Gigi Hadid insults Muslim culture
Vogue Arabia's first-ever print issue debuted with supermodel Gigi Hadid on the cover, which she is now receiving backlash for. She can be seen on the cover wearing a head wrap that looks more like a beaded veil than a hijab. Inside the magazine, she sports what looks like a traditional hijab.
Hadid is half-Palestinian which means she has a connection to Muslim culture. In a statement, the magazine's editor-in-chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, spoke about her decision to cast Gigi. "The collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history and there's no better first 'face' to lead the charge for Vogue Arabia than Gigi — a model who defines tomorrow's entrepreneurial and dynamic generation."
Hadid may be half Palestinian but she is not Muslim, which has led people to accuse the model of religious appropriation. For some people, it feels like Hadid is glamorizing the hijab, something that Muslim women are criticized for. Supporters of the photo-shoot see the photos as a positive sign of inclusivity and diversity in and outside of the fashion industry. Hadid posted this statement on her Instagram page about the cover,
"Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia." Adding, "I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry's desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people and customs."
Do you think the photos are insensitive or a sign of inclusion?