Friday 30 September 2016

Who is Bella Hadid? 10 things you need to know about the model of the moment

Amy Mulvaney

Published 19/05/2016 | 11:00

US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 18, 2016 for the screening of the film
US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 18, 2016 for the screening of the film "The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue)" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival
2015: Gigi, Anwar and Bella Hadid pose with mum Yolandah (second from left). Both Gigi and Bella have followed in their mum's footsteps with their careers as models.
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Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Chanel Spring Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 26, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Model Bella Hadid prepares backstage at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
(L to R) Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid
Yolanda Foster (L) and Bella Hadid attend the Global Lyme Alliance "Uniting for a Lyme-Free World" Inaugural Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on October 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance)
Bella Hadid (pictured with mother Yolanda Foster) favours a fresh-faced look. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
The Weeknd (L) and Bella Hadid attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
The Weeknd (L) and Bella Hadid attend the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Her sister Gigi might steal the spotlight, but 19-year-old Bella Hadid is quickly becoming one of the most sought after models in the industry.

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Here’s 10 things you should know about the other Hadid sister...

1. She planned to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

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Bella was training to compete in equestrian events for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but was forced to pull out because…

2. She suffers from Lyme disease.

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Bella spoke about about her experience with Lyme disease last year, describing it as “a dark time”. Her mother Yolanda and brother Anwar also have the disease.

3. She’s dating The Weeknd.

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Otherwise known as Abel, 25-year-old The Weeknd and Bella have been dating since 2015.

4. Her mom is a Real Housewife.

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Thought she looked familiar? Bella’s mother Yolanda Hadid stars on popular reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Sisters Bella and Gigi have appeared on several episodes.

5. There are more Hadid siblings.

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Aside from Gigi, Bella has several more siblings including a 16-year-old younger brother Anwar and five step-sisters from her mother’s marriage to music producer David Foster in 2011.

6. She was arrested for DUI.

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Bella was arrested for driving under the influence in 2014, when she was just 17. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21, which made the arrest even more serious.

7. She’s a model on the rise.

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When Lyme disease prevented the teen from entering the Olympics, Bella concentrated on her modelling career. She’s signed to IMG Models, like her sister Gigi, and has walked for Miu Miu, Chanel and Misha Collection, among countless others.

8. Her name isn’t actually Bella.

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Isabella is her full name, while Bella is just a nickname since childhood. Even more surprisingly, Gigi’s real name is Jelena.

9. She isn’t American.

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While she was born in Los Angeles, Bella’s ethnicity is Palestinian-Dutch. Her father is from Palestine and her mother is from The Netherlands.

10. She’s related to the Jenners.

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The model is more than just best friends with Kendall Jenner. Her mother Yolanda was married to David Foster, who was once married to Linda Jenner (Caitlyn Jenner’s ex-wife), meaning the two supermodels are related through divorced marriages.

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