Bella Hadid says she is now making a conscious effort to protect her mental health after years of believing she has “no right to complain” or to seek treatment.
The supermodel admitted she was raised privileged but said she was always “misunderstood” by those around her and the fashion industry.
Speaking to Vogue, the 25-year-old shared about her struggles with eating disorders, anxiety and burnout at work.
She told the fashion magazine: “My immediate traumatic response was to please people.
“It’s been so long, I don’t know what I cried for. I’ve always felt so lucky, and that would make me even more disappointed in myself.
“There are people online who say ‘you live this wonderful life’. Then how can I make a complaint?
“I always felt that I had no right to complain, which meant I had no right to help, that was my first problem.”
Hadid, who has modeled for high-fashion brands such as Bulgari, Dior and Versace, had her nose done at the age of 14 – something she deeply regrets.
“I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I’m going to grow into it,” she told Vogue.
“People always have something to say, but what I have to say is, I have always been misunderstood in my industry and by the people around me.”
She added: “When you are forced to be perfect every day, in every photo, you start to look at yourself and always need to see perfection, and that is not possible.
“So now everything I do in my personal life is literally to make sure that my mental state is always above the water.
“Fashion can make or break you.
“And if it makes you, you have to make a conscious effort every day so it doesn’t break you.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/bella-hadid-says-she-now-makes-a-conscious-effort-to-protect-her-mental-health-41452195.html Bella Hadid says she is now making a conscious effort to protect her mental health