You Will Not Believe How Much Bella Hadid Has Changed

With Solange Knowles taking home her first Grammy, Elizabeth Olsen receiving Oscar buzz for her performance in Wind River, and Serena Williams winning her 23rd Grand Slam, one thing is clear: 2017 is the year of the little sister.

And Bella Hadid, who is a year and a half younger than supermodel sister Gigi Hadid, is no exception. In the past few months, the breakout star collected modeling contracts as rapidly as she did Instagram followers and magazine covers. By the end of the year, the face of Bulgari was one of the highest-paid models in the biz alongside Gigi. (Which, should be noted, is the first time siblings have appeared on the Forbes models list together.)

But that’s not to say Bella rode her sister’s coattails — far from it. In fact, the model has made significant moves to distance herself from her blonde, blue-eyed sidekick (including dyeing her own naturally light hair a shade of rich chestnut). And it's something that makes her beauty evolution especially compelling.

We met up with Bella in Rome, where she gave us the first sniff of her new Bulgari fragrance Goldea, The Roman Night. (“It reminds me of my dad’s cologne and my mother's perfume put together,” she told us.) There, she invited us to take a ride down memory lane — from how she felt on her very first red carpet to the real story behind that headline-making Met Gala appearance. Check it out, ahead.

Travel and expenses were paid for by Bulgari for the purpose of writing this story.

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Teen Choice Awards, March 2014

“I’m not wearing any makeup — and no hair, obviously. I used to have so much jewelry. The earring is a little clip and I thought it was the coolest thing. That diamond necklace — my mom and I have matching ones.”
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Met Gala, May 2015

“I recently cut my hair and haven’t worn my hair up in a while, which is crazy because I probably did every day for two years. This was my first Met Ball and I love this makeup look. This is right when I started doing this kind of makeup, which is where my signature [look] started.”
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Moschino S/S 2017 Show

“This look from Moschino is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite looks. The hair and the makeup was so cool and I thought every single girl looked so stunning and old school and really, really dope."
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Dior Party in New York City, October 2016

“I love bangs, but I don’t have enough energy to keep up with them. Those bangs are temporary. [Hairstylist] Jen Atkin loves a fake-out.”
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Cannes Film Festival, May 2016

“This was the first time [makeup artist] Peter Philips did me for a big red carpet, so it was a moment for both of us. This was also the first time I did a red lip for the carpet. It was just a stain and it still freaked me out; I never do a red lip on the carpet.”
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Anna Sui F/W 2017 Show

“[Makeup artist] Pat McGrath was amazing and the hair was so cool. Kendall and I went to McDonalds right after [this show]. We were starving and we got in the car for another show and ended up being late because we were so hungry. We got so much food and finished it all.”
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Fenty Puma By Rihanna F/W 2017

“This was Rihanna, and it was really cool. The dark lip was intense, but it was a really dope collection. I think we couldn’t take [the hair] out afterward. You had to go home and scrub it out.”
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Met Gala, May 2017

“I cut my hair a week before this for my Italian Vogue cover. For a week, I walked around with a hoodie on or my hair up in a hat. I ended up having to go somewhere, so I got a weave in my hair; it was the first time I ever got a sew-in because I needed my hair to be long so we could launch it at the Met Ball. I basically tried to fake out people for a week… and it worked.”
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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, November 2017

“VS was a big moment,” said Bella Hadid, referring to last year’s show when she walked for the first time. While Hadid says that the best part of her job is that she can transform into different people and characters, the makeup artists and hairstylists at VS always enhance her natural beauty — including her now-signature brunette bob.
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