Bella Hadid apologizes after fans say she disrespected Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Bella Hadid is issuing an apology after fans accused her of disrespecting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on her Instagram.
The 22-year-old supermodel faced backlash over the weekend for posting an Instagram Story of the sole of her foot facing three planes, including a Saudi plane and a UAE plane that featured each country’s flag. The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist followed.
“Shame on you,” user @farooi tweeted, along with many critics who threatened to boycott brands that Hadid endorses, including Dior and Versace.
User @Marmar_Q added: “Bella Hadid is out there posting a picture of her shoe towards the Emirati and Saudi flags because she read somewhere that they are behind Sudan’s unrest. Just wondering when she’ll be posting a similar picture with Israel’s flag? Or is Palestine less important than Sudan?”
Hadid issued an apology in English and Arabic on her Twitter account Monday, promising that her controversial post had “NOTHING to do with politics.”
“I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth. I would never mean to disrespect these airlines, let alone these amazing countries,” she wrote. “I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”
Bella Hadid issued an apology in both English and Arabic Monday after social media users took issue with a photo she posted to Instagram over the weekend. (Photo: Daniele Venturelli, WireImage)
Hadid continued: “I would never want my post or platform to be used for hate against anything, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage. I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my father, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world.”
The supermodel vowed to be “more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community,” adding that she will continue to spread love “the way I was taught by my Teta and my father.”
Hadid’s father, Mohamed Hadid, is Palestinian.
In another tweet, Hadid said: “This was an honest mistake on an early morning… never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry.”
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