Bella Hadid Reveals Plans to Compete in the 2016 Olympics

From the runway to the Olympic games.

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Bella Hadid has certainly cemented her status as a model to watch this year. Since making her runway debut for Tom Ford last February, the younger Hadid has landed a Balmain campaign, a Victoria's Secret contract, a sultry V Magazine cover shoot with sister Gigi and a spot on top runways from New York to Milan. It turns out, however, that dominating the fashion world isn't all Hadid has in store. In a new interview with Porter Magazine the 18-year-old revealed her plan to compete in the 2016 Olympics. Yes, really. 

Hadid, who has been riding horses since the age of three, hopes to compete in the equestrian events at the 2016 Olympics, which will take place in Rio. The model told Porter Magazine, "You know how every model is like, 'I do yoga.' Well, I find horses have the same effect. You have to put your ego aside and concentrate on making the horse do the things you want it to do, and move in the way you want it to move."  

A passion for horseback riding runs in the model-filled family, with both sister Gigi and mom Yolanda Foster also taking part in the sport. Hadid is listed as both a model and an equestrian on her personal website,, which highlights her athletic accomplishments along with her modeling work. While we've seen a lot of models pursue other careers and side gigs, one thing is for sure: this is the first time we've seen a model go from the runway to the Olympics—and we're sure it won't disappoint. 

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