An accomplished equestrian, Bella Hadid revealed in January 2016 her plans to compete at the 2016 Olympics. Due to her ongoing battle with lyme disease, Bella had to abandon those plans due to particularly severe symptoms that derailed her from riding. The Hadid family lived on a horse ranch for a decade, and Bella has been riding horses since age three. Her mom Yolanda wrote at the time:
"Bella had to give up her lifelong dream of having a professional riding career and a shot at the Olympics due to her severe symptoms and inability to ride.This was the biggest heartbreak of her life and an extremely sensitive subject for her. She is resilient and focused on a new direction--she's made a name for herself in the modeling industry while she struggles with symptoms of chronic Lyme every day."
Today Yolanda Hadid maintains horses at her Pennsylvania family farm, giving both Hadid sisters plenty of time to enjoy their beloved companions. In these images Paul Cavaco styles Bella in modern equestrian-influenced looks from Fendi’s fall 2019 collection. Photographer Blair Getz Mezibov captures Bella for V Magazine.