Bella Hadid on Fashion Week, Riccardo Tisci, and Why She Hates Burpees

By her own admission, Bella Hadid is not the world’s biggest sports enthusiast.

“I’m not really a football person, I was just there for the food,” the model said the morning after Super Bowl Sunday. “And Lady Gaga was major. She was so good. I can’t imagine having to dance and sing and jump off a roof. Can you imagine that? I can barely walk to my kitchen.”

Hadid certainly can play the sporty type, though. On Monday morning, she was dressed in a pair of black sweatpants with a matching crop top and bomber jacket, finished off with a brand-new pair of Nike sneakers, a childhood obsession. “My freshman year of high school, I would always wear my Air Force Ones, and that’s where it really started and my love of Nike grew. And now we’re here.”

Bella Hadid

Photo by Bon Duke. Visual Editor: Biel Parklee. Styled by Elizabeth Sulcer. Hair by David Von Cannon at The Wall Group, makeup by Nina Park for Dior at The Wall Group.

Here was Nike’s Manhattan exclusive showroom and fitness studio, where Hadid was spending the morning to promote the brand’s latest sneaker collaboration with Riccardo Tisci, hot off the news of his departure from Givenchy. His fourth collaboration with NikeLab, the designer created a black and white take on the Dunk Lux Highs, the ads for which feature Tisci and Hadid wearing his and hers pairs.

“The first time I met Riccardo was maybe…” Hadid said, trailing off. “I feel like I’ve known him my whole life. For me, it was very instant because he’s just my kind of person. I’ve always been so intrigued with the way he works and the way he designs. He’s become one of my close friends and someone I look up to so much. I can’t believe I get to work with him.”

Hadid has taken to the Givenchy runway several times over, including last month’s men's wear show, but this occasion marked the first occasion of getting in front of the lens with Tisci by her side.

Bella Hadid

Photo by Bon Duke. Visual Editor: Biel Parklee. Styled by Elizabeth Sulcer. Hair by David Von Cannon at The Wall Group, makeup by Nina Park for Dior at The Wall Group.

“It was much fun,” she said. “He has such crazy art direction and knows exactly what he wants, so it’s funny to shoot with him when he has to be in front of the camera. He is such an incredible energy and we just laugh and talk about stupid stuff.”

With New York Fashion Week looming, the model had a busy week ahead of her and, unlike many jaded models, Hadid was genuinely looking forward to it. “I’m ready. I’m excited. It’s going to be a good season,” she said.

It helps that Hadid is currently Miss Congeniality of the fashion set, with Gigi, Kendall, and a whole slew of BFF top runway models to keep her company.

“It’s honestly so much more fun [knowing people],” she said, now that she's had four seasons under her belt. “My first big show was Tom Ford in Los Angeles, where I didn’t know anybody, and all the girls all knew each other because they’d been working together for so long. It definitely took me awhile to get to that point and now it’s so nice because I can go to any show and have a solid friend group. They’re all genuinely cool, smart, funny girls.”

To prepare for the week, Hadid is putting her Nikes to work by upping sessions with her personal trainer. “I actually enjoy working out now with my trainer,” she said. “My sister loves boxing and will do a whole thing of boxing, but I prefer intervals, so like five minutes of boxing and then go do ass and abs. I really like doing fun workouts, like the thing where you slide or get to pull a rope. I do not like burpees.”

Joining them on the less enjoyable scale: cutting out pizza, a general Hadid favorite. “I always eat pretty healthy throughout the year, but I have to cut out pizza and bread [during fashion week] because I’m like, highly allergic…I’m not gluten free, but I should be.”

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