Bella Hadid is reclining in an exotic majlis, erected for Bazaar’s shoot in the grounds of a 16th century villa overlooking Rome’s Olympic stadium, every inch the Arabian princess. With her Palestinian heritage and regal bearing – amplified by a wardrobe spanning looks from Giambattista Valli haute couture to designer-of-the-moment Marine Sere’s scarf-to-sportswear creations – Bella is simultaneously an Italian diva, worthy of the Bvlgari high jewels that adorn her, and a protagonist straight out of Arabian Nights.
“I think regardless of where a woman is from, it’s her spirit that is captured the most,” Bella says of the duality of her on-set character for Bazaar. “Portraying both an Italian diva and an Arabian princess, I feel I have to capture the strength and vibrant internal beauty of both kinds of woman.”
Shirt, Dhs2,165; skirt, Dhs9,880; belt, Dhs3,636, all Carolina Herrera. Shoes, Dhs14,636, Erdem. Bag, Dhs10,000, Bvlgari. Necklace, Bvlgari Wild Pop High Jewellery in pink gold with with onyx and diamonds.
As one of the most in-demand models of her generation, Bella, who turns 22 this month, is no stranger to the kind of intrigue and mystery that shrouds the enigmatic woman she embodies in Bazaar’s story. With over 20 million followers on Instagram and the constant on-again off-again speculation that surrounds her every relationship – from romantic liaisons to her equally-famous family – Bella is philosophical when it comes to the emotions that fuel her inner life.
“For me, love enriches all parts of my body. Whether that is giving love to someone who needs it, to fulfil my head; receiving love, to fulfil my heart; or teaching how to love, to fulfil my soul.”
Bustier, Dhs2,515; skirt; both Versace. Shoes, Dhs14,636, Erdem. Bag, Dhs11,200, Bvlgari. Necklace, Bvlgari Wild Pop High Jewellery with silk scarf in pink gold with marquise, amethysts, rubellite, preidots, tourmalines and diamonds
To ground her during the insane whirlwind of fashion shows and shoots, Bella relies on energy-giving crystals and essential oils to stave off anxiety in high-stress situations. “I love lavender oil because it reminds me of home,” she says,“I love mixing eucalyptus, lemon, Frankincense, mint and orange to spray as a refresher and to calm myself.”
Dress, Dhs11,945, Marine Serre. Headscarf, stylist’s own. Bvlgari High Jewellery Heritage brooch in yellow gold with emeralds, coral and diamonds
As one of a roster of the world’s most beguiling women who lend their image to the house of Bvlgari, Bella is nonetheless aware that the majesty of gems – such as the high jewellery pieces from Bvlgari’s Wild Pop collection that she dons here for Bazaar, is derived from the layers of humanity woven into the narrative behind them. If Bella were to bestow the ultimate gift of a piece of high jewellery it would be to, “My grandmother, my Oma, Ans Van Den Herik. She always had the most beautiful jewellery and she means so much to me. I hope it would make her smile because that would make me smile.” Truly, a bella donna.
Shirt, Dhs2,167, Carolina Herrera. Necklace, Bvlgari High Jewellery Wild Pop necklace in pink gold with onyx and diamonds
Dress, Dhs15,588, Chloé. Bag, Dhs11,200, Bvlgari. Necklace and bracelet, Bvlgari High Jewellery Serpenti necklace in white gold with diamonds and emeralds
Photography by Mariano Vivanco. Styling by Michelle Cameron. Hair: Joey George. Make-up: Niki M’Nray. Set Stylist: Victoria Salomon. Production: Laura Prior. Local production: Cecilia Leroy. Photography assistants: Aljaz Habjan, Semir Hajdarevic, Leonardo Damo. Digital technician: Elisa Marchegiani. Stylist’s assistant: Celine Gaulhiac. Prop assistant: Benedikte Salomon. Hair stylist’s assistant: Mattia Piano. Production assistant: Filippo Silli.
From the October Issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia