Bella Hadid On Not Being ’Silent In The Face Of Personal Strife’

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In recent months Bella Hadid has been open about her personal battles - those of which include depression, anxiety and insecurities.

The model, who previously admitted to having a nose job after historically denying cosmetic surgery, has since seemingly addressed her need to be public about issues that others, in her shoes, might keep private.

Hadid took to her Instagram stories to share a somewhat mysterious message about dealing with 'personal strife'.

She began by writing: 'Opened eyes shifted perspectives and changed history didn't come from being silent in the face of personal strife [sic].'

The 25-year-old added: 'When people are shouting that things need to change history has shown they usually do.

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

'If you are afraid of that change, ask yourself why and if your why hurts many others freedoms [sic].'

Hadid's post appears to relate to her own struggles.

When revealing to Vogue US that she had a nose job when barely a teenager, the runway regular confessed that she has regretted it since.

She said: 'I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I would have grown into it.'

Defending her appearance, Hadid, who insisted that rhinoplasty is the only major procedure she's had done, added: 'People think I fully f***ed with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy. I'm pretty sure you don't look the same now as you did at 13, right?'

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Photo credit: Robert Kamau - Getty Images

Hadid went on to explain that people's criticism of her looks led her to question her worth as a supermodel.

'I've had this impostor syndrome where people made me feel like I didn't deserve any of this. People always have something to say, but what I have to say is, I've always been misunderstood in my industry and by the people around me,' she explained.

She explained comparing herself to older sister Gigi also contributed to her insecurities.

'I was the uglier sister. I was the brunette. I wasn't as cool as Gigi, not as outgoing. That's really what people said about me. And unfortunately when you get told things so many times, you do just believe it,' she said.

'I always ask myself, how did a girl with incredible insecurities, anxiety, depression, body-image issues, eating issues, who hates to be touched, who has intense social anxiety—what was I doing getting into this business?'

The model-turned-actor admitted to coping by putting 'on a very smiley face, or a very strong face. I always felt like I had something to prove'.

Hadid, who discussed her 'complicated' anxiety and mental health struggles with WSJ Magazine in an interview published earlier this year, said: 'I would have really depressive episodes and my mum or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of having to respond in text, I would just send them a photo.'

She continued: 'It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time because I was never able to explain how I was feeling. I would just be in excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain, and I didn’t know why. That was over the past three years.'

And on April 7, she shared a post to her Instagram page that referred to that time in her life.

Accompanying photos of her looking giddy, she wrote: '5 years ago the week before I changed my whole life. She was smiling through the pain but giving absolute spiral-sitaaaaa but she’s also giving GROWTH and I’m proud [sic].'

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