It's not that easy to seize EVERYONE'S attention at Cannes Film Festival. The red carpet competition stiff, with this year's big names including Kristen Stewart, Kate Moss and Blake Lively.
"I've always wanted to wear a red dress, it's just been my dream since I was a little girl," she said. "Ever since prom and freshman, it's always been what I wanted to wear but I never could. I'm usually very simple with my red carpet looks - I tend to just wear black - so this was a big risk. I was sort of scared about it, but I've had so much nice feedback which was exciting."
But she won't wear a gown so daring again in the near future.
"I might wear a variation of it, but that's definitely the riskiest thing I'll wear in a while," she told us backstage at the Dior Cruise show yesterday. "I'll tone the next few down; you gotta keep them guessing and on their toes you know?"
Much has been said about how she managed to make sure her dress didn't slip in the wrong places, but she reveals it was all down to a strategic, high-waisted leotard.
"I didn't have a problem with it at all, it held itself together," she said. "If there was a little wind that would have been a problem but there wasn't. It all worked out!"
Hadid's ascent to fashion success is impressive - in just over 18 months she's gone from an unknown model to the face of Balmain and, as of yesterday, Dior beauty.
"I surround myself with people I love and when I love them, I support them and go for it. And they then really push for me," she says when asked about the secrets of her success. "Also, I work really hard. I try to do the best I can with everything that I put my mind to."
Then there's the famous family. Her mum, Yolanda Foster, is one of The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills. She's the younger sister of model Gigi Hadid, who, at 21, is two years her senior.
"It's nice to be in the same industry and to be able to support each other," she says of her big sister. "It's especially nice when we get to work with each other or at least work in the same country. Sometimes we don't even realise we're in the same city until we message and then we're able to hang out after work and have a sleepover. It stops things from getting lonely."
But, having spent a day backstage at the Dior show with Bella, there's seemingly more to Hadid's success than a strong support network. She is excellent company and nice to everyone - whether a legendary makeup artist like Peter Philips or a junior assistant. This should, obviously, be a given, but, in fashion, it's all too easy for those in the public eye to start believing their own hype. Hadid is the opposite.
"Being personable is going to carry you much further than doing a peace sign as they walk past," she laughs. "It always works out in the end if you're kind to people."
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