Palestinian-American model Bella Hadid has captured the hearts of Muslims after expressing her willingness to sacrifice her successful modeling career for the Palestinian cause.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the 25-year-old spoke of her “sadness” at not being able to grow up in “Muslim culture” with her Palestinian father.
Bella told GQ how her career is affected by her support for Palestine: “I realized that I was not on this earth to be a model.”
Noting that she is happy to be in a position where she can speak out and make people’s voices heard, Hadid said she is not afraid of losing job offers.
She concluded by saying, “Despite the passage of years, I still feel like all my problems are rooted in my parents’ separation and that I was torn from my real surroundings.”
Bella Hadid, whose full name is Isabella Khair Hadid, is known for her support for the Palestinians on many occasions, as she uses her fame to showcase the Palestinian cause by sharing videos and photos. She recently shared a video clip of the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, who was killed by an Israeli sniper last May.
Bella Hadid was also among participants in protests organized by activists in the British capital, London, against Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in 2017.
Bella was attacked by Israel’s official social media account in 2021 after attending a rally in New York.
Earlier this year, Bella also spoke out against Israel’s storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque and accused Instagram of shady banning her stories.
“My Instagram has blocked me from posting to my story – pretty much only when she’s based in Palestine, I guess,” the 25-year-old model said. “When I post about Palestine, I am immediately shadowbanned and nearly a million fewer of you see my stories and posts. I wonder what they are trying to hide by censoring me? I wonder what they hide when they try to [censor]harass, attack innocent journalists doing their job,” she said.
Bella Hadid is the youngest daughter of Palestinian American Mohamed Hadid, architect and real estate developer, and Dutch-born model Yolanda Hadid.
Bella told GQ that she was the only Arab girl in her class at school and was racially bullied which made her sad and lonely.
She also said that for years she was compared to her older sister, Gigi. “I was the naughty brunette sister, I wasn’t as cool as her, that’s what people said about me, and unfortunately when you’re told so many things, you believe it,” he said. she adds.
“I suffer from insecurities, anxiety, depression, body image issues and eating issues, I have severe social anxiety, I also had mental health issues as a child and have developed anorexia in high school.”
Bella previously said on Rep’s podcast that she lost many modeling opportunities and friendships because of her advocacy for Palestine.