Supermodel Bella Hadid is apologizing to fans who have been offended by a recent post on Instagram. The controversy began after Bella posted a photo showing her shoe against an airport window. In the background are planes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Her fans became annoyed as in the picture, her foot was positioned so that she showed the sole of her foot toward the flags on the plane's tails, which is disrespectful in Arab culture, stimulating the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist. Several on Twitter also asked that the brands working with the model, such as Dior and Calvin Klein, stop using it in their advertising campaigns.
Bella apologized in English and Arabic on her Twitter and Instagram, saying the photo "has nothing to do with politics," and in a tweet added that "this was an honest mistake early in the morning."
"I'm posting this to clarify some things that are weighing on my heart." To begin with, I would never want my posts or platforms to be used to hate anyone, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage. I care for both the Muslim and Arab sides of my family, as well as my brothers and sisters all over the world.I have not only a lot of respect from the bottom of my heart, but I have always tried to defend what I feel, especially in relation to the great East Medium, "she said.