Bella Hadid Opens Up About Her Mental Health Whilst Walking For Victoria's Secret

BY Kasia Truscott / Nov 17 2019 / 12:08 PM

The supermodel admits she "never felt powerful" on the Victoria's Secret runway

Bella Hadid Opens Up About Her Mental Health Whilst Walking For Victoria's Secret
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At just 23 years old, Bella Hadid has already taken over the best of the world's high fashion catwalks, been crowned as the most beautiful woman in the world, and has become one of the most in-demand supermodels as of late. But, in a candid new interview, Bella revealed that she never actually felt confident about modelling in her underwear until she walked for Rihanna’s debut Savage x Fenty show.

Last Friday, Bella attended the Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris, where she told fashion magazine editor, Loïc Prigent, that, "Rihanna’s amazing. For me, that was the first time on a runway that I felt really [confident]."

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"When I first did Fenty, I was doing other lingerie shows and I never felt powerful on a runway, like, in my underwear." 

Bella first graced the Victoria's Secret catwalk back in 2016, where she continued to walk the runway for another two years. The lingerie label has cut its annual show for this year, attributing the decision to a series of financial constraints.

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The supermodel later joined Rihanna's cast of models for Savage x Fenty's inaugural show in 2018, and most recently walked for the label back in September earlier this year. 

Commenting on her experience in the show, Bella said, "I like being another character. I think at this point I don’t necessarily love being myself sometimes. Sometimes on the runway you get either nervous or you forget how your legs move."

She continued to open up about her mental health, noting, "For a while I just didn’t want to talk about it, and I’ve gone through a lot in the past few years with my health."

"I feel guilty for being able to live this incredible life, have the opportunities that I do, but somehow still be depressed. It doesn’t make sense."

This isn't the first time the supermodel has opened up about her struggles with mental health. Last month, on World Mental Health Day, Bella shared a personal post on Instagram, where she revealed that she had been "dealing with [a lot] for a few years," but was "finally at a point... [where I am] grateful and proud of myself to be in the place that I am today."