Bella Hadid unveiled as cover star for Pop magazine September issue

Bella Hadid revealed behind-the-scenes snaps from her magazine shoot on Instagram. (Getty Images)
Updated 28 August 2018
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Bella Hadid unveiled as cover star for Pop magazine September issue

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model and all-around-superstar Bella Hadid has been unveiled as the cover star for the September issue of the UK’s Pop magazine.

Over the weekend, Hadid shared behind-the-scenes snaps from the shoot with photographer Charlotte Wales on Instagram.

 “Behind the scenes of my 4th @thepopmag cover by the incredible!!!! @charlottemwales !!!!!!! Everybody!!!! This was one of my favorite days ever. The cover will be out Monday (sic),” she captioned the photographs.

The magazine spread sees Hadid posing inside a see-through box on a pedestal while viewers examine her as though she is an exhibit at a museum.

The series has been called “Goldfish Bella” on the magazine’s Instagram account and it was partly shot by Stevie Dance, a New York-based fashion stylist, designer and director, who got behind the camera for the cover images.

“BELLZ BELLS BEL... Everything Starts With A B... Back to Business with beautiful, brilliant, badass bombshell POP Girl Bella Hadid photographed for three covers by NEW MUM Stevie Dance!” the magazine captioned the images.

One of three magazine covers featuring the US-Palestinian model. (Pop magazine)

Pop is a British fashion magazine that was co-founded in 2000 by Ashley Heath and editor Katie Grand.

Speaking about the photoshoot, Heath revealed the theme was a play on the star’s “fame and celebrity life,” according to the Daily Mail.

“‘The idea was an extension of all these Instagram identities that Bella creates... every month she’s Baby Bella, Bahamas Bella, Bad Bella, Hells Bells etc. We asked if she’d be willing to be Goldfish Bella for Pop. It’s obviously a take on her fame and celebrity life.”

Hadid’s set-up is reminiscent of actress Tilda Swinton’s performance art piece “The Maybe,” which she performed in 1995 and 2013. Swinton took long naps, some of which lasted hours, inside a glass box placed, most recently, in New York’s Museum of Modern Art — an interesting comment on voyeurism and the failure to attain privacy, perhaps?

On that note, Hadid recently put an end to months of speculation regarding the status of her relationship with singer The Weeknd when the on-off couple were spotted attending Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party together. A source told US Weekly that the duo is “great and happy together now.”

Bella and the “Call Out My Name” singer, 28, previously dated for nearly two years before splitting in November 2016. They began to fuel relationship rumors again when they were seen together at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.

Hadid posed inside a clear box during the edgy shoot. The photographs were taken by Charlotte Wales. (Pop magazine)


MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

Updated 20 September 2018
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MUSE: Rawan bin Hussain talks social media stardom

  • Rawan Bin Hussain is one of the largest influencers in the region
  • Aside from launching a lipstick line, the Kuwaiti blogger studies law in London

DUBAI: The Kuwaiti influencer, who has 3 million Instagram followers, talks about studying law, learning to fly and why gender biases are ‘so 1800s’

Being a fashion blogger is not the opposite of being a lawyer – they don’t conflict. I didn’t leave law behind. I’m still studying it. I could have moved to Dubai and made millions a month like other bloggers, but I’m not. I’m living in London making nothing a month because education comes first for me.
To show that lawyers don’t only fight for justice in court, but also in real life by giving back to the community, I launched a law association in Kuwait for female law students, law graduates and lawyers. If you have knowledge in the field of law, I want your experience and we can work together to do charity work and attend workshops.
I’ve always loved traveling around the world, so why not have my own license and my own airplane jetting around the world?
I don’t mind taking risks because I think people who don’t take risks are cowards. Life is fun, life is full of experiences, full of lessons. If you don’t fail and if you don’t learn from your mistakes, you won’t achieve anything in life. It doesn’t come on a plate of gold. You have to work for it.

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A lot of people think that when you are a beauty icon, you are an empty head, empty-minded. We are not. A lot of bloggers are good mothers to their children, they are engineers, doctors, lawyers. They have a career, they just choose to do blogging, which is what they love, and I respect it because you should do what you love and love what you do.
We need to stop stereotyping, criticizing, judging based on the way she looks, the way she dresses, the way she appeals to others. I cannot please everybody as, most of all, I need to please myself.
I regret being too transparent sometimes. I am too spontaneous. I say my opinion in a very casual way – maybe I don’t think about the circumstances or the consequences. But if you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn a lesson.  
We shouldn’t look as men as competition or a dangerous threat. We can work together to make this world a better place.
As a woman, I want to say look at me, I’m here. I can be a lawyer, a pilot, a public figure, an entrepreneur. I am capable of doing so many things. Men need to see that and respect that and not underestimate us because we are females. Judgment based on gender is so 1800s.