Ardent followers of the famous Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show must be aware that model Bella Hadid has been a renowned VS Angel, having walked in the well-known fashion show three times since 2016. But despite her frequent association with the show, Hadid never felt “really sexy” on the catwalk modelling underwear, well, until she walked for Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty in 2019
During Rihanna’s recently held Savage x Fenty event, during the New York Fashion Week, Bella Hadid walked the stage in an all-yellow ensemble- thigh-high stockings, a bustier top, a lace scarf, a gold belly chain, and other gold jewellery- and she couldn’t have been happier about the experience.
In a chat with filmmaker Loïc Prigent at Vogue‘s Fashion Festival in Paris, the 23-year-old model practically gushed in Rihanna’s praise.
“Rihanna’s amazing. For me, that was the first time on a runway that I felt really sexy,” Hadid said sharing her exquisite experience of walking the catwalk. “Because when I first did Fenty, I was doing other lingerie shows and I never felt powerful on a runway, like, in my underwear.”
Bella Hadid may have not have called out Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show by name, but she is famous as Victoria’s Secret Angel and a regular face in their fashion show.
“I like being another character,” Hadid explained. “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 explained, adding that Rihanna boosted her confidence by giving her the freedom to walk any way she wanted on the runway.
But the pressure and stress of working in a high-profile sector is a struggle in itself, something the model admitted during the chat as well.
“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,” she said. She primarily talked about the guilt she felt despite the success she has experienced in life. She went on the add how she was very emotionally unstable at the time and spend her days crying when she was just 18 and working 14-hours a day. By sharing her struggles she hopes that others can be motivated to do the same and will not give up on seeking the help they deserve.