Bella Harris The Future Face of Fashion
You may have seen Bella Harris‘ face before, wether it’s from the fashion scene, scrolling the gram, or . those juicy rumors allegedly linking her and rapper Drake to be an item.
But, Bella isn’t just a textbook beauty. I mean, sure, she is a LA darling, and drop dead gorgeous glamazon — but the modern day it girl partakes in fashion, school, and is now pushing her modeling career full throttle. But she isn’t stopping there.
Bella admits that she’s been working on going to school to learn the business side of fashion, and eventually have her very own fashion label. Her style inspiration, is eclectic, and definitely runs in the family.
In short: Bella is the living proof that women can have it all. We asked Bella all about her biggest Sheroes, what’s coming next in her career, and to once and for all clear up those pesky rumors about Drake.
Check out the exclusive interview and pics below!
What has been your highlights from modeling this year and where do you see your self in the future ?
I just shot a feature for Maxim magazine which was very different for me. It was really artsy and sexy at the same time. I feel like between that feature and this beautiful new Galore cover story, this is the start of a new chapter for me. I’m leaving my teenage years behind and embracing a more liberating, artistic and sexy side of myself.
Growing up in the limelight of LA, what has your dad music producer Jimmy Jam Harris taught you that you try to live by?
My dad taught me to be kind everyone. When I arrive on a set, there are so many people that are working hard, trying to make each project the best it can be. My dad instilled in me to introduce myself to everyone and then thank them after. The industry is such a small world, kindness & respect are everything.
Being a both black and Latina what are your thoughts on the current political climate? I try to keep up with whats going on in politics. The news is always on in our house.
I get very passionate about injustices of any kind and the rise of prejudice and racism over the past few years is very real. Everyday there is a new video on the internet of someone like “BBQ Becky” or “Permit Patty” calling the police on a black person because they are in their building, in a store or at a park. I feel like the current political/ racial climate is empowering certain people to act that way more often. Maybe it’s power, maybe it’s fear, maybe its ignorance.
As a Latina, I feel what’s going on with immigration at the Mexican border is disgusting and so inhumane. All of it just baffles me. How is it ok to separate a child from their parent? Some children will never be able to find their parents and some parents will never be able to find their children. Its just so heartbreaking.
There are DACA kids, Dreamers, who are now educated adults and are contributing to our society and economy. These dreamers are in jeopardy of being deported back to a country that is anything but familiar to them. Most of these kids, who are now adults don’t know another home other than the US.
I feel that there is no compassion from this administration when it comes to brown immigration. We are living in such a sad, cruel and scary time.
What are you studying at FIDM , and what are your plans for the future once you graduate?
At FIDM I am studying Apparel Industry Management. We learn the business side of the fashion industry as well as how to do the more hands on things such as pattern making, sketching and sewing. I wanted to learn everything it takes from start to finish on having my own company/brand and this whole process has been very fun and insightful. I was first interested in FIDM because I have been offered a few fashion collaboration opportunities and now I feel like I am ready to do a capsule collection for a major brand. Eventually I want my own fashion brand.
Have you always had a passion for fashion? Yes, I have always had a passion for fashion. My mom and my grandmother always dressed so nice and have such good style. I learned so much from them just from watching what they wore, to how they did their make up. One thing I’ve always appreciated is that my mom lets me wear anything from her closet. I was able to dress up and play with fashion and her designer clothing which helped me develop my own style and what I love to wear. My mom still to this day helps me get my looks together. She has been know to be the wardrobe stylist on many of my photoshoots.
What do you look for in boyfriend, and are you single we keep hearing rumors that you and in my feelings rapper Drake are an item?
Yes, I am single.
I hope to find someone loyal & respectful. Someone with a taste for adventure and a sense of humor. I like when a guy has that I-know-who-I-am confidence, intellect and ambition. Drake and I are friends.
Who are your SHEROES? Selena Gomez is definitely one of my sheroes. She just produced an eye opening Netflix documentary, called ‘Living Undocumented’ that shows the fates of undocumented families as the polices of the US are transformed. This documentary truly shows the reality of what these families are having to go through and will hopefully move people and the administration to be more compassionate to these families that are living a nightmare.
Kim Kardashian is another one of my sheroes. She took all the fame she has acquired and made her way to the white house to talk about prison reform with the President of the United States. She has succeeded in getting multiple people out of jail who were serving life sentences, without the possibility for parol, for something minor. She took time to study the Law so she could really understand how to help the helpless. I also admire her for her beauty brand. She and Kylie Jenner are both leading forces in the beauty industry and have built huge empires. They are geniuses at marketing, they are trailblazers in beauty, they know their customer and offer them exactly what they need.
You were front row from Paris Fashion Week to NYFW, were there any designers collection that you loved this season?
I absolutely loved Mugler’s collection this year. It was very sexy yet still sophisticated and elegant. It gave me badass boss woman vibes. Their runway show was also very inclusive and featured models of various ethnicities, shapes and trans models which was dope.
Dior’s collection also really stood out to me. Along with the stunning clothes, the set was entirely recyclable and free of plastics. They also used trees that they later planted around Paris. They created an “inclusive garden” of co-existence that was an ode to diversity. I love how they incorporated the “inclusive garden” theme into their collection.
Your mom is such a style icon we even heard you are wearing some of her vintage in this shoot what inspires you most about her?
My mom has always had great, effortless style. She has a closet full of amazing classic pieces that have stood the test of time. I even wore two of her Vivian Westwood corsets in this Galore shoot that she has had since the 90’s. They were perfect for the retro theme of the shoot.
Everything about my mom inspires me, her power, confidence and intelligence. She isn’t afraid or intimidated by anyone. If she believes in something or wants something she stands her ground until it gets done. She has played a huge role in my career and she has helped me every step of the way. She is at all of my meetings guiding me through every opportunity that has comes my way. I 100% could not have done any of this without her.
What is it like having a twin? Being a twin is truly amazing. The older I get, the more grateful I am for having a twin. Growing up it was cool because I always had someone to experience new things with. In high school, my twin Max and I had the same friend group, so we would always go to parties together and always looked out for each other. He and I have always thought the same, you could say that we’re on the same wave length. I have definitely learned a lot from Max. He is very informed on the current political climate and the world in general and he is passionate and educated on his causes and beliefs.
Whats your beauty vibe in three words? ALWAYS BE GLAM!
What is your daily skin regimen?First I always cleanse my face with micellar water and then I’ll wash my face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Next I use Dior’s “Capture Youth Intense Rescue” serum, it smells so so good and lastly I’ll use a moisturizer after that. My favorite moisturizer at the moment is Youth to the People’s “Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream.” It always leaves my skin feeling so moisturized throughout the day and it is also the perfect base to my makeup.
What is one beauty product you don’t leave home without ? I never leave home without my Kopari Lipgloss.
You have such luxurious curls what products do you swear by for them?I really love Cantu hair products. I always use their Coconut Curling Cream, Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and the Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream. Their products really leave my hair with a perfect curl without it being crunchy or stiff.
What fragrance do you love right now? I always go back and forth between fragrances. It really just depends on my mood, but I usually either wear a fragrance called Doson from Diptique or I mix Vanille Banane and Vanille Coco from Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
What beauty advice would you give your 15 year old self? I would tell my 15 year old self to stop wearing crazy long eyelashes to high school everyday!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I see myself as a successful Boss bitch! A psychic told me I would be married in 3 years. We shall see.
Photography and Creative Direction: Prince + Jacob
Stylist: Barbara Corleto
Make Up: Anthony Merante
Hair: Johnny Stuntz
Location: Cherry Soda Studios