Hailey Bieber felt "inferior" to her model friends
The 22-year-old model - who is married to singer Justin Bieber - admits there were times when she felt inferior to Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid because she is shorter than them and wasn't able to do runway.
16 September 2019
She said: "My burn in the modelling industry has been slow and I've had to learn to be okay with that. I'm shorter than most of the girls. Even though I'm five-foot-eight, I'm not a runway girl and I totally used to feel inferior to some of my friends. Look at Kendall [Jenner] and Bells [Bella Hadid] and Gigi [Hadid] ... they're all tall and doing every runway. For a while, there was a part of me that didn't know if I could have the career I wanted if I couldn't do runway. I don't think that anymore. I had so many people, like casting directors, say, 'We don't think she's a real model.'"
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And Hailey was "disappointed" but she eventually found her own lane.
She added: "It was disappointing until I found my own lane. I don't look short in photos. You can make it work and not have to do runway, and I've done a good job with that. I'm proud of myself for building a more commercial career that worked for me and being confident about it. I've hosted a show, I did major American campaigns, and a bunch of other things that I've really enjoyed. Sometimes I feel like I'm still finding my lane, but now I know I'm going in the right direction."
Hailey wants to turn to fashion designing one day.
She told Vogue Australia: "One day I want to design my own clothes. I've found shopping doesn't do much for me anymore, because I know exactly what I want and I search for the clothes that are going to be the closest to what I like. Of course, there are still brands I'm into: Balenciaga is probably my favourite. I wear it a lot, because I like the combo of being oversized but still girlie. I loved all the big coats in this story."