Besides Kendall and Kylie, there's another sister act making waves in the fashion world lately: 20-year-old Gigi Hadid and her little sister, 19-year-old Bella.
(Actually, it happens to be Bella's birthday TODAY. Happy b-day, Bella!)
Now, you're probably already familiar with Gigi. She first caught our attention at the 2014 American Music Awards—when we were all like, "who IS that?!"
Then the same thing happened when Bella showed up at this year's Met Ball. My thoughts: "OMG, there are TWO of them?" Life just ain't fair.
Then, one of you guys suggested a Before & After on Bella, and what I found was pretty surprising... let's take a closer look!
Bella in 2009
The earliest photo I could find dates back to 2009, when Bella was 13. Did you know she is also a champion equestrian? Me neither.
This is another shot from what I believe is the same competition (looks like she won something). Either this is her natural hair colour, or she started dyeing her hair dark black-brown when she was very young. (Are 13-year-olds seriously doing full dye jobs these days?) The reason I wonder is because her brows are so light. It does look nice and shiny, though.
Bella in 2010
Here's Bella at 14. Another observation about kids these days: they look so grown-up and polished! Everyone I knew at that time was awkward with bad style, bad skin and bad hair.
I don't know when this shot was taken, but it looks like it was probably the same year. Again, hair is on point! She looks really pretty and natural. And speaking of natural, let's talk about the elephant in the room: her nose. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is clear by now that this is not at all the same one she has today.
I'm not sure when this photo was taken either, but Bella was with Gigi, meeting Drake! Again, she looks more than fine to me, even if this nose is supposedly not "model material" or whatever. But there's one more thing I want you to notice. Her lips! The upper one is much thinner than the lower. Wait 'til you see what it looks like now.
Bella in 2014
I assume all the surgical tweakery took place sometime in between 2011 and 2013, because I couldn't find any photo documentation until she stepped out on this red carpet in 2014. Just a reminder, Bella is 17 here. The first thing I noticed is her upper lip suddenly became much fuller. Granted, she doesn't smile in photos anymore, so it could be that it's not being stretched out. But given that her nose changed as well, I suspect these are cosmetic interventions. Her nose is not tiny, but definitely refined.
Later that same year, Bella's hair started getting darker and she adopted her now-signature style of a centre-parted tight updo. Okay, the girl is a knockout now. You definitely focus on her eyes more—she has really, really beautiful eyes.
I love her stained lips here! I don't know whether she gets injections or if it's a permanent upper lip implant, but whoever is behind this has amazing skill. What's interesting is that adding the fullness to her upper lip helps balance out her face, because the tip of her nose was shortened. Pretty clever, if you're into analyzing facial symmetry.
Bella in 2015
Bella went makeup-free here. Respect! In a sea of Kardashian kontouring, I love seeing bare faces and the confidence that conveys. Here, you can also really notice how chiseled her new nose is. (Perhaps a little too chiseled?)
This is photo that made our jaws hit the floor. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. However, it's not just her flawless skin and the way she's been styled. (Side note: I do love the slick top knot, and think it looks even better than the centre parts.) I think what's mesmerizing about this photo is that her features almost look a bit unreal... like they are too perfect? I guess that's a side effect of cosmetic tinkering...
Bella's transformation into a brunette Jennifer Lawrence is now complete. I SWEAR, they look like the exact same person!
Update: Bella in 2016
Bella's beauty look keeps evolving; here, it looks a little more relaxed. And she also has a tan! The tip of her nose looks strangely bony.
Update: Bella in 2017
Now, it's back to Bella's preferred ultra-tight hairstyle (it's my favourite on her, too). She looks even more feline than usual thanks to this eyeliner! I still can't get over the perfection of her skin.
Like I always say with these Before & Afters, I'm not against plastic surgery. Obviously, it is a very personal choice and we can have no idea about another person's reasons for it.
When your job requires that you express yourself with your eyes, then a larger nose can be distraction (sad but true). Once that was tweaked, Bella's upper lip was augmented to fill in that space, and add balance to her face. Truly, it made the difference between "average girl on the street" and A-list model.
So, let's just be aware of that! I stumbled across @bellahadidb4su1, an account created to point out Bella's surgeries, and they said it best: "The only reason I created this account isn't to hate on her. It's just that so many girls are getting low self-esteem after seeing her pics."
Remember that more often than not, the celebs we idolize as being preternaturally beautiful got a little "help" along the way. Bella appears to be one of them!
How do you feel about Bella's beauty evolution?
Which of these looks is your favourite?
What "beauty work" do you think she's had done?