“People think I got all this surgery or did this or that. And you know what? We can do a scan of my face, darling. I’m scared of putting fillers into my lips. I wouldn’t want to mess up my face.”
That was Bella Hadid’s response to her haters in a 2018 interview, when she was 21 years old. Even back then, she’d been surrounded by plastic surgery rumours for years—and battled non-stop negative comments from her millions of Instagram followers. (“Blessings to you sweetheart. Jealousy is a cry for help that I wish I could help you with,” is how she responded to one accusation.)
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But now, at 25, she has finally come clean. In a recent interview with Vogue, Bella reveals that she got a nose job, which she regrets, at the tender age of 14. “I wish I had kept the nose of my ancestors. I think I would have grown into it.”
However, she denies getting surgery anywhere else, and insists that she’s never even had fillers. (Nor has she had Botox, according to her mother, Real Housewives star Yolanda Hadid. “None of my children have never done fillers or Botox or put anything foreign in their bodies,” she wrote on Instagram. “They know better after seeing what I went through [removing my breast implants].”)
Instead, Bella credits her changing looks to... wait for it... face tape.
So, do you believe her? Let’s take a closer look at her beauty transformation over the years, from 2010 until now.
From 2010-2013: Before She Was Famous
At the 2010 Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert
We’ll start with Bella’s very first red carpet, at age 14. As a natural blonde, she was already dyeing her hair dark brown. (“I just have a darker personality” she once explained. “And my sister being blonde and me being brunette, it’s a good separation.”) While she may have kept the same hair colour to this day, we can’t say the same for her facial features. Looking at her distinctive nose, I suspect this photo was taken before she had her rhinoplasty.
In the 2013 Malibu High School Yearbook
In her high school yearbook photo, which was leaked on TikTok, she looked a lot more polished and grown-up than most teenagers. But I doubt anyone would have guessed that she’d blossom into the “most beautiful woman in the world,” according to facial mapping techniques. While her lips seem quite plump here, she didn’t have the sculpted cheeks and feline eyes that she has now.
From 2014-2016: Her Modelling Debut
At the 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards
It was in 2014, at age 17, that she started hitting the Hollywood events circuit with her older sister, Gigi. Post-rhinoplasty, the bump that she used to have on the bridge of her nose (which you can see in 2010) has now disappeared. She says that she hasn’t had fillers, but here you can see that her upper lip is fuller than the lower one, which is atypical.
At the OnePiece Store Opening in 2014
“I was the uglier sister,” Bella recalls. “I was the brunette. I wasn’t as cool as Gigi, not as outgoing. That’s really what people said about me.... I always felt like I had something to prove.” Knowing that, is it any surprise that she felt compelled to alter her nose at such a young age? In this shot, the upper bridge is noticeably flatter, and there’s a lot more definition around the tip.
At the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards
Does she look like Jennifer Lawrence here or what?! (Specifically, JLaw during her brunette era circa 2012.) Apparently I’m not the only one to make that comparison—Bella has said that it happens “multiple times a day.” By now, she had her red carpet style on lock, and I can’t stop staring. Not only is her skin utterly flawless, but her features are so incredibly symmetrical. No wonder she came closest to the Golden Ratio.
From 2016-2018: Further Enhancements
At the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards
Then, the 19-year-old beauty switched things up with loose hair, tone-on-tone highlights, and a rarely-seen pop of pink on her lips. But I think her features are continuing to evolve beyond just the nose (with its newly flatter bridge and bony-looking tip). Her face doesn’t seem as round anymore, and we’re starting to see more projected cheekbones. Is it from weight loss... or something else?
At the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards
The following year, Bella’s cheeks took on a life of their own. To me, this looks like they were enhanced with filler... a whole lot of filler! (Some folks even suspected she had fat removed at the time, but I think she may have done that procedure more recently.) Then, there’s the matter of her eye area. It looks “pulled,” like the effect that you’d get from a too-tight ponytail... maybe this is the first time she used the face tape!
At the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party
Next, she rocked a bombshell look that was very off-brand for her (although I do quite like the voluminous hairstyle and muted red lipstick). Her cheeks don’t seem as unnatural here, nor does her eye area appear as lifted up. However, her top lip is back to looking plumper than the bottom one.
At the 2018 New York City Premiere of ‘Being Serena’
If you ask me, Bella’s best beauty move is always slicked-back hair, neutral makeup and glowy skin, and that’s exactly what she went with here. If she did have injections in 2017, they appear to have settled—so while her features are vastly different from just a few years prior, there’s nothing that stands out as obviously “fake.” Alas, that wasn’t the case for long....
From 2019-2022: Extreme Makeover
At the 2019 VMAs
Yes, this is still Bella! There’s something a little Melania Trump about this round of changes, no? Although she was only 22 here, the “pulled” look of her eye area is back, and it’s reminiscent of an aggressive, old-school face lift. If this is indeed face tape like she claims, my question is why? Why would anyone tape their skin so they could look like this on purpose?!
At the 2020 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala
In 2020, she made only one red carpet appearance, and her look is almost as surprising as the year before. Along with her feline eyes, her face has become much narrower and more angular, with a new “V” shape to her jawline that wasn’t there in, say, 2015. Is that from taping, too? (How much can tape really do?!) Weight loss may be a factor, but I’m not ruling out injections and/or surgery.
At the 2021 Cannes Premiere of ‘Annette’
Thankfully, the face tape wasn’t so obviously in play upon Bella’s return to the red carpet in 2021. Like I said, this is the type of look that really suits her best—hair tight and scraped back, with soft and beautifully blended makeup. As we’ve witnessed countless times with other celebs, rhinoplasty changes the balance of your features to put more focus on the eyes—and she has really beautiful eyes.
On Instagram in 2022
So far in 2022, we’ve had to rely on Instagram for glimpses of the 25-year-old supermodel from the runways of New York, Milan and Paris. It’s a gruelling job, which may be why she looks less than her best in this photo. (What is going on with her neck?) But take a closer look at her cheeks. There’s now a hollow, sunken look underneath them that is reminding me of Chrissy Teigen... who recently had a buccal fat removal procedure!
Bella Hadid Before and After
Bella in 2010 vs 2019
Often, it can be hard to tell whether a celebrity really tinkered with her face, or if the changes were just from normal aging. Not so with Bella. Comparing these two photos side-by-side, it’s clearly not possible to achieve her new look without help (whether it’s from tape, needles or a knife!).
Even so, she maintains that the rhinoplasty was her one and only procedure. “People think I fully fucked with my face because of one picture of me as a teenager looking puffy. I’m pretty sure you don’t look the same now as you did at 13, right? I have never used filler. Let’s just put an end to that. I have no issue with it, but it’s not for me. Whoever thinks I’ve gotten my eyes lifted or whatever it’s called—it’s face tape! The oldest trick in the book.”
Let’s ask the experts. Besides the confirmed nose job, what else do plastic surgeons think she’s had done?
“The change in her lips, to me, resembles that of injectable filler,” says Dr. Anthony Youn. “Face tape can be quite dramatic for some people for the lower face and the neck, but I haven’t really seen it [in widespread use] for the brows and the eyes.”
“Miss Hadid appears to have had fillers to enhance her cheek structure... and received lip fillers to accentuate her lip volume,” says Dr. Norman Rowe. “Also, it seems like she’s underdone either a surgical brow lift or use of neuromodulators [Botox].”
“Her upper eyelids appear more open and her brow arch has changed. Her face appears more slender, angular and less rounded. It could be the result of filler injections or facial plastic surgery,” says Dr. James Marotta.
And what about the latest suspected procedure—buccal fat removal? “Her jawline is more defined and her cheeks are less full,” says Dr. Matthew Schulman. “This can be achieved with buccal fat pad reduction, or removal of some fat from the cheeks. Her chin is more prominent and may be the result of a chin implant as well.”
If these doctors’ suspicions are correct, this might be the most extensive list of enhancements we’ve ever had in a Before & After!