Bella Hadid

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Isabella Khair Hadid was born October 9, 1996 and is an American model.

She was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Los Angeles, California to real-estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid. Her mother is Dutch, and her father is Palestinian. Through her father she claims descent from Daher Al Omer, Prince of Nazareth and the Sheik of Galilee. Hadid has two siblings, an older sister named Gigi, who is also a model, and a younger brother, Anwar. She has two older half-sisters, Marielle and Alana, on her father’s side. 

Hadid and her siblings were originally raised on a ranch in Santa Barbara, California for ten years. As a teenager, Hadid was an equestrian and had dreams of attending the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro but had to give up competing in 2013 due to her suffering from chronic Lyme disease. It was not announced that she suffered from chronic Lyme until October 2015. She was diagnosed, along with her mother and brother, with the chronic illness in 2012.

In fall of 2014, Hadid moved to New York City and began studying photography at the Parsons School of Design, signing to IMG shortly before. She has since dropped out of school due to the success of her modeling career, but has expressed interest in returning to school to take on Fashion Photography as a career once she is done modeling. Hadid has also expressed interest in acting. 

In 2016, Hadid donated a pair of denim jeans to Johny Dar’s Jeans for Refugees project, which were to be hand painted and auctioned off in order to raise money for the International Rescue Committee. In January 2017, Hadid attended the “No Ban, No Wall” march in New York City, saying in an interview it was her own family history that drove her to participate in the march.

Hadid has said she is proud to be a Muslim while reflecting on her father’s history as a refugee, practicing Muslim, and successful US businessman when discussing her opposition to President Trump’s immigration policies. On December 8, 2017, Hadid joined London protests against Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.