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Gigi Hadid Criticized for Only Speaking About Her Heritage When It Benefits Her

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The first-ever issue of Vogue Arabia is here, and guess who’s on the cover… Alright, we’ll just tell you — it’s Gigi Hadid. The 21-year-old supermodel, whose bucket list included being on a Vogue cover, on Food Network and on The Ellen Show, has now been the featured star on Vogue over 20(!) times. “I just thought that one Vogue cover was cool and so I never even imagined what it would be like to have 20 or even looked up what the record for that is,” Gigi told Ellen DeGeneres. (FYI, the current record is 26, held by Lauren Hutton.)

Anyway, here’s Gigi’s Vogue Arabia cover, posted on her Instagram page:

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The caption: “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. Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and 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. ❤ Thank you @deenathe1st for your vision and for having me on this cover… by the incredible @inezandvinoodh – so much love.”

While it makes perfect sense to some that the half-Palestinian model be featured on an Arabic magazine, there are many who believe that Gigi only speaks about that part of her heritage when it’s beneficial to her, and not to benefit Palestinian people:

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Gigi’s talked about her mixed background on more than one occasion, calling herself “pretty exotic” one time, and referencing her shared “half Middle Eastern” background with boyfriend Zayn Malik (which was, actually, a mistake on her part, because he’s South Asian, not Middle Eastern).

Do you think it’s Gigi’s duty to stand up for the people of Palestine?
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