People Are Upset With Vogue Arabia’s Debut Issue And How!


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

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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.

Karlie Kloss Dressed Like a Geisha in Vogue's Diversity Issue | Image via Entity Mag
Karlie Kloss Dressed Like a Geisha in Vogue’s Diversity Issue | Image via Entity Mag

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.

However, there were some who took her side and proudly defended her being on the cover.

Vogue Arabia will be out on March 5 across Middle East, North Africa, London, Milan and Paris.

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