An all-American girl with Palestinian roots, Gigi Hadid is the quintessential Vogue Arabia woman: dynamic, empowered, and unforgettable. Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Brandon Maxwell––who created custom pieces for the cover shoot––this is Hadid as you’ve never seen her before. Read Editor-in-Chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz’s reflections on her first cover girl for the debut edition of Vogue Arabia.
WHO IS THE VOGUE ARABIA WOMAN? Mysterious—you cannot predict where she will be next. Her conversations are laced with depth and dignity, but dotted with effervescence. There’s a universe unfolding in her eyes. Above all, she’s unforgettable. You notice when she’s not around. She walks to be remembered, but it matters not to her if she is seen.
The Vogue Arabia woman speaks in the language of unapologetic style.
She lives a vibrant life, regardless of what tones she chooses to wear each day. Her personality is revealed in degrees of sartorial nuance—be it a decorated veil or a silk suit. Which millennial model could capture the essence of this woman? Gigi Hadid is empowered, accomplished, and unafraid of a changing world. This is not the first time she has been featured on the cover of Vogue, and it won’t be the last. With her, we usher in the dawn of symbolic change, beyond celebrity.
Hadid is the all-American girl, laced with Arab roots via her Palestinian father. She supercharges the Arabian identity with diversity. After all, it’s not where you are, it’s who you are. The rich, evocative land in the Middle East is being revived by the next fashion generation’s future; it has never looked so explorative, promising, or daring to challenge misconceptions.
It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.
As Vogue Arabia seeks to blaze a new trail in the brand’s distinctive and lasting history, there is no better first face to lead the charge than Gigi—a model who defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation. In one poised photograph, she communicates a thousand words to a region that’s been waiting far too long for its Vogue voice to speak. Lean in, listen in, and be heard.
Model: Gigi Hadid. Photography: Inez and Vinoodh. Styled by Brandon Maxwell. Nails: Gina Viviano. Producers: Stephanie Bargas, Eva Harte, Tucker Birbilis. Lighting Director: Jodokus Driessen. Digital Technician: Brian Anderson. Photo Assistant: Joe Hume. Styling Assistant: Sandra Amador. Retouching: Stereohorse.