Bella Hadid is making waves in the fashion industry, but posing in photos and looking flawless isn’t all she’s about. The model could be off to Rio in 2016 – and not for a photoshoot. Hadid is a nationally-ranked equestrian and has been training to hopefully compete in the Olympics next year.
Hadid tells Porter magazine that she’s been riding since she was three years old. “My devotion stemmed from my mom’s love of horses. I have been riding since I could walk and the fact that my mom knew everything about horses really helped my passion grow,” she said. The accompanying spread in the issue pictures Hadid horseback riding in smart equestrian-inspired attire. She looks like a winner already.
Hadid clearly has a high-profile, jet-setting lifestyle, but she is able to find her center through the sport.”You know how every model is like, ‘I do yoga.’ Well, I find horses have the same effect. You have to put your ego aside and concentrate on making the horse do the things you want it to do and move in the way you want it to move.”
It is not yet known which equestrian events Hadid will compete in, but we’re definitely hoping she makes it to Rio to represent for Team USA!