism.” Speaking with Rep, Hadid called the ad “disappointing,” adding that the paper “sold their soul.” Reflecting on the vitriol that came her way, the model noted, “When I speak about Palestine, I get labeled as something that I’m not. But I can speak about the same thing that’s happening there, happening somewhere else in the world, and that’s honorable. So, what’s the difference?”

Hadid noted in the interview that she realized at a young age that people wouldn’t necessarily embrace her identity as a proud Palestinian woman. She recalled being called a “terrorist” in the eighth grade. “I was being called names and being immediately blasted as a person of hatred for another people, but all I was talking about was freeing my father’s people — people who are deeply hurting.” But a recent interaction with an Israeli woman in the streets of New York City has made her realize she’s not afraid to speak up anymore.

“I was just leaving lunch, and this woman came up to me and was like, ‘I just moved to New York from Israel recently, and I told myself that if I ever saw Bella Hadid I would walk up to her and ask why she hates me so much,’” Hadid said, adding that she responded openly, saying that she actually welcomed the conversation, telling the woman that she didn’t hate her and inviting her to speak her mind. “I’m not scared of anything, but I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to combat whatever she had to say to me,” Hadid said. “But I realized in that conversation, it never had to be combative. All it had to be was two girls talking about their history and hopefully finding a common denominator, which is that we want nobody to die.”

Source: thecut.com

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How Bella Hadid and Ramy Youssef Became BFFs

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It is difficult to imagine a career trajectory for a millennial supermodel that does not involve a pivot to acting. In the case of Bella Hadid, arguably the world’s most famous model since she was 17, the crossover might have even seemed inevitable. “People probably thought,” she tells me, “that my first acting job would be something super sensual and sexy.”

Instead, when the 25-year-old makes her acting debut this fall as a guest star on Ramy, it’ll be in a slightly more unhinged role: a weirdo girlfriend.

The Emmy-nominated dark comedy (you can find it on Hulu) follows a fictionalized version of Ramy Youssef, an Egyptian American millennial who tries—and mostly fails—to be a good Muslim as he navigates adulthood. Across two buzzy seasons, the show has been lauded by critics for its general abhorrence of easy morality and its eagerness to dive into messy territory. For example, one of Ramy’s more quotidian plot points involves Ramy helping his best friend jerk off because his muscular dystrophy won’t allow him to masturbate.

And Hadid’s role on the show? “It’s probably one of the weirdest scripts we’ve ever written,” says Youssef. “And that says a lot.”

The model and the showrunner first connected back in January, when Youssef emailed Hadid out of the blue and asked if she’d be interested in a guest spot. They hopped on a Zoom and, after a long conversation, Hadid said yes. “I was like, this is perfect,” Hadid gushes. “We hadn’t even met before, but I had a feeling it was gonna be kismet.”

Hadid, who is of Palestinian descent, already shares with Youssef an overlapping network of friends and creative confidants. Youssef is close with Hadid’s brother, Anwar, and they’re both friends with the Canadian musician Mustafa, who was excited to hear that Hadid had found her way onto the show. “Bella’s been at the center of a world that doesn’t acknowledge what it’s like to be a Muslim at any of the intersections,” Mustafa tells me. “She’s sometimes the only Muslim or Arab person in a room, so it’s great to see Bella surrounded by her community.”

Hadid felt that sense of belonging instantly, she says. When she arrived on set for her first day of filming, she was surprised by the gift the crew had left in her trailer: a T-shirt that said “Free Palestine.” The simple, welcoming gesture made her weep. “I couldn’t handle my emotions,” Hadid says. “Growing up and being Arab, it was the first time that I’d ever been with like-minded people. I was able to see myself.”

I know what Hadid means. Feeling the constant need to minimize your identity can take its toll on you. Growing up Muslim, I often felt like I had to shrink down or hide that part of myself in order to seem less difficult or demanding. Both Hadid and Youssef—each in their own way—seem to be taking a different approach. By amplifying their heritage and proudly asserting their cultural identities, they’re embracing the spotlight and using it to complicate outdated expectations of what Arabs and Muslims are capable of in the culture. Part of what makes Ramy so special is its deft ability to raise heavy and spiritual questions: Underneath all the plotlines about porn stars and racist family members and what really caused 9/11, the show refreshingly offers no tidy answers, nor does it claim to represent what a “good” Muslim even is.

Meanwhile, in the last few years, Hadid has become perhaps the most outspoken American celebrity advocating on behalf of the Palestinian people. In an era of halfhearted virtue signaling, she is finding ways to dig deeper into the issues—and her own experiences—with her platform. This past winter, I was struck by an Instagram post in which Hadid highlighted the discrimination women who wear a hijab, like me, face every day. She took specific aim at a corner of the culture she knows well. “If we are seeing more and more appreciation of hijabs and covers in fashion,” she wrote, “we have to also acknowledge the cycle of abuse that Muslim women of all different ethnicities in fashion get met with on a regular basis within fashion houses, especially in Europe [and] America.” It was, to say the least, not the sort of concern that your traditional supermodel is posting.

If the Hadid we see in the culture is an honest reflection of who she is in private, Youssef couldn’t be more unlike the character he plays on television. Real Ramy is easygoing, kind. Almost effortlessly thoughtful. On the day the pair met up for the photo shoot to accompany this story, he met Hadid at her apartment here in New York and they rode together to set, where he gamely permitted her to take the lead in styling him for the photos. He made certain that he properly introduced me to his then fiancée, and now wife, who came to hang out. He was even so focused on continuing our conversation that he missed his scheduled flight out of town.

The Ramy you see onscreen is a hall-of-fame fuckboy. Like, you could retire his jersey and put it in the fuckboy rafters. TV Ramy is also on a spiritual journey, but his pursuit of inner peace comes at the expense of all the people who love him. The second season of the show concludes with Ramy cheating on his fiancée the night before they get married—with his cousin—a catastrophe that ruins the lives of everyone in his orbit.

Despite having donated his likeness to the character, Youssef knows that TV Ramy sucks. “You pick the worst side of you because then the people you meet are like, ‘Oh, you’re so much better than I expected!’ As opposed to the other way around,” he explains. “It’s all upside, really. You gotta undersell hard.”

Hadid can relate. “That’s what I’ve dealt with my whole career!” she adds. “People will meet me and think, Oh, I thought you were a bitch. Or I thought you were mean. [They assume] I’m this other person. I’m like, This other person that you saw on a magazine cover: no soul, no nothing? It’s just an armor.”

Full interview: gq.com

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Bella Hadid Shares The Grounding Wellness Practice That Helps Her Anxiety

In Chill Chat, Bustle sits down with stars to chat about all things wellness, from their workout playlists to their most reliable self-care hacks. Here, Bella Hadid shares her mindful morning routine and what she needs for a good night’s sleep.

After listening to Bella Hadid talk about her health journey — which began at age 13 when she started dealing with immune issues — it’s evident the 25-year-old supermodel is invested in wellness. “I’ve been poked a lot in my arms, gotten so many IVs. I’ve done pretty much every holistic medication that you could possibly try,” she says over Zoom. The biggest thing she realized she was missing? A routine.

Hadid rattles off some of her go-to self-care practices, and they all turn out to be things that cost $0 to do. She’s picked up journaling, for one, and relies on daily walks to help with her anxiety. “My anxiety and depression were because of the fact that when I wasn’t working, I was so exhausted that I was just at home hibernating,” says Hadid. “Then, all of a sudden, after 38 hours of being off, I felt I couldn’t even go outside or else I’d freak out.” Now, she makes a 30-minute morning walk a part of her daily routine.

Coffee used to be another big part of her morning, but she realized it was only exacerbating her anxiety — which is part of the reason she joined forces with Kin Euphorics, an alcohol-free functional beverage company whose drinks are crafted with mood-regulating actives (like L-theanine and GABA) Hadid says she used to take in supplement form. Now, the brand’s energizing Spritz mocktail has replaced her a.m. coffee habit. “This is what really gives me that kick, but also doesn’t give me that excruciating anxiety where I can’t function and can’t work,” says Hadid. She’s also cut back on alcohol, another drink that wasn’t doing her body any favors. “I have a night out once in a while but I’m at the point where I’ve started to see how all of this stuff affects my brain and it’s a lot harder to pick up the glass.”

Here, Hadid shares her full morning routine, meditation tips, and her favorite ways to spend alone time.

Walk me through your morning routine.
I have a big glass of water, which is really important, and then do three pages of journaling. I know it seems like a lot. I love to write poetry and to write in general, but when I wake up in the morning and I have brain fog, I’ll get frustrated because I’m like, “How can I not write?” But using your brain is how you continue to help it function better.

For me, journaling for 30 minutes in the morning before I get on my phone helps with my anxiety. And then I do a gratitude meditation. Just to start my day and say, “I’m grateful that I’m alive, I’m grateful for all that I have.” These aren’t huge things, but they’re what help me get through the day in a positive way so I can reinforce good habits.

How did you get into the practice? What are your tips for people who have a hard time meditating but want to do it?
I got into practice when I was looking for guidance and spirituality within myself and the universe instead of from the outside world. I really do believe that everyone has a hard time at the beginning of their meditation journey. Your mind won’t stop racing, every thought humanly possible comes to the surface, and you might feel like it might just not be for you — we’ve all been there. The tip that helped me understand and be able to disconnect from the world was doing guided meditations over musical meditations. Search for something that fits with your intentions and find the best speaker whose voice makes you feel calm and centered.

Aside from meditation, how do you de-stress? What’s your go-to form of self-care when you really need some me-time?
Showering, cleaning, and sitting on my couch with my girlfriends. Nothing makes me happier. When I need some “me” time, if I feel up to it, I plan acupuncture, a massage, or a vitamin IV. I might also just chill and take a bath. I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my time off. Sometimes what’s best for me is to do absolutely nothing and not feel guilty about it.

You have such a busy schedule, between modeling and working on Kin as its partner and co-founder. How do you stay organized?
I’d say organized chaos over just organized. My mindset in the past few months has really allowed me to compartmentalize and focus on what exactly needs to be done at that moment. I wear many hats in my workspace so I like to make sure that I separate each part of my life — modeling, business, health, personal — to be able to focus 100% on each aspect separately.

How do you get a good night of sleep?
Deep sleep meditation and hot tea.

What are your intentions, if any, for 2022?
My intentions for 2022 are to constantly try new things, take adventures, experience life, stay curious, stay kind/loving/hardworking and push the boundaries of what I expect of myself. We all have room to grow and reinvent ourselves. And I think it’s important to tackle all parts of ourselves and find the depths of who we are as human beings.

Source: bustle.com

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Bella Hadid on Overcoming the Anxiety of Getting Dressed Every Morning

Being a supermodel often means having to deal with photo shoots, scheduling and travel that are subject to change at the 11th hour. This year, Bella Hadid is determined to maintain more consistent routines. The 25-year-old says all the last-minute changes have disrupted her personal life in an unsustainable way. Hadid, who has been public about her mental health challenges and Lyme disease diagnosis, is committed to reinvesting time in her health. “I realize now that my body is a temple,” she says, “and the routine that we have in the morning, especially Monday mornings, is…almost the most important thing because if you don’t start your week on a good note, it’s not going to be good for you.”

Hadid, the daughter of real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid, was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Santa Barbara, California. Growing up, she, along with her older sister, Gigi, now 26, and younger brother, Anwar, 22, sometimes appeared on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which their mom starred in. (Gigi and Anwar are both models, too.) Hadid began her modeling career in her late teens and within a few years became a feature on runways including Tom Ford, Chanel and Givenchy. She’s starred in numerous campaigns for brands such as Fendi and Nike and has collaborated with the American label Chrome Hearts to design clothing and accessories. She’s known for her street style and the way she’s reimagined and repopularized ’90s and early 2000s trends like low-rise jeans, rimless sunglasses and newsboy caps.

Hadid announced at the end of last year that she was joining Victoria’s Secret’s new VS Collective, a diverse group of models, athletes and actors that has replaced the Angels. Last year she also became the co-founder of Kin Euphorics, the nonalcoholic wellness beverage company launched by Jen Batchelor in 2018.

Here, she speaks to WSJ. about her gym routine and why posting photos of herself crying on Instagram made her feel less lonely.

What time do you get up on Mondays, and what’s the first thing you do?
If I’m not working, I usually wake up at 8 or 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. I try to keep my phone in the other room, I try to not charge it right next to my face.

My favorite book is The Artist’s Way, so every morning, [I write] three pages, journaling. [Editor’s note: The book encourages readers to write three stream-of-consciousness “Morning Pages” every day.] What’s important for me is to have that ritual and have that moment to myself…. I try to do a gratitude meditation every morning. If it’s on my way to work, I usually put it on in the car, on the loudspeaker, so whoever’s driving me and I have a nice moment of gratitude together.

I’ll head to the gym if I can get the gym in. That’s my New Year’s resolution, trying to get in the gym more often for my mental health.

Do you have a go-to breakfast to start the week off right?
I’m a smoothie person. I have this one granola that I love that used to be at the juice place I worked at when I was younger and I found it recently in New York. It is really sugary, but I’m obsessed with it.

The issue is that I do need protein, so it’s always scrambled eggs, avocado, a piece of toast or a bagel—like a bagel and cream cheese from Bagel Bob’s is my favorite. It’s usually a smaller breakfast and then a move into a big lunch. By the time it’s noon and I’ve done my morning stuff and meetings, I’m solidly hungry and ready to eat.

Do you have a secret to putting together a great outfit in the morning?
I haven’t had a stylist in a long time, maybe two years now. I was in such a weird place mentally that it was really complicated for me to get out of the house and put an outfit together, especially with the anxiety of [paparazzi] being outside and all that. In the last year, it was really important for me to learn that even if people talk about my style or if they like it or if they don’t, it doesn’t matter, because it’s my style. When I leave the house in the morning, what I think about is: Does this make me happy? Do I feel good in this and do I feel comfortable?

And you mentioned the gym—what does that part of your routine look like?
What I love to do is take long walks on the Hudson. I love boxing. I love rowing. I like anything that seems like an activity. I love Pilates, because I’m just swinging and jumping on things. I just want to have fun and I don’t want it to feel super heavy. The gym for me is also about the social aspect, about being around energy and people.

You’ve opened up about mental health on social media, like with the photos you posted of you crying on Instagram. How did you get the idea to start photographing yourself when you were crying?
I would have really depressive episodes and my mom or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of having to respond in text, I would just send them a photo. It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time because I was never able to explain how I was feeling. I would just be in excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain, and I didn’t know why. That was over the past three years.

[When I posted them] it was to make sure that anybody that was feeling that way knew it was OK to feel that way. Even though on Instagram things look so beautiful, at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth. I felt like it was just good for me to be able to speak my truth and at some point I wasn’t able to post nice pretty pictures anymore. I was over it.

How are you doing now?
I do have good days. Today is a good day. My brain fog is feeling better, I don’t feel depressed. I don’t have as much anxiety as I usually do. But tomorrow I could wake up and [be] the complete opposite. That’s why I get so overwhelmed. But that post made me less lonely because I had a lot of people that have reached out saying, “I feel that way too.” Walking outside, being able to remember there are so many people going through things and have similar patterns to me, it makes me feel better.

I don’t know if that’s not what people want on Instagram, and that’s fine. I don’t have to be on Instagram forever. I feel like real is the new real, and that’s what’s important to me.

Source: wsj.com