Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner Both Win Model of the Year 2016

Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner Both Win Model of the Year 2016
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I think we can all agree that two of the most popular models of 2016 have been Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner. These young models have taken the modeling world by storm, and absolutely slayed all year long. They shared the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2016 in Paris just over a month ago, and it was almost too much to handle. As such, it comes as no surprise that the two were big winners when it came to the Model of the Year Industry Awards.

We know what you’re thinking—didn’t you hear the Gigi Hadid was named model of the year not that long ago? Older sister Gigi won the International Model of the Year Award; the award is a little different. According to the website, “The Model of the Year (MOTY) Industry Awards are the voice of over 250 voters representing a wide range of the industry’s top professionals, including many of the industry’s top stylists, designers, photographers, editors, hair and makeup artists and casting directors, and a wide range of the next generation of the industry’s emerging creative talents.”

Twenty-year-old Bella Hadid took the Industry’s Vote Crown for Model of the Year, while 21-year-old Kendall Jenner was Reader’s Choice Model of the Year. After all the work they put in this past year, these Victoria’s Secret Angels definitely deserve some recognition!

Bella Hadid Wins Model of the Year 2016

Upon receiving the news that she’d been honored with this award, Bella Hadid took to Instagram to announce the good news to her followers, give thanks to those who voted for her, and also to congratulate Jenner on her win. She captioned her post “What a crazy way to end the year ❤❤This is such a huge honor !!! Industry’s vote!!! Thank you SO much to everyone in the industry that voted, everyone I’ve worked with and @modelsdot for all of the love and support … this really means so much to me ?? And congrats Kenny I love you ❤.”

Clearly feeling grateful for her career post-award, Hadid shared an Instagram video of her strutting down multiple runways, with a heartfelt caption expressing her gratitude:

Bella Hadid: Top Rising Model for the Year 2016

Barely out of her teenage years, Bella Hadid was known as one of the most promising and up and coming models of the year. Walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for the first time, announcing a brand ambassadorship with Dior Makeup, and debuting her first clothing collection with Chrome Hearts are among this young model’s accomplishments for this year alone. Striving to live up to the standard sister Gigi Hadid has set, we think Bella is going to give her a run for her money! These beauties deliver such different aesthetics, it’s hard to compare them—all we know is, the Hadid sisters are on fire, and this is just the beginning for them!



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