Isabella Khair Hadid (born October 9, 1996) is an American model, signed to IMG Models in 2014. In December 2016, the Industry voted her “Model of the Year” for Model.com’s Model of the Year 2016 Awards.
Isabella Khair Hadid 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 because she suffered 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.
Hadid’s first cover of the year was for the January issue of W Magazine Korea, a reprint of her W editorial from the US editions “Royals Issue”. Her first new cover of the year was for the recently rebranded Teen Vogue, Hadid starred on one of the Volume 1 covers with best friend, Jesse Jo Stark. Her first standard issue vogue cover was for the year was for Vogue China in April, appearing on their cover again in September, and another in June for Vogue Italia. In September, Hadid topped her numbers from the year prior with Elle Russia, Harper’s Bazaar China, and by breaking the record for most Vogue September covers in one year (formerly kept by Doutzen Kroes in 2013 and Linda Evangelista in 1993). Hadid snagged the cover of five international editions of the fashion magazine; China, Spain, Brazil, Australia, and Arabia—also making Hadid newly launched Vogue Arabia’s first September cover star—in the month. She also appeared on the cover of CR Fashion Book, Grazia Italia, Sunday Times Style, Porter Magazine; ELLE US, Russia, and France; InStyle, 032c, and was one of the covers for the first issue of Super ELLE China. In 2017, she also had editorials in Vogue Paris, LOVE Magazine, V Magazine, and Dazed Magazine.
Hadid and her sister, Gigi, started off the S/S campaign season together – starring alongside one another in both that seasons Fendi and Moschino campaigns. Along with shooting a campaign with her sister, Hadid also shot a campaign for Zadig & Voltaire with her younger brother, Anwar. Hadid also starred solo in the DKNY, TAG Heuer, and Boghossian Jewels Les Merveilles S/S 2017 campaigns. Hadid also starred in both Ochirly’s Spring and Summer campaigns and in the ZaynxVersus capsule collection campaign. She starred in her first beauty campaign in S/S 2017 for Dior Makeup’s “Pump N’ Volume” mascara. After being declared one of their Nike: NY Made ambassadors in 2016, Hadid starred in her first campaign with Nike for their OG Cortez sneaker. As ambassador of the brand’s accessories line, Hadid starred as the face of Bulari’s Goldea Roman Night fragrance and F/W 2017 Serpiniti collection campaign. Hadid starred in a second accessories campaign for Max Mara and in Penshoppe’s “Generation” campaign. Also in the F/W 2017 season, Hadid starred alongside Miles McMillan in Giuseppe Zanotti, Justin Grossman in NARS Cosmetics, and Kendall Jenner in Ochirly’s Fall campaign.
As ambassador of Dior Beauty, Hadid also starred in a series of videos entitled “Dior Makeup with Bella Hadid” throughout the year; these videos had begun in December 2016. On February 8, Hadid was announced the new ambassador for Bulgari’s accessory lines and, on February 13, she was announced the new face and ambassador of TAG Heuer.