Bella Hadid never shies away from celebrating her Arab heritage and marking her birthday was no different.

The supermodel turned 26 over the weekend and she made sure to pay tribute to her Palestinian roots.

Indulging in some traditional cuisine, a Palestinian baker made a special kunafa cake just for Hadid in celebration of her birthday.


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Shadin Hamdan, the founder of Kanafa Cups, created a bespoke signature heart-shaped kunafa cake with a topper that read “Happy Birthday Bella”. Created with the bakery’s signature bright orange-hued phyllo dough, crushed pistachios and rose petals, Hadid was clearly overjoyed with the final outcome in images shared by the bakery founder.

“This has been a dream of mine and I’m so excited!” Hamdan said. “This journey with Kanafa Cups really started as a dessert I was good at making for friends and family and turned into a business that made it all the way to Bella Hadid!

“I never thought I would be writing this. Work hard and it will all pay off in the end.”

This special dessert was gifted to the supermodel by the Palestinian makeup artist, Nadia Tayeh who plays a key role in creating Hadid’s red carpet looks.


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In a group celebration with her friends including Hadid, the birthday girl received another cake baked by her sister. The simple white cake highlighted symbols close to her heart such as the Palestinian flat, a pizza, a burger, and a butterfly logo for her brand Kin Euphorics’ making it a memorable birthday.

With a close affinity to her culture, the model never misses an opportunity to pay homage to her culture and she is always vocal about her support for Palestine.

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