Being a supermodel often means having to deal with photo shoots, scheduling and travel that are subject to change at the 11th hour. This year, Bella Hadid is determined to maintain more consistent routines. The 25-year-old says all the last-minute changes have disrupted her personal life in an unsustainable way. Hadid, who has been public about her mental health challenges and Lyme disease diagnosis, is committed to reinvesting time in her health. “I realize now that my body is a temple,” she says, “and the routine that we have in the morning, especially Monday mornings, is…almost the most important thing because if you don’t start your week on a good note, it’s not going to be good for you.” Bella Hadid Instagram
Hadid announced at the end of last year that she was joining Victoria’s Secret’s new VS Collective, a diverse group of models, athletes, and actors that has replaced the Angels. Last year she also became the co-founder of Kin Euphorics, the non-alcoholic wellness beverage company launched by Jen Batchelor in 2018.
Here, she speaks to WSJ. about her gym routine and why posting photos of herself crying on Instagram made her feel less lonely.
Here are some things Bella Hadid revealed to WSJ. Magazine…
On what time she gets up on Monday’s and the first thing she does:
If I’m not working, I usually wake up at 8 or 8:30 a.m. on Mondays. I try to keep my phone in the other room, I try to not charge it right next to my face.
My favorite book is The Artist’s Way, so every morning, [I write] three pages, journaling. [Editor’s note: The book encourages readers to write three stream-of-consciousness “Morning Pages” every day.] What’s important for me is to have that ritual and have that moment to myself…. I try to do a gratitude meditation every morning. If it’s on my way to work, I usually put it on in the car, on the loudspeaker, so whoever’s driving me and I have a nice moment of gratitude together. Bella Hadid Instagram
I’ll head to the gym if I can get the gym in. That’s my New Year’s resolution, trying to get in the gym more often for my mental health.
On whether she has a secret to putting together a great outfit in the morning:
I haven’t had a stylist in a long time, maybe two years now. I was in such a weird place mentally that it was really complicated for me to get out of the house and put an outfit together, especially with the anxiety of [paparazzi] being outside and all that. In the last year, it was really important for me to learn that even if people talk about my style or if they like it or if they don’t, it doesn’t matter, because it’s my style. When I leave the house in the morning, what I think about is: Does this make me happy? Do I feel good in this and do I feel comfortable?
On her fitness routine:
What I love to do is take long walks on the Hudson. I love boxing. I love rowing. I like anything that seems like an activity. I love Pilates, because I’m just swinging and jumping on things. I just want to have fun and I don’t want it to feel super heavy. The gym for me is also about the social aspect, about being around energy and people.
On opening up about mental health on social media, like with the photos she posted of her crying on Instagram:
I would have really depressive episodes and my mom or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of having to respond in text, I would just send them a photo. It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time because I was never able to explain how I was feeling. I would just be in excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain, and I didn’t know why. That was over the past three years.
[When I posted them] it was to make sure that anybody that was feeling that way knew it was OK to feel that way. Even though on Instagram things look so beautiful, at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth. I felt like it was just good for me to be able to speak my truth and at some point I wasn’t able to post nice pretty pictures anymore. I was over it.
On how she’s doing now:
I do have good days. Today is a good day. My brain fog is feeling better, I don’t feel depressed. I don’t have as much anxiety as I usually do. But tomorrow I could wake up and [be] the complete opposite. That’s why I get so overwhelmed. But that post made me less lonely because I had a lot of people that have reached out saying, “I feel that way too.” Walking outside, being able to remember t. are so many people going through things and have similar patterns to me, it makes me feel better. Bella Hadid Instagram
I don’t know if that’s not what people want on Instagram, and that’s fine. I don’t have to be on Instagram forever. I feel like real is the new real, and that’s what’s important to me.
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Photo: Zoe Ghertner/Art Partmer/Courtesy of WSJ. Magazine
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