Hailey Bieber, née Baldwin opened up about her struggles in the modeling industry. The 22-year-old model revealed that she struggled with insecurities especially when she’s side-by-side her fellow model friends Kendall Jenner and Hadid sisters Gigi and Bella.
The Charles & Keith campaign model graced the cover of Vogue Australia’s October edition. In the cover interview, Baldwin acknowledged that she hasn’t quite skyrocketed in the fashion industry as a model, unlike her supermodel peers. One thing that she struggled the most with was her height which makes her feel she doesn’t suit the runway.
She tells the publication: “I’m shorter than most of the girls. Even though I’m five-foot-eight, I’m not a runway girl and I totally used to feel inferior to some of my friends.”
“Look at Kendall [Jenner] and Bells [Bella Hadid] and Gigi [Hadid]…they’re all tall and doing every runway,” she says of the supermodel trio.
Baldwin then recalled that she doubted if she could ever have a career in the fashion industry without booking runway projects. She recalls casting directors saying she’s not “‘a real model’”
She then admitted that the criticisms were “disappointing” but decided to “find her own lane” out of the runway and in front of the camera.
“I don’t look short in photos,” she said. “I’m proud of myself for building a more commercial career that worked for me and being confident about it.”
While Baldwin couldn’t quite break into high-fashion the way she wanted, she ended up modeling for major American brands including Tommy Hilfiger. She also hosts the popular rap battle show “Drop the Mic” on TBS.