On learning about beauty from her parents:
“I learned about beauty from my mom, though mostly in terms of skin care. She’s always said that good skin is so much more important than the stuff you put on top of it. My dad, meanwhile, never wanted us to wear makeup, so we didn’t. I rode horses, and my sister [fellow supermodel Gigi] played volleyball. In my family, it wasn’t about how you looked; it was about how you competed.”
On her craziest beauty moment:
“I’ve gone through a lot of phases. When I was 16, I really wanted to make a point of whatever it was I was trying to do, so I had grills before it was cool—I was definitely not cool—and I dyed my hair blue with pink underneath. And I had rainbow hair at one point too. It was hysterical. In terms of makeup, I really didn’t know how to do anything on my face until I started working with Dior and Peter Philips. I had no idea how to blend or how to do my brows. I look back like, “Wow girl, you’ve really learned.”
On her awkward teen years:
“Yes. I had a small waist and big hips and was kind of chubby. I love them now, but I was always self-conscious of my hips—whereas my sister had a six-pack and was very athletic. And I thought I had such a weird face. I remember very distinctly getting bullied because of my features.
On not having surgery or fillers:
“People think I’m very confident, but I really had to learn how to be… People think I got all this surgery or did this or that. And you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling. I’m scared of putting fillers into my lips. I wouldn’t want to mess up my face.”
… says Bella.