Gigi Hadid covers the first ever issue of Vogue Arabia in an embellished veil and while it’s stunning, the reviews are mixed. By Shruti Gattani
Vogue has been on high featuring models in off-beat designs and styles. But apart from making news for all the hard work, they have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Remember the March issue that featured models like Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham, Adwoa Aboah and Liu Wen, which also had a spread of Karlie Kloss (read: blue-eyed American born) styled as Geisha with a yellowface. Twitteratis didn’t take it well and bombarded the magazine for their stereotypical behaviour of using only top-end models for the so-called ‘Diversity’ issue.
Cut to the chase: Vogue Arabia that launched its digital edition last autumn released its first ever print edition featuring Gigi Hadid as the face. The supermodel posted the cover on her Instagram and thanked everyone involved in the shoot, saying it “means the world” to her. “Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia,” Hadid wrote, captioning the photos.
Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief and Saudi princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz took to the publication’s website and wrote that Hadid “defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation.”
The real question is: did the netizens like the cover? Like other issues across the world, Gigi Hadid’s casting isn’t one without controversy. She undoubtedly looks stunning; it is the fact that the magazine could not find an Arabic hijabi model is what the people lashed out against.
so Gigi Hadid remembers her Palestinian roots when vogue Arabia want to feature her but when it comes to political problems she’s quiet
— layan (@layansarh) March 1, 2017
Instead of a model wearing a fake hijab, you should have shown respect to the culture by showing a true iconic Arab fashionista pic.twitter.com/oESMo21VyM
— A Fashionistas Diary (@afdiaries) March 1, 2017
So Gigi is getting praised for wearing a Hijab bc “fashion” while women who actually wear Hijab are attacked, shamed, and threatened? pic.twitter.com/c4HLEoZ5nn
— sana (@imperialzjm) March 1, 2017
Gigi Hadid: Half-Palestinian but not Muslim.
Vogue: Lets make Gigi Hadid wear a hijab because she’s half- Palestinian so it’s justified. pic.twitter.com/z1MdoAlNmp
— CHANEL (@chaneltherapper) March 2, 2017
My girl Gigi can wear the hijab and make it a fashion statement but if I wear it I’m oppressed. Got it. https://t.co/axJPqC9rh6
— Fatmeh Cheaib (@fatmeh32) March 1, 2017
1 ur not muslim stop using the hijab for “art”
2 stop using the title “half palestinian” for ur benefit when u dont even fight for ur people https://t.co/BKY5RL0RcI
— mahershala’s oscar (@yagirlbushra) March 1, 2017
CAN GIGI HADID STOP WEARING HIJAB AS A FASHION STATEMENT !!!! MUSLIM WOMEN ARE SHAMED FOR IT YET SHE CAN PARADE AROUND ON THE COVER OF VOGUE pic.twitter.com/g2s7bD0ZmN
— NUHAA (@nuhaasoeker) March 2, 2017
However, there were some who took her side and proudly defended her being on the cover.
Y’all are continuously bashing Gigi Hadid for her vogue shoot.
Her father is Muslim, she was born in a Muslim household. pic.twitter.com/kE36YhHm6e
— t△⃒⃘co (@TheCountess___) March 2, 2017
Has everyone forgotten that Gigi Hadid is half Palestinian? She’s as entitled to wear the hijab and most of you Twitter muslims are.
— Nawaal Mohamed (@Nawaal_Mo) March 2, 2017
Vogue Arabia will be out on March 5 across Middle East, North Africa, London, Milan and Paris.