Hailey Baldwin recounts a terrifying incident with a stalker

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Hailey Baldwin may be part of a group of wildly popular up-and-coming models with reputations for sharing their entire lives on social media, but she wants people to know that that's not the case. In fact, she's adamant about the fact that there are moments that she doesn't "want the whole world to be watching."

Baldwin told us exclusively at the opening of the Magnum store in SoHo on Wednesday that she routinely changes her Snapchat settings from public to private in an effort to keep certain moments between her and her friends.

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And how does she decide, exactly, what to share and what to keep within her circle of friends that includes Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid?

"It depends on my mood," she told us. Natch.

"If we're all out doing something fun, I don't want to be Snapchatting," she explained. "I don't want to live my life through a phone screen, and that is something that I think is so hard for people to understand."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Hailey Baldwin attends 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala Balmain after party at Gilded Lily on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Hailey Baldwin arrives for the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Hailey Baldwin is seen on April 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Model Hailey Baldwin attends the H&M Loves Coachella Pop UP at The Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for H&M)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Hailey Baldwin and Kylie Jenner attend the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party at Sunset Tower Hotel on April 11, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Hailey Baldwin and Kylie Jenner attend the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party at Sunset Tower Hotel on April 11, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Baldwin seen out and about on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 06: Hailey Baldwin attends 'Paris Je T'aime' party - Dolce & Gabbana on March 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Model Hailey Rhode Baldwin is seen on March 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Hailey Rhode Baldwin attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Madison Beer, Hailey Baldwin and actress Ariel Winter attend a DJ night hosted by Vanity Fair, L'Oreal Paris, & Hailee Steinfeld at Palihouse Holloway on February 26, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Hailey Baldwin is seen at LAX on February 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Stella Maxwell, Tommy Hilfiger, and Hailey Baldwin pose backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger Women's Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Park Avenue Armory on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Models Hailey Baldwin (L) and Gigi Hadid pose backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger Women's Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Park Avenue Armory on February 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Models Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin are seen in Soho February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Model Hailey Rhode Baldwin attends the 2016 amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Hailey Baldwin is seen on January 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Hailey Baldwin in West Hollywood, Ca on January 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Hailey Baldwin seen leaving M Cafe on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by MPI99/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Hailey Baldwin is seen leaving 'Nice Guy' nightclub on January 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin are seen on January 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Hailey Baldwin is seen on November 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Hailey Baldwin seen out in Soho with a friend on November 18, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Hailey Baldwin arrives to the 7th Annual 'Night Of Generosity' Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 6, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 25: Hailey Baldwin presents on stage during the MTV EMA's 2015 at the Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Hailey Baldwin poses on the red carpet of the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) at Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015 in Milan. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 24 : Hailey Baldwin sighted in Milan, Italy on October 24, 2015. (Photo by Robino Salvatore/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Model Hailey Baldwin is seen during a photoshoot on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Hailey Baldwin is seen on October 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by David Krieger/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are seen on October 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
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One recent moment that didn't make it onto the 19-year-old's Snapchat story was a scary encounter with a stranger in her own apartment building.

"Someone followed me home, got into the elevator with me [and] tried to get off with me at my floor," Baldwin recounted to us about the terrifying close call. "I was catching on to [the situation] and was really aware of it. I tried to tell him to get off of the elevator first, but he wouldn't get out. He told me he was 'dating' somebody in the building, but it was weird, and he didn't know where the apartment was. So I was like, 'Clearly you're not dating somebody in the building...'"

Though she said that it all ended up being "okay," the daughter of Stephen and Kennya Baldwin revealed that she's moving out of the building as a result of the incident. These invasions of her privacy are relatively new occurrences for the rising star, who called her upbringing "normal" despite her famous family, but she insisted that any changes to her lifestyle would just be giving strangers what they want.

"The key is not to adjust your lifestyle," Baldwin said of altering to her increasing fame. "If you adjust your lifestyle for other people and attention and fame, then [your life] won't be normal. I grew up very normally for my family, regardless of the circumstances, and I don't want to lose that."

Normalcy may prove to be difficult for Baldwin in the future, though. Having just signed to IMG in March, she's poised to continue her takeover of the fashion world. Citing Versace and Saint Laurent as dream partnerships, Baldwin recently checked off the ultimate bucket list item for anyone in the fashion world: She worked with Karl Lagerfeld, which she called "a dream come true, for real."

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