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Yolanda Hadid gets candid about daughter Bella Hadid’s anxiety struggles

We're all human

At just 21 Bella Hadid has had a pretty incredible career: she's one of the most in-demand models in the world, booking huge campaigns with Dior and Bulgari, and has an Instagram following of roughly 16.5 million people. But all that hasn't meant she's escaped mental health issues that the rest of us, supermodels and non-supermodels alike, commonly face.

While chatting about her new project, Making a Model, Bella's mum Yolanda Hadid opened up about her daughter's battle with anxiety.

"Bella suffers from anxiety. She goes through times where … she doesn't like her body because she gained five pounds, or [she's] too skinny. All this stuff that kids go through," Yolanda, 53, told Us Weekly. "We're all in the same game, and we all deal with that stuff. Even girls that are not models go through that. So, I think it's really a great reality check to see that we're all human and we're all trying to do our best. All that matters is that you really try to be the best version of yourself."

Bella and Gigi Hadid, 22 both cameo on their mum's new reality series, acting as mentors to some of the contestants. "Gigi was on a photo shoot with them [for] her collection with Tommy Hilfiger. So, she was kind of guiding the girls on set, teaching them that it's not really all about posing. It's about bringing out the core of who you are," Yolanda told Us. "Being able to express that through your eyes, into the camera, so when somebody picks up a photo, it speaks to you."

Bella Hadid, Yolanda Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend '2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'
Bella Hadid, Yolanda Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend '2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'

Bella used her time on the show to reflect on her mental heath and pass on some of the things she's found help her. "Bella really dealt with some of the girls that were really insecure and were blocking themselves to take great pictures because they were so insecure," the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills said. "Bella was trying to say, 'You know, I feel insecure too, but I've learned to push through it and just go for it.'"

In the past, older sister Gigi has said having her sister doing the same job eases some of the pressure off their high-profile careers. "It's amazing to have family in such close proximity in this industry," the The Telegraph last year. "I can look across the room through all the craziness and have that sense of home, but I also realise that it's not normal. I feel very lucky. I'm very protective, but I try to play it cool. I try not to be on top of her because I know that I learnt a lot of the best things in the first couple of years on my own."