Refreshing & Relatable: Hailey Baldwin Confesses 'It Took Me Years To Feel Comfortable' In Her Own Skin

Apr. 29 2021, Updated 9:49 a.m. ET

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To some, Hailey Baldwin seems to have the perfect life — but the model confessed that she has "insecurities" and struggles just like every other young woman out there.

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The 24-year-old star, who covers Harper's BAZAAR May issue, explained that even though she's been modeling since she was 17, she didn't feel confident in herself for a long time.

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"It took me years to feel comfortable as a model," she admitted. "Now I’m a lot more adventurous and I try different things. You realize if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work!"

"For example, sometimes when I’m doing something really stupid, I get the coolest image. If I’m doing a really awkward body shape, it turns out great," she noted. "Don’t be afraid to explore. This applies to so many different things."

Bieber revealed that social media played a huge part in her self-doubt, as she often "compared" her looks to other women and felt "like I need to have this type of body in order to feel good about myself."

"It can be such a dark hole that you go down, and it happens so quickly and easily," she explained. "With social media, you click on one thing, and you see another, and then you’re in this weird rabbit hole, and you’re putting yourself down."

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Her relationship with Instagram began to take a real toll on her mental health, which is why she's since restricted her access to the app.

"I’m still figuring out who I am as a woman. Who I am in my career. Who I am as a wife. There’s so much going on, I had to give myself a break from looking at myself and other people," she confessed.

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"I had to start doing this thing where I don’t go on Instagram Monday through Friday. If something needs to be posted, I have somebody who I work with who runs it for me. I had to remove myself," the blonde beauty shared. "Everyone has insecurities. Just because people tell [me I’m] beautiful? That’s not how I see it, and that’s not how I feel all the time."

"It’s a continuous journey to love yourself. It doesn’t ever stop," she stated. "I hope I’m on it even when I’m old and saggy. I hope I love myself then."

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