When we met Bella Hadid last week, she had flown in from a whirlwind weekend in Dubai, and was flying off to Tokyo in 24 hours. A Tag Heuer party planned in her honour was 3 hours away, yet here she was, smiling, chipper and fresh as a daisy. Scores of fans congregated outside the Swiss watchmaker’s boutique in The Gardens Mall, hoping to catch another glimpse of the model, dressed in an all-silver ensemble and snake motif gogo boots. It was her first visit in Malaysia, and we had 5 precious minutes to catch up to her. Within that timespan, we discovered there’s more to Bella than meets the eye, that no amount of social media impressions can capture.

1. What are the fun privileges you enjoy most as the face of Tag Heuer?

“It’s probably travelling to great place like Kuala Lumpur. We went to the F1 Grand Prix race awhile ago in Monaco, and it was a great experience to be with the entire Tag Heuer team. To meet everybody, to really get to know the brand and the watches. I might be able to go to Switzerland to see how they’re made and that’s a big learning experience. With modelling, you go in and out of shoots, you see your pictures, and that’s it. With Tag Heuer I get to learn and experience things and it’s such a blessing to be able do so.”

2. What are the characteristics you share with the brand, as an individual?

“As a woman – I don’t know if you would say this about me – when I feel strong I feel like a part of Tag Heuer. I don’t feel strong all the time, but for sure, that’s our similarity. To me, Tag Heuer is super classic and I hope to be like that in the future. Tag Heuer has been around a long time, so I hope I will stay classic too.”

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3. Let’s talk routines: are you more of a morning or night person?

“I’m a big, big night person. I just don’t like to wake up in the morning but once I’m up, I can go and I think a lot. I don’t like to go out as much as before; I like to be at home in bed at night.”

4. Your life is super busy. What do you wish you had more time for?

“More time for my friends and family. I try to give them as much time as I can when I’m home. Usually when I’m home, my girlfriends meet me at my house or come to the airport because when I’m home it’s to repack then leave. I have to make as much time as I can for my sister and best friends, make sure I see my mum and brother to remind them I love them, because when I’m gone, it’s for awhile.”

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5. Can you share a favourite memory?

"This is my favourite memory! Probably just riding my horses when I was younger. Now we have a farm so we have our horses there. I’m just excited about continuing to make memories."

6. Lastly, what advice would you give your 16-year-old self?

"It’s going to get better. Stay confident in who you are, don’t let people tell you what you are supposed to be and just to remember, to come back to your roots constantly and be yourself."

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