Hailey Bieber might be killing it at her career and happily married to a certain Justin Bieber, but that doesn't mean she doesn't suffer the same anxieties as the rest of us. As she opened up about in a recent interview, one of those includes having to work through the impostor syndrome she's felt working in the modeling industry, despite all her success.
Bieber, who graces the October cover of Vogue Australia, sat down with the magazine to discuss not only life with her famous husband but what it's like to be in an industry where your coworkers are Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
"My burn in the modeling industry has been slow, and I’ve had to learn to be okay with that," she shared with the magazine about her career trajectory. "I’m shorter than most of the girls. Even though I’m five foot eight [inches], I’m not a runway girl and I totally used to feel inferior to some of my friends. Look at Kendall [Jenner] and Bells [Bella Hadid] and Gigi [Hadid]…they’re all tall and doing every runway."
According to Bieber, it took her a long time to come to terms with the fact that her career might take a slightly different path than her friends'.
"For a while, there was a part of me that didn’t know if I could have the career I wanted if I couldn’t do runway," she said. "I don’t think that anymore. I had so many people, like casting directors, say, ‘We don’t think she’s a real model.’”
Bieber shared that she felt disappointed about that for a long time—until she realized she could enjoy her own journey too.
"It was disappointing until I found my own lane. I don’t look short in photos. You can make it work and not have to do runway, and I’ve done a good job with that," she shared. "I’m proud of myself for building a more commercial career that worked for me and being confident about it. I’ve hosted a show, I did major American campaigns, and a bunch of other things that I’ve really enjoyed. Sometimes I feel like I’m still finding my lane, but now I know I’m going in the right direction.”
She's still thinking about her next projects too: According to Bieber, she'd love to one day design and own a fashion collection. She'd also like to start a beauty brand if her husband is willing to lend her their last name.
"I couldn’t register it myself, because Justin owns all trademarking for his last name," Bieber said. "Honestly, that was more about being proactive. I’m not sure how I want to dip into that space, and it’s been a conversation between me and my husband."
Originally Appeared on Glamour