Bella Hadid: ‘I’m Proud To Be A Muslim’

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It’s not often that the super models of the millennial age dare to get too political. We’re grateful, therefore, that Bella Hadid has taken a stand against the prejudice of Donald Trump’s administration by declaring that she’s “proud” to be the offspring of a Muslim refugee.

Hadid, 20, and her model siblings Gigi and Anwar, are the children of millionaire estate tycoon Mohamed Hadid, who is Palestinian, and Dutch model Yolanda Foster.

Mohamed, who is estimated to be worth around $200million, was born in Nazareth. He went on to live in Syria and Lebanon before travelling to the US as a refugee when he was 14.

Speaking to Porter magazine, Bella said: “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim.”

She also spoke about the ‘No Ban No Wall’ march she and her siblings joined in New York in January.

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“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me,” she added when asked about the time she protested with a sign that read, “We Are All Humans”.

Speaking to Elle in the past, Bella said that coming from a “diverse background” has encouraged her to be respectful and tolerant of difference in others.

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“We shouldn’t treat people as if they don’t deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It’s just not right. And that message – to be compassionate whenever possible – that’s so important to me.”

Sister Gigi Hadid made history as the first model to be on the front cover of Vogue Arabia.

“I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogues is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures,” Gigi wrote of her role.

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“I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to… & learn and grow in doing so.”

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