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Bella Hadid Issues Apology to UAE and Saudi

Bella Hadid photographed by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue Arabia

Bella Hadid has issued an apology on social media for photographing her heeled boot in the direction of UAE and Saudi planes at an airport. She states that she didn’t even realize there were planes in the image.

Hadid explains that the mistake is innocent. The daughter of Palestinian Mohamed Hadid writes, “I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone,” in an instastory to her almost 25 million followers. “Especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage. I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my family,” pens the Vogue Arabia cover star, adding, “As well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world.

The image of the foot caused a viral storm, #BellaHadidIsRacist lit up social media with people assuming that she was blaming the UAE and Saudi countries for the ongoing crisis in Sudan. The crisis has been largely followed by celebrities and fashion industry VIPs highlighting the cause on their personal accounts; a blue profile picture showcasing solidarity. The now deleted instastory shoe post came after this now deleted The New York Times instastory post below.

“The photo of my shoe on my story yesterday had nothing to do with politics. I promise. I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth.” Hadid ends the post with vowing to “be more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community,” before repeating the apology in Arabic. Dior has since removed images of Dior ambassador Hadid from its Instagram; followers commented that they would not buy from the French heritage house if it continued to work with her. Meanwhile, followers of the Vogue Arabia Instagram account used the platform to share their feelings, writing, “Stop working with Bella.”

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