Or should we say Hailey Bieber? The model just turned 22, got married to one of the biggest pop stars of our generation, and has apparently trademarked her new name. Something’s brewing, and we’re here for it.
We’re not sure why, but it seems like 2018 is the year of surprise weddings. Back in July, Justin Bieber confirmed his engagement to Hailey Baldwin on Instagram, posting a photo of the two of them with a 245-word caption gushing about the leggy model.
But first, a little background. Hailey is from the famous Baldwin family; her dad is actor Stephen Baldwin and her uncle is award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. She’s been working as a model since 2014, appearing in campaigns and runways for the likes of Sonia Rykiel, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, and Dolce & Gabbana.
And because Instagram It Girls flock together, her gal pals include the Hadids, Kendall Jenner, and Justine Skye. “We don’t do anything very out of the ordinary,” she reveals.
“We stay at somebody’s house, we chill, we have fun, we cook food, we eat, we watch movies, we drink tea. We’re very normal, actually.”
But back to the nuptials. By the time you’re reading this, the couple may or may not have already held a wedding ceremony. The two have remained tight-lipped on their marital status, and if the tabloids are to be believed, they’ve already had a civil ceremony. Oh, and she’s reportedly trademarked “Hailey Bieber” and the abbreviation “HRB3”, supposedly for a clothing line. Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot more of Mrs Bieber.
On being authentic
“The best advice I’ve ever received came from my father. He told me to always be myself, because that is why people are close to you, why they love you and why they want to work with you. People tend to be drawn to those whom they perceive as genuine and that’s why you need to be true to who you are.
I try to present a very real image of myself. I’m a very normal girl, I’m not obsessed with my looks, I don’t do drama. I always try to keep a low profile when I work.”
“My family and people that I have around me are the reasons why I think I’m able to stay grounded. My parents would have supported me in any choice I’d have made, even if I wanted to be a doctor or enter some other profession.
Of course, I grew up in a certain environment, and I know how that has definitely influenced me, but I’ve never been too focused on the entertainment world. It was just a world I knew very well because of my parents, and so it was never something I ever sought out. It’s happened pretty naturally and I’m happy to be enjoying this time in my life.”
On choosing modelling over a career in dance
“I actually wanted to be a professional dancer. Then I broke a couple of bones in my ankle and in my toes. Around the age of 16, I had to decide whether to move to Miami to continue studying dance, or go to New York to try to become a model. I chose modelling and here I am.
I wouldn’t have thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now. I can’t plan things, ever. Things change so quickly… I’m still kind of shy about [being a model]. I’m timid and goofy. Once you get to know me, you’ll see I’m clumsy, but I think it’s funny.”
On Instagram fame
“This generation has a lot of eyes on them. Everybody my age struggles with insecurities.
There are people much older than me saying horrible things [about me]. It’s not the best feeling in the world, but it comes with the job, so you just have to accept it and move on.
[Social media] adds a lot of layers of insecurity. You’re being told on a much larger scale that you’re not pretty, you’re not this, you’re not that. Basically, it adds a lot of layers of bullying. Even if you aren’t conscious of it, it does make your mind spin a little bit.
You think about what they’re saying, and you wonder if they’re right: ‘If they think this and are noticing this, then obviously there must be something that’s making them think that.’ There can be 10 positive comments and [only] two negative ones, but you’re going to focus on the ones that are picking at a bone that is sensitive for you.”
On Justin Bieber
“I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you’re 18, 19. It was what it was.
He’s somebody I really cherish. Now it’s a very mature situation. It’s good.”
“I don’t want to rush things, but I would like to have children when I’m younger. My mother keeps telling me that you need a lot of energy to keep up with your children!”
On beauty and makeup
“I love to do my own makeup in everyday life. I like to use liquid and cream highlighters. Becca, Laura Mercier and Smashbox are my favourites and I don’t use [powdered makeup] that much except on the red carpet.”
On getting fit
“I used to be a ballet dancer, so I do pilates, yoga, and barre… I enjoy those types of workouts.
[I use a] 10-day metabolic cleanse, where I have to drink a protein shake a few times a day and then have a super strict diet. I obviously don’t do that every day but otherwise, I do eat really healthy—a lot of vegetables and fish, not much meat and minimal dairy. I just feel better when I eat that way.
A really good cheat day for me is a burger and fries!”
“I’m a very normal girl, I’m not obsessed with my looks, I don’t do drama. I always try to keep a low profile when I work.”
Photos Instagram Account @haileybaldwin
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