‘Kendall And I? We Just Binge-watch And Eat Thai Food’
Celeb squads, strange beauty treatments, social media detoxing… Look’s Gabrielle Dyer takes an unprecedented look into Hailey Baldwin’s life As you get older you realise people aren’t perfect
If you’re wondering whether Hailey Baldwin looks like she does in her Instagram photos, the answer is yes. Yes she does. As soon as we sit down to chat with the 20-year-old It girl in Paris, we realise that, unlike other celebrities, she definitely doesn’t edit her photos.
Daughter of Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin, BFFS with Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid and a model for labels such as Ralph Lauren and Dolce & Gabbana, she’s a social media sensation – and it’s easy to see why. After all, amassing 9.9m Instagram followers doesn’t just happen to anybody.
Now, in her role as L’oréal Professionnel INOA and Pro Fiber ambassador, Hailey is confident, cool and refreshingly honest. Miss Baldwin means business…
Hi Hailey! How does it feel to be the face of such a prestigious brand? Great! The L’oréal Professionnel team and I have been experimenting with my hair, trying out lots of different looks. I dyed my hair three times during three days of shooting. There was a darker shade, a bright blonde and a neutral caramel. It was cool, that’s for sure. Your social media following is crazy. How does it feel to share your life with so many people? I enjoy giving people a real glimpse of my personality and life. I try to post both work and personal things I think are funny and that I like. Do you ever feel that one day you might take a break from it all? I did at Christmas. I had to shut it off, it was too much. I was kind of going through some stuff. I didn’t want to be on [social media]. How do you deal with trolls? You have to ignore them. I used to respond to people, but that just makes it worse. That’s the problem, people get attention for it, and that’s what they want. Who do you look up to most in the modelling industry? Supermodels from the past – Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford are still killing it! If you woke up with a massive spot the day before a show, what would you do? Oh, I’m so psycho about my skin. First, I’d freak out, like: ‘Did this really happen?’ I take good care of my skin, so it doesn’t usually happen. I have medicines from dermatologists I can use, but you have to be patient. What is the weirdest beauty treatment you’ve ever had? I use a lotion from one dermatologist, who came and took blood from my arm. It was spun in this machine that separated the blood cells, then they created a cream just for me. I feel like that is pretty peculiar! Do you have one product you couldn’t live without? Coconut oil. On Insta, you like to go make-upfree, but equally you can look really glam. Which do you prefer? I prefer going natural. I actually think I’m prettier with less make-up. When do you feel most beautiful? When I’m fresh off a vacation in the summer, when I’ve worn no make-up every single day, in salt water and just not trying at all. Do you have a standout, hilarious beauty fail you look back on and think: ‘This wasn’t a good look’? Blue eyeshadow and no eyebrows. What was I thinking? I plucked them like crazy when I was younger, but they grew back. Thank God! Have you always been body-confident or is that something you’ve developed along the way? I definitely had to learn how to take care of my body. When I was a ballet dancer I didn’t have to worry about it, but when I stopped I needed something else to keep me fit. Now I do a bit of boxing and Pilates. How often do you work out? Probably not as often as I should, but it’s really hard. What’s your worst habit? I bite my nails. It’s so bad. One of my friends used to tell me: ‘If you come around here with cracked nail polish, I can’t trust you. Girls that let their nails get cracked don’t care about themselves.’ I said: ‘Shut up! I’m going to smack you. You’re going to yell at a girl for cracked nail polish?! There are lots of things I could yell at you about!’ You’re close with Kendall Jenner. Do you get to hang out with her often? Probably more than people think. A lot of the time I’m in LA, so I’ll stay at her house. We have loads of fun. We order in food, and she has a really nice theatre so we’ll watch movies and TV shows. I remember over the holidays, probably for, like, three days, we just binge-watched stuff. One night we watched scary movies, then another we watched Notting Hill and ate Thai food. How many tattoos do you have? Sixteen. The one on the side of my wrist was my first tattoo – the date of my parents’ wedding. Which tattoo holds the most meaning to you? There’s a couple. I also have my sister’s middle name on my back. I have a ‘G’ behind my ear for a friend of mine’s daughter, who has a brain condition. Similarly, I have some that mean nothing and were for fun. You’re religious. How important is your faith in daily life? It’s probably the most important thing. That and my family. What’s the one thing about growing up that people never tell you? As you get older, you start to see people for who they are. People aren’t perfect, and you can’t expect back what you give to others. That’s something I’ve learnt over the past year. Like, the way I act towards people and towards friends, they don’t always reciprocate it.
Natural beauty: Hailey prefers to wear less make-up
With fellow model and close pal Kendall
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Hailey with Look’s Gaby