Bella Hadid credits Rihanna for the confidence she now has when modelling lingerie

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Rihanna and Bella Hadid backstage at the 2018 Savage x Fenty show
Rihanna and Bella Hadid backstage at the 2018 Savage x Fenty show

Bella Hadid is a regular participant in the annual Victoria's Secret fashion show but admits she lacked real confidence until Rihanna allowed her to walk anyway she wanted during her inaugural Savage x Fenty presentation last year. 

Bella, who thinks Riri is amazing, reveals that it was the relaxed nature of the of the presentation which enabled her to embrace another onstage persona as she modelled the pieces.

READ MORE: Rihanna says all women deserve to feel beautiful – and a sneak peak to her Savage X Fenty fashion show

In September 2018, Rihanna unleashed her second season of Savage x Fenty at New York Fashion Week. Her exotic world of bralettes, undies and pyjamas were shown off in 50 different looks, modelled by women of all shapes and sizes including Bella Hadid and her sister Gigi Hadid.

"My mission is just to have women all over the world feel comfortable and sexy and have fun with lingerie. And I think tonight was just one of those experiences that I wanted people to feel that energy. I wanted them to feel all the different body types, all the different women in different stages of their womanhood," says Rihanna.

READ MORE: Rihanna to donate proceeds from every pink Savage x Fenty style purchased to Clara Lionel Foundation for breast cancer

"You know when you hear the word savage it's pretty self explanatory. It's a confident word, it's a word that is fearless and I feel like the women here tonight represent that word - savage - and I feel every woman has a savage inside of them. Whether they found it or not, it's there," she adds.

SOURCES: Cover Media, PA Media.

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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