Why Hailey Baldwin, Justin Bieber’s Wife, Became a Model Instead of a Dancer

A top model and fashion influencer, Hailey Baldwin became instantly more popular when she was linked to singing sensation Justin Bieber. Ultimately, the two got married and now rule social media as the ultimate young power couple.

Still, there’s more to Hailey Baldwin than meets the eye – the talented young woman is from a famous acting family and initially, had a much different career path. Read on to learn more about Baldwin’s early years, and how the model became so popular.

Who is Hailey Baldwin’s father?

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Hailey Baldwin was born in 1996, the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Brazilian designer Kennya Deodato Baldwin. The Baldwin family is Hollywood royalty, and includes brothers Alec, Stephen, William, and Daniel Baldwin.

Stephen Baldwin is the youngest of the crew and became well-known for movies like The Usual Suspects and Born On the Fourth of July. He has also had a thriving career on reality television, with many viewers knowing him best for his appearances on shows like Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Apprentice

When she was born, Hailey Baldwin, along with her sister Alaia, was surrounded by the best and brightest in the entertainment industry, so it’s only natural that she would want to pursue a similar career. Still, Hailey Baldwin didn’t actually turn to acting as her first career option. 

What did Hailey Baldwin originally want to do?

At a very young age, Hailey Baldwin started working, posing for various modeling agencies. However, her heart was in another industry entirely – and young Baldwin was convinced that she wanted to become a professional ballet dancer. She took ballet classes every summer until, tragically, she injured her foot and was unable to continue practicing ballet. 

Fortunately, Baldwin didn’t stay idle for long, and many fashion houses were knocking at her door. She clearly had a natural talent for modeling and furthered her career by working with such iconic fashion companies as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Moschino, Guess, and Dolce & Gabbana.

She has become one of the hottest young models in the industry and hangs out with other top models like Kendall Jenner. Baldwin has been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards over the years, including “Choice Model” in 2017 and “Choice Female Hottie” in 2016.

Baldwin has dipped her toe in the acting pool over the years as well. In 2009, she appeared with her uncle, Alec Baldwin, in an episode of Saturday Night Live, and has appeared in several music videos as well. She is gaining recognition as a TV hosting personality, and hosts the TBS show Drop the Mic, alongside Method Man. 

What’s next for Hailey Baldwin?

Clearly, Baldwin is equally known for her high-profile marriage to Justin Bieber as for her modeling work. In late 2018, the two confirmed their marriage, following months of speculation and an on and off relationship that has lasted since 2015. Although the two went into their marriage shrouded in a veil of secrecy, recently, the young couple has been letting their love shine on social media.

On July 7, Baldwin took to Instagram to declare her love for Bieber, gushing that life “gets more beautiful” every day because of her husband. She also toasted him, saying, “here’s to learning and growing together.” Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber have certainly had their detractors, but it certainly seems as though they are committed to each other and in it for the long haul.

As for her professional life, things are looking nowhere but up for Baldwin. A lifelong beauty junkie, she is reportedly in talks to develop her own makeup line. She is also hard at work modeling, and of course, hosting Drop the Mic on TBS. In a world of spoiled celebrity children, it is refreshing to see one that works so hard for what she wants!