The model has opened up about her religion in a new interview.
When supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid joined a protest march against US President Donald Trump’s travel ban earlier this year, the cause was clearly a personal one.
Now Bella Hadid has shared just how closely the president’s anti-Muslim policies hit to home, speaking out about her family and their faith.
The 20-year-old told Porter magazine about her father’s experience as a refugee. Mohamed Hadid, who is of Palestinian descent, emigrated to the US at the age of 14.
“He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” the model said. “I am proud to be a Muslim.”
Photos of the #NoWallNoBan march in New York City in January showed the Hadid sisters carrying a homemade sign, bearing the words “We are all humans”.
“I come from a really diverse background. I’ve had incredible experiences all over the world… and I’ve learned that we’re all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness,” Bella told Elle magazine at the time.
“We shouldn’t treat people as if they don’t deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It’s just not right. And that message – to be compassionate whenever possible – that’s so important to me.”
In her latest interview, the catwalk star also opened up about how she deals with being constantly compared to her older sister Gigi, who was named 2016 International Model of the Year.
“People think we’re the same and that we’ve been working just as long, but I’m two years behind her,” Bella said. “I still have a long time to catch up!”
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