When not walking on the runway, she supports social justice matters both virtually and on the streets.


Bella Hadid, a Palestinian-Dutch supermodel, has been outspoken about social justice issues over the year. Recently, she resorted to Instagram once again to address Islamophobia and prejudice against Muslim women.

Displaying photos of women wearing hijabs, Hadid utilized her presence to highlight the most recent horrifying hate crime, in which a Muslim teen named Hoda had her hijab ripped off and was physically and verbally assaulted by a gang of young men on February 9.

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“It makes me angry and sick to my stomach,” Hadid stated in the caption.

Sharing her two cents on hijab ban
She issued her comment just a few days after the attack on Hoda Al-Jamaa, a 17-year-old high-school student from New Zealand, in an attempt to spread more compassion and acceptance.

Al-Jamaa was assaulted by her peers while her headscarf was pulled off. Hadid then dedicated an entire post to the incident, claiming that it made her "angry" and "sick," emphasizing the urgent need to alter the approach of instant judgment at all costs.

“We need to change this mindset of immediate judgment. Teach our friends, children, parents, families that wearing a hijab, being Muslim, or being anything other than white in general, does not equal being a threat or different than anyone else.”

Commenting on her own industry, Hadid stated that the emergence of Muslim-led fashion houses and hijab-wearing models in mainstream runway events has still yet to convert into fair and equal treatment for Muslim women in the U.S. and European fashion industries.

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“If we are seeing more and more appreciation of hijabs and covers in fashion, we have to also acknowledge the cycle of abuse that Muslim women of all different ethnicities in fashion get met with on a regular basis within fashion houses”, she explained.

Spreading social justice awareness, on and off social media
Hadid actively uses her social media to show her support for social justice movements such as Palestinian Liberation and Black Lives Matter.

Last year, the 25-year-old model also spoke out against the escalating conflict in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Although only addressing virtually, Hadid's latest activism has been commended by fans and followers from all around the world for bringing such a serious issue to light.

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While addressing her resistance to the immigration policy by former U.S. President Donald Trump, Hadid has stated that she is "proud to be a Muslim," reflecting on her father's journey as a refugee, practicing Islam, and then becoming a prominent US businessman.

“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 revealed in an interview with Porter magazine. “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim.”

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