Bella Hadid Paired a Peekaboo Thong With a Purple Pony

Her latest magazine cover is a real-life fantasy.

Even though she was in diapers the first time that visible thongs ruled the fashion world thanks to low-rise pants and '00s icons Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan, Bella Hadid is continuing her quest to embrace aughts nostalgia.

On the new cover of Pop, Hadid wears a leather bralette paired with a matching skirt, riding boots, and black tights while she's riding a fantastical purple horse. Her lavender peekaboo thong almost matches the mythical creature exactly in the photos, which were shot by superstar photographer Carlijn Jacobs.

In a second cover, Hadid wears a high-cut, black off-the-shoulder bodysuit and has her hair pulled back in the same low bun as the first image.

The surprise glimpse of underwear is just the latest way Hadid's embracing throwback fashion. In the past few months, she's worn Avril Lavigne-inspired skater looks, pulled on Ed Hardy staples, and platform slides straight out of a Delia's catalog. It's not to say she's only sticking to old-school styles, however. She's also wearing very of-the-moment cutout unitards and wet-look, sheer dresses.

And Hadid hasn't been shy about her love of horseback riding, either, making her Pop cover a sweet throwback in a totally different way. Back in 2017, she told Teen Vogue that she dreamed of competing in equestrian events at the Olympics with her horse Lego, but she had to shelve sporting glory because of her Lyme disease. She compared having to give up her horse to a traumatic breakup, saying that they had a connection that any jumper would understand, but anyone unfamiliar with the sport could understandably see as a little strange.

"I rotated between a few horses that could jump higher or whatever. But Lego was my main, my ride or die," she said. "When I had to sell him, it was like a breakup! I was really traumatized. You can ask any equestrian: You develop a crazy, emotional connection with this animal. When you're riding a horse, they have full control over you, and they can literally kill you in a second, so you build a trust with them."

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