I don’t know if the financial peril of magazines means there is not enough space, or if this piece is heavily abridged, or just didn’t work out — as with countless celeb-on-celeb interviews, the recent Lana Del Rey/Kendall Jenner one being arguably the low point. Whatever the reason, Gigi Hadid interviewing Bella is almost as long in full as the two headlines about it are (“Gigi Hadid Interviews Bella Hadid On Fame, Family, and What’s Really Fact From Fiction // The 21-year-old face of Dior opens up in a candid interview with her fellow-supermodel sister”). Those make it sound like a potentially juicy interview, but it’s not. All Bella does is talk about herself in the third person a little — to differentiate the famous person from her true self, naturally — and reassure us all she can use her facial muscles:
People always say I have the same facial expressions. But what they don’t realize is that for a long time I looked that way because photographers on set would direct me to look “bored” or “very nonchalant.” But it isn’t necessarily the way I really am.
Okay, but is that why she does it on the red carpet, too? I will say that I’ve noticed her smiling MORE there, so either she’s self-conscious about this, or before she was trying to copy the way she was told to model and is only now realizing she doesn’t have to do that. I don’t know. It’s a weird explanation. There’s a self-fancying quality to the way she talks about herself as well that is hard to pin down, although lord knows thinking oneself is the bomb is not a BAD thing.
Beyond that, for two close sisters, Gigi thinks of nothing interesting to ask Bella or even ay about Bella, beyond the two of them lightly touching on the same celebrity narrative everyone uses these days: that social media commenters can be hard, and that she really likes to stay in and play games and watch movies on weekends because she’s a homebody. All that’s missing is the old “I eat anything I want!” trope. Seriously, so many celebs answer “What would people be surprised to know about you?” with, “That I’m a homebody,” and it is therefore now the least surprising answer imaginable. I wish just once someone would say, “That I put potato chips on all my sandwiches, that I’ve never seen an episode of Law & Order, and that I subscribe to Soap Opera Digest.” Now THERE’s an answer.