Posted by Stephan Moskovic | June 29th, 2016

The Graduates

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid

The Hadid pedigree can now turn to legacy as youngest sister Bella stakes her Top 50 claim in the fickle fashion world. But reputation alone doesn’t make a model–the drop-dead gorgeous star has done some serious flame stoking to shine this bright. Her merit was put through its paces in campaigns for Givenchy, Topshop and Marc Jacobs. Bella’s outlook has matured before the days of big bookings and her 5 million followers, all of which asserted her destiny as a household name, “It was a job, it was fun, but I was still in school, I didn’t think about it. Now I want to make sure that I work really hard, I take it really seriously.” Though she’s reached next-level status, she’s still somewhat self-effacing, “I’m a huge weirdo. I like to hang out and not do anything. Sleeping is my favorite thing to do. Now I don’t sleep enough because of work.” That, not surprisingly, being the upshot of success and leaves little time for some summer R&R in her busier-than-ever schedule, “I don’t have any plans yet, because I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow. Anytime I’m at the beach I am happy. Tahiti is my favorite place to go–my mom is there right now.” But for her, finding repose doesn’t need to be so far-flung, “The way that I find balance is being with my friends from when I was a kid in high school, because they don’t care about anything and we just hang out and I can be myself.” The much sought-after California girl now needs only continue finessing her high standing to solidify staying-power. “I’m really happy it’s my job,” concludes Bella.

Above: Anthony Vaccarello top.
Left: Diesel Black Gold bomber, Maison Close bodysuit, DKNY pants. Right: Jill Stuart bandeau, Calvin Klein overall.

The next frontier for these former Hot List members has arrived! Now part of the Top 50, these girls of the moment have hustled their way through countless hours on the runway and in front of the camera for their spot but this year their recognition is with a twist – the guys are in on the action. Sebastian Kim captures candid portraits of these model muses for this special story shot exclusively for Models.com. Styled by Vanessa Chow in New York black we take a brief look into the humble beginnings and meteoric rise of this year’s graduating line-up of Bella Hadid, Greta Varlese, Jing Wen, Lineisy Montero, Marjan Jonkman, Tami Williams and Jordan Barrett.

Photography by Sebastian Kim for Models.com

Sebastian Kim is represented by Management + Artists + Organization

Model Bella Hadid

Editor Stephan Moskovic
Stylist Vanessa Chow (Tim Howard Management)
Hair Stylist Romina Manenti (Home Agency)
Makeup Artist Yumi Mori (The Wall Group)
Producer Jazmin Alvarez

Text by Steven Yatsko

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3 Comments to “The Graduates: Bella Hadid”

  1. Lilly says:

    I will be your model

  2. Lily says:

    So the Top 50 now holds 70 names. That’s quite an accomplishment 😀

  3. Lily says:

    Hey, I just noticed you’ve removed Drake from the Top 50. I have nothing against her but the level of her work just wasn’t quite there, so thank you. What do you think of Alice Metza? Personally she does nothing for me, but she’s had Coach, Valentino, Wang, Givenchy and DKNY this year. Undeniably impressive. She may be lacking with the editorials and covers but maybe someone there could use her to kick some non-achiever out of the Top 50?
    *cough* Lily *cough*

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