She formed a fragile friendship with Celeste Newsome, although they also antagonized each other, both searching for ways to win Prince Maxon's attention and outshine the other candidates. As America Singer noted, they had "singled each other out right away as the other’s strongest competition". However, she was not as cunning and scheming as Celeste. Her picture was chosen for the magazine (along with Marlee and Talullah). Because of that, Celeste never talked to her again.
Bariel had hair "straight as a bone and so pale blond it looked white." Her hair was long and reached her waist, but her most noticeable feature was that she had big breasts. America also said that Bariel was "beautiful, but in a typical way."