Gigi Hadid has made history by gracing the cover of the first ever Vogue Arabia’s print issue. Not only is the cover breathtaking, but it’s also linked to the super-model’s background – her father is a Palestinian-American. After the debut, the 23-year-old shared her thoughts on being the first model to appear on the cover- she said via Instagram, “Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia.” In addition, she wrote “I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people and customs.”
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, exclaimed “the collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history and there’s no better first ‘face’ to lead the charge for Vogue Arabia than Gigi — a model who defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation.”
Although, this can be seen as a positive and progression in the fashion industry, there were those who said that the model didn’t publicize her Palestinian heritage enough. Others thought that the hijab was only used as a fashion statement, and did not pay respect to the millions of women ridiculed for wearing one.
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