“She’s been through everything I’m going through”
Being one of the most famous models in the world probably comes with a fair amount of pressure (we should imagine), so it probably helps when you have an older, equally successful sister, who you can turn to for advice. And that’s exactly what Bella Hadid does with sister Gigi.
“She’s my best friend and I love her to death,” Bella told us last night at the launch of the new Dior Pump’n’Volume mascara – of which she’s the face – at Selfridges in London. “It’s cool to be able to call her and not talk about work – or talk about work.
“She’s been through everything that I’m going through now because she’s been in the business for a little bit longer than I have, so to be able to call her and get advice on things is great. If I’m ever feeling sad then I can always call her and it’ll lighten my mood. She’s amazing, I love her.”
But, like most sisters, they also end up arguing about life’s more trivial aspects – such as stealing each others’ clothes.
“We share clothes and shoes – but she gets mad at me when I steal her clothes,” the 20-year-old admitted. “Then, she’ll completely deny it until the death of her, but I’ll go to her house and she’ll have all my stuff – and I’m like, I don’t even know when you came to my house to get this! Then I realise I probably just forgot it at her house and feel bad for yelling at her about it.”
This comes despite the pair having quite distinct styles, although, Bella adds, they’re tastes have become more similar as they’ve got older.
“Growing up Gigi would always wear a lot of colour and a lot of florals – she was definitely a Malibu girl – and then I was this 13-year-old in dark colours and leather. Occasionally you’d find a pop of red. It’s my favourite colour and pretty much the only colour you’d see me in. Now she’s really growing into her style and so am I, and we share more.”
The model went on to explain how important she finds it to keep her family and friends around her when working in such a notoriously fickle industry.
“It’s tough. I like to keep people around me who have known me since I was young because they don’t care who I am or what I do – they can tell me “don’t be a biatch today’,” she laughed. “I’ve just learnt to keep the people I love around me and not take everything so personally. In the beginning I was reading everything and watching everything and it was really hard. Now I just try to live my life the best I can.”