Bella HadidLooking back on the painful parts of her past.

The most recent episode of the VS Voicespodcast. The runway model, aged 25, opened up to us about the abuse she experienced from people in her past. Hadid described the impact of her childhood on her adult relationships, before recalling specific incidents.

Hadid explained that “I felt as though my voice was not heard in childhood.” “I grew up around men—whether that was in relationships or family or whatever that was—where I was constantly told that my voice was less important than their voice.”

She continued, “Then I moved into relationships as a teenager, and not being able stand up for myself or have my voice heard, affected my adult relationships extremely intensely, wherein my nervous system crashed.” It was a fight or flight situation. I could cry out, become quiet and go inside or lash out and flee.