On Saturday, Bella Hadid shared a fun photo dump of what it looks like she’s been up to this fall and winter. Amongst the miscellaneous selfies and pictures of food and street shots, there was shuffled in a photo of baby Khai, her sister Gigi Hadid’s only child. Gigi shares Khai with her ex, Zayn Malik, and rarely shares pictures of her on social media — especially not her face.
In the sweet photo, Khai is kneeling in front of the grizzly bear exhibit at what looks like the Natural History Museum next to New York City’s Central Park. Beside her, Aunt Bella is crouching and pointing at the display. Khai is wearing tie-dye pants and a tan cardigan, and Bella is in a long khaki coat, sneakers, and a baseball cap. She has a fabric mask partially hanging off her face, revealing a smile as she talks to her niece.
This week, Bella did a photoshoot for Chaos magazine wearing a blonde look that was very Marilyn Monroe, with high pin curls styled by fashion legend Sam McKnight. The images were shot by photographer Nadia Lee Cohen and Bella is stunning.
Despite her flawless looks recently, Bella has been making an effort to share more of her internal life. She told Vogue in their April cover story this year that people’s expectations of her don’t mesh with who she really is.
“The majority of the time when I meet people, they say, ‘I just didn’t think you were going to be nice, that you were going to be this mean, scary dragon lady, or some kind of a sexbot,’” she explained. “That’s just not me, and if people have a better understanding of who I am, then I feel less alone within myself.”
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, will be released by Dial Press in February 2022.