When the time comes to be photographed for his NYLON spread, Hadid is handed a pair of Vans, which he’s barely able to shoehorn onto his feet, but gamely insists are not too small. “It’s chill,” he says, hobbling around the driveway. A furry Saint Laurent coat is added, which he playfully shows off (“I admire people who can laugh at themselves,” he later explains). The coat is starting to make him sweat under the California sun, but still he doesn’t complain, even though it seems that, unlike the rest of his family, he doesn’t necessarily love being in front of a camera.
Surely, however, he’ll learn, as he has plenty of teachers. David Foster pops out of the house to give him tips on posing. Yolanda pads barefoot around the yard, beaming at her baby and taking pics of each look. Family friend Kendall Jenner soon drops by to pick up Bella for lunch—both are flawless IRL.
“My family is my foundation,” says Hadid. “My sisters are awesome; they probably taught me everything I ever need to know about girls. My mom is very liberal, but also old-fashioned when it comes to manners. She taught me to always be kind and treat others with respect.”
Famous family and friends aside, he is your average teenage guy. He likes old-school hip-hop, the Lakers, playing soccer, and gets excited about “anything from girls, cars, and climbing mountains to really good food.” His five-year plan is to go to college and decide on a profession. After that, he’s not so sure. “Ten years,” he says, “is too hard to imagine.”