12 Reasons Why 2016 Was the Year of Bella Hadid
It's almost alarming to remember that at this time in 2015, Bella Hadid was best known as Gigi's up-and-coming little sister. Fast-forward to now, and the bona fide supermodel is a stunning example of how much can change in a year (which, frankly, seems to be the overarching theme of 2016). After 12 months spent inking countless high-profile contracts (Nike! Calvin Klein! Dior!), posing and catwalking for the most legendary fashion labels in the biz, accruing upwards of eight million Instagram followers, and capping it all off by making her debut on the Victoria's Secret runway, it's crystal clear: This is Bella Hadid's world, and we're just living in it.
But rather than wax poetic and speculate on her explosive success, why not let her accomplishments speak for themselves? By perusing a timeline of Hadid's jam-packed year, it's much easier to understand her astronomical rise. As for how she managed to tackle it all, well… that's anyone's guess. (Let's just say that we're beginning to suspect that she's not actually human.)
Look back at Hadid's incredible year below.
Believe it or not, 2016 could have been the year of Bella Hadid, supermodel and Olympian. Hadid, a competitive equestrian, had set her sights on Rio, only to sideline this particular dream when complications from Lyme disease prevented her from competing in the trials. But she still managed to trade one accomplishment for another: Hadid kicked off the year by appearing in her very first spread for Vogue, posing alongside fellow notable little sisters Kylie Jenner and Lottie Moss. (And there's always Tokyo 2020, Bella!)
Mere hours before walking the label's Cruise show, Hadid announced via Instagram that she had scored a highly coveted contract as the face of Dior Beauty. The Francophilia didn't stop there, as the model closed out the month with a series of high-profile appearances at Cannes.
May we suggest that Hadid just go ahead and invest in a chic flat in Le Marais? She also spent a good part of June (and the beginning of July) catwalking in Paris, starting with the Givenchy menswear show and ending with Chanel, Atelier Versace, and Christian Dior couture. Oh, and she also hit five million Instagram followers like it was nothing.
It wasn't the first mega contract Hadid signed in 2016, and it certainly wouldn't be the last. Following in the footsteps of supers ranging from Kate Moss to Kendall Jenner, Hadid debuted as the newest face of Calvin Klein as one typically does: scantily clad on a billboard.
While Hadid took a much-deserved break during the dog days of summer, it's worth noting that a "break" in Hadid-land means passing successes like the unveiling of a controversial September cover for Vogue Paris—not to mention surpassing six million followers on Instagram.
Happy birthday, Bella! With her high-profile crew in tow, she rightly said goodbye to her teens in what can only be described as a very sheer chainmail disco dress (and metallic eyeliner to match).
Those intense boxing workouts clearly paid off: Hadid's toned abs earned her perhaps the most coveted athleisure contract in the biz.
What better way to close out an exceedingly dreamy year than being selected to walk the most buzzed-about runway in the modeling biz? It was truly the perfect (feathered, sequined) flourish on a career-making 12 months for Hadid. Nonetheless, we have a feeling this is just the beginning of Bella's world takeover—and we can't wait to see where it takes her in 2017.
On that note, see what happened when our editor tried to eat like Bella for a week.