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.
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
Text by Steven Yatsko