ELLE is having a major model moment. For May, it presents its own version of a swimsuit issue, and to front each of the six covers, the glossy tapped Bella Hadid, Jasmine Tookes, Candice Huffine, Elsa Hosk, and Hailey Baldwin. Each mod gets her own cover story and fashion spread, styled by Samira Nasr and shot by Terry Tsiolis. From their role models to life goals and lessons and more, each beauty gives an intimate glimpse inside their day-to-day life. Get more dish when the issue hits newsstands on April 18.
On her role models: “I was watching an Alaïa show from the ’90s, and it’s Naomi [Campbell], Cindy [Crawford], Linda [Evangelista]—the way they were radiating was beautiful. They were so confident. Those are the people I look up to.”
On her passion project: “My goal has always been to create my own beauty line. I have such a unique skin tone— when I go on set, makeup artists have to use all different mixes of makeup to match my skin. I’d love to do a line that has tones for everybody.”
On finding your voice: “Women have to come together in a way we haven’t before. We’re united and not standing for less than we deserve. It’s about celebrating who we are and not backing down. It’s not a time to be quiet.”
On learning from failure: “When I came to New York [at] 20, I didn’t know the level of professionalism required. You can’t half-ass it, because people will take your place. I screwed up many times and had to prove myself over seven years.”
On the power of representation: “The fashion industry is here for everyone, [regardless] of color or race. When I was growing up, I never saw someone like me, and now the other girls can see someone like them. It’s all about inspiration.”
On industry misconceptions: “People think it’s all fun and glamorous, but it’s a lot of work, a lack of sleep, and a lot of being by yourself, away from family. Traveling the world alone when you’re 18 or 19 is a lot.”