Bella Hadid: 'I started modelling way too young'

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid believes she started her modelling career "way too young" because she wasn't prepared for the recognition she received.

The 23-year-old grew up a keen equestrian and had dreams of representing the U.S. at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil until she was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease, along with her mother Yolanda and brother Anwar, in 2012. Accordingly, she decided to follow in the footsteps of her sister Gigi and dropped out of school to pursue a modelling career, landing her first professional job at the age of 16.

In a candid new interview with LOVE magazine, Bella admitted she didn't have a great deal of confidence in her appearance at that age and would often hate seeing photos of herself and feel "mortified" when brands wanted to work with her.

"In my opinion, I started modelling way too young," she shared. "I was still growing, and my confidence wasn't fully matured. I didn't love myself or didn't necessarily think I was worthy of all of the recognition I was getting."

However, Bella has since developed a strong work ethic and is always determined to give her all during a job.

"Being a model is about being a team, working together and being creative," the brunette beauty continued. "If I don't go into a shoot every day and leave being incredibly proud of the work we made, then it doesn't seem like a successful shoot to me."

Bella, who has posed for fashion campaigns for brands such as Moschino, Versace, and DKNY, also insisted that models are not the most important person on the set of a photoshoot, even though they are the subject.

"One thing is always the same: everyone is equally important on set. Everyone is there for the same reason, to work hard and make art," she stated.

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