Bella Hadid: ‘I need to stand up for myself’

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when a…

Bella Hadid considers her biggest failure to be not standing up for herself more.

The model answered a series of personal questions that were picked by Rihanna in a new interview for the Umbrella hitmaker’s guest-edited issue of i-D magazine, and when asked what her biggest failure had been, Bella revealed it was when she didn’t “trust and nurture” her intuition.

“I learned that in order for me to grow and know my personal strengths, I need to own my decisions and stand up for myself and what I believe in,” she shared.

And the 23-year-old, who has walked for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Versace, went on to reveal that the highlight of her career has been working with her idols.

“The biggest professional success for me has been being able to work alongside the men and women I have looked up to and watched since I was young,” Bella explained. “It’s been a blessing to watch these artists work and I feel lucky to be a small part of their big visions.”

She also shared her New Year’s resolutions and explained that she will be working towards being her “most authentic” self in the coming year.

“2020 is about leading with love and being the most authentic version of myself as possible ! I’ve seen myself and the people around me grow in so many different ways this year, and in so many aspects of life,” she stated.

“I surprised myself with what I found and I feel confident that I will be entering 2020 with a new perspective on my own personal, and professional happiness.”

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Adwoa Aboah vows to cut back on wearing tracksuits

Adwoa Aboah has promised to cut back on wearing tracksuits and dress up more.The model/activist reflected on the past year in a new interview with i-D magazine, and during the chat, noted that she would try to focus on herself as she entered the new de…

Adwoa Aboah has promised to cut back on wearing tracksuits and dress up more.

The model/activist reflected on the past year in a new interview with i-D magazine, and during the chat, noted that she would try to focus on herself as she entered the new decade.

“I’m taking more time for myself, more concentration on Gurls Talk,” Adwoa shared, referring to her hugely successful online community. “My friends, the ones who really lift me. Honesty. Good conversation.

“Maybe I’ll let go of wearing tracksuits so often and dress up a bit more – finally use all those great clothes I’ve got,” she laughed.

The British beauty went on to explain that she hoped to find love over the coming year and will be taking her “perseverance and hope” into the upcoming months.

“I’ll be looking for new love in 2020, I’d like to be madly, head-over-heels in love with someone in 2020,” the 27-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere in the interview, Adwoa discussed her biggest personal and professional achievements, and said that while she was extremely proud of her online platform Gurls Talk, she was also impressed at her determination.

“In my personal life, it would be just getting through s**t. That’s success in itself. Getting through the dark times and coming out the other end a better and more rounded human being… I think perseverance is success. I’m constantly moving forward, learning from my mistakes, trying to better myself.”

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Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her d…

Gigi Hadid regrets not standing up for herself during photoshoots when she knew something “wasn’t right”.

The 24-year-old, who began her career back in 2013, reflected on her successes and failures in a candid interview for i-D magazine and shared her disappointment at not being able to speak out when she knew something was wrong on set.

“I think my biggest failures in my life and my career have been when I haven’t had – or I wasn’t old enough to have – the confidence to stand up for myself when I knew what was happening on set wasn’t right,” Gigi explained. “I didn’t believe I had the voice to speak out. I guess through those disappointments in myself, or through disappointing others with my actions, I’ve really been able to learn. I try and grow from everything.”

Gigi did not elaborate on the inappropriate behaviour she faced.

She then explained that she worked through the failures by being honest with herself and having an inner dialogue that “forces” her to look at a problem from every perspective.

“You have to connect with your morals, with how you want to live your life, find your place. I learned that the hard way!” she laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Gigi revealed her resolutions for 2020.

“I’m taking a fuller version of myself,” the model, who recently reunited with ex Zayn Malik, shared. “What I’m gonna leave behind is negativity.”

The catwalk superstar was handpicked by Rihanna and the team at i-D to appear in a special limited-edition issue titled “Rihannazine”. Other models to be interviewed and photographed by Mario Sorrenti included her sister Bella, Adwoa Aboah, and Paloma Elsesser.

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Rihanna collaborates with i-D magazine on special issue

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine…

Rihanna has teamed up with editors at i-D magazine to create a limited-edition issue.

Bosses at the publication announced on Monday that they had collaborated with the fashion and beauty mogul to create the one-off special issue, dubbed the “Rihannazine”, which celebrates “her ceaseless reign on the worlds of fashion, beauty and music” and their 40th anniversary.

“For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture,” Rihanna said of the project in a statement. “It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art, and activism – creating a more inclusive and diverse future.”

Rihanna appears on the front and back cover of the publication, with the images showing her posing in clothing from her Fenty fashion brand. All photographs in the 144-page visually-driven magazine were shot by Mario Sorrenti.

She also helped Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of i-D, handpick 43 “incredible people” who have had an “inspirational and progressive impact across culture, art, fashion, and activism” to appear in the magazine. They include models Bella and Gigi Hadid, Paloma Elsesser, and Adwoa Aboah, screenwriter Lena Waithe, Euphoria actress Alexa Demie, and writers Roxane Gay and Zadie Smith, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke. To accompany the publication, videos of Rihanna interviewing some of the stars will be posted on i-D’s Instagram page throughout the week.

“Working with Rihanna, we handpicked the people featured in this project for many different reasons; they may all represent different things but what unites them is everyone featured in these pages is incredibly inspirational,” said McKimm. “They are artists, writers, activists, musicians, and women on the front lines of the fashion industry.”

The special issue will have a limited print run of 5,000 copies, which can be purchased from 27 January.

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Naomi Campbell: ‘I’m a work in progress’

Naomi Campbell is open to criticism because she feels she is a “work in progress”.The supermodel has been the subject of negative media coverage throughout her lengthy career, but she told i-D magazine that she chooses to ignore the critics if they don…

Naomi Campbell is open to criticism because she feels she is a “work in progress”.

The supermodel has been the subject of negative media coverage throughout her lengthy career, but she told i-D magazine that she chooses to ignore the critics if they don’t offer constructive feedback.

“I am open to criticism because I am a work in progress. I know when it is given to me in a positive way, even if it’s not what I want to hear,” Naomi explained. “I don’t want enablers in my life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be.

“But I’m not taking criticism from f**king rags that are coming from a very different place. I know the difference,” she fired. “I’m not stupid. When they come from that angle, I’m coming right back. I’m not laying there, rolling over and taking it. I will speak up.”

The model and activist also shared her sentiments on privacy, and revealed she has “Privacy Law Pioneer” in her Instagram bio to highlight her ongoing work in trying to stop the paparazzi from intruding into the private lives of famous faces.

“It means that I help people in recovery who are going to meetings and have a camera pushed in their face, people outed for doing something good for themselves, something positive,” the 49-year-old said, referencing the infamous photograph of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in 2002.

And Naomi is keen to keep her personal life – including her relationships – out of the spotlight for the sake of her happiness.

“I have my privacy. If you want it, you can have it. I know I’m in the public domain, but me, as myself – I’m not,” she stated. “There’s Naomi the public person and I do what I do – which I’m grateful to still be able to do – and there’s the Naomi behind closed doors.”

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