Get­ting to know Bella

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - COVER STORY -

1. IF I WEREN’T A MODEL, I’D BE: A pho­tog­ra­pher or a pro­fes­sional eques­trian. Down the road, I might try my hand at act­ing, but I want to be able to fully com­mit.

2. BEST CA­REER AD­VICE I’VE RE­CEIVED: My mom al­ways told me to be hum­ble, work hard, and treat everyone with kind­ness and re­spect. I think that al­ways be­ing nice is some­thing that makes you stand out.

3. CHANGE I’D LIKE TO SEE IN MY IN­DUS­TRY: I think the in­dus­try over­all is shift­ing to­wards in­clu­siv­ity, of dif­fer­ent back­grounds and body types, which is a re­ally pos­i­tive change.

4. WHO I AD­MIRE AND WHY: Grow­ing up, my spirit al­ways res­onated with Kate Moss, so I guess she in­spired me to be my­self even if that wasn’t al­ways per­fect.

5. BOOK THAT LEFT A LAST­ING IM­PRES­SION ON ME: I read it as a kid, but I still re­mem­ber The Giver [by Lois Lowry] hav­ing an im­pact on me. It re­minds you to be an in­di­vid­ual, which is such an im­por­tant mes­sage.

6. MY PER­FECT DAY WOULD BE­GIN: It de­pends. If I was go­ing to work, I would prob­a­bly ap­ply a mask and get in some ex­tra skincare time. Ac­tu­ally, I would prob­a­bly give my­self five more min­utes of sleep and, I don’t know, make break­fast? The morn­ings are dif­fi­cult for me – I’m def­i­nitely a rusher in the morn­ings.

7. MY PER­FECT DAY WOULD END: Eat­ing pizza in bed and watch­ing a movie with a friend.

8. SOME­THING NICE I DID FOR MY­SELF RE­CENTLY: I took a trip to Ja­maica with some girl­friends. I had just wrapped fash­ion month, which was one of the cra­zi­est sea­sons I’ve had, and took a few days off to re­lax in the sun.

9. THE BEAUTY ES­SEN­TIAL YOU’D HAVE TO PRY OUT OF MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Dior­show Mas­cara [Bella is a face of Dior Make-up]. It re­ally makes your eyes pop.

10. WHAT EV­ERY WOMAN SHOULD TRY ONCE IN HER LIFE­TIME: Liv­ing alone. When I moved to NYC, it was the first time I had ever lived by my­self, and it’s such a free­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s def­i­nitely lonely some­times, but you get to know your­self re­ally well.

11. ON MY BUCKET LIST: That’s a hard one be­cause I just feel so lucky that I’m able to do all of this. Maybe learn to play an in­stru­ment.

12. THE THREE QUAL­I­TIES THAT GOT ME WHERE I AM TO­DAY: Kind­ness, ded­i­ca­tion and per­se­ver­ance. I just like to fo­cus on my­self and my ca­reer – plus, it takes way too much en­ergy to be mean.

13. MOST AGONISING CA­REER DE­CI­SION I’VE EVER MADE: Hav­ing to re­tire from pro­fes­sional rid­ing just be­fore the 2016 Olympics be­cause of my chronic Lyme dis­ease. I be­gan rid­ing when I was three and instantly fell in love with it, and sell­ing my horse was the hard­est de­ci­sion I’ve ever had to make.

14. HOW I MADE MY FIRST DOL­LAR: Work­ing at a juice shop in Mal­ibu [Cal­i­for­nia].

15. HOW I CLEAR MY MIND AF­TER A CRAPPY DAY: Call my mom, take a bub­ble bath, and go to sleep early. Noth­ing re­laxes me like a good night’s sleep.

Bella with friends and fel­low mod­els Ken­dall Jen­ner (left and mid­dle), and Win­nie Har­low (right).

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