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Bella Hadid says she felt pressure to come off as a ‘sexbot’ early in her modeling career

Summary List PlacementBella Hadid recently reflected on the pressure she felt to publicly project a sexual, wild image early in her modeling career. In Vogue's September cover story, published Thursday, the daughter of Palestinian real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch supermodel Yolanda Hadid said she didn't have a clear understanding of her identity when she began modeling at 17.  "It's like there were two Bellas — me, this person in the process of figuring out who she was, and 'Bella Hadid' the alter ego, who was, I dunno, a sexbot who goes out every night?" she said.  Now 24 and one of...

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Bella Hadid recently reflected on the pressure she felt to publicly project a sexual, wild image early in her modeling career.

In Vogue’s September cover story, published Thursday, the daughter of Palestinian real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and Dutch supermodel Yolanda Hadid said she didn’t have a clear understanding of her identity when she began modeling at 17. 

“It’s like there were two Bellas — me, this person in the process of figuring out who she was, and ‘Bella Hadid’ the alter ego, who was, I dunno, a sexbot who goes out every night?” she said. 

Now 24 and one of the highest-paid, most in-demand models in high fashion, Bella said the picture she painted of herself was far from her reality. 

“I have insane social anxiety! Partying is not my thing, but I felt enormous pressure to project that image because I assumed that’s all people wanted from me,” she said. 

Bella added, “Now I don’t want to live in that box. I definitely feel like I’m allowed to speak.”

Bella Hadid is our hero.

Bella previously opened up about experiencing panic attacks on a 2018 episode of Yolanda’s reality show “Making a Model.”

She said she found comparisons to her older sister Gigi Hadid, who is also a supermodel, particularly challenging because they have such different personalities. Bella described Gigi as “very bubbly” and “very 0ut-there,” while she’s “always very reserved.”

“I would literally start crying and shaking if I had to do interviews at red carpet events,” she said, adding, “It was really nerve-racking and it’s scary.”

The model said she would occasionally “blackout” while she was walking a runway. “I would come out and be like, ‘Oh well I guess it’s over,'” she recalled. 

Her symptoms eventually alleviated as she began working more and interacting with people regularly, Bella said. 

“You’re like, ‘OK, I guess it’s my job, I have to do it.'” 

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