5 Powerful Times Bella Hadid Talks About Her Muslim Heritage

Bella Hadid, Mohamed Hadid, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
For our October cover story, the supermodel shares musings on her Palestinian roots and how much she connects with Arab women

From Gigi Hadid celebrating Eid with Zayn Malik to Bella opening up about her refugee father’s Palestinian heritage, the Hadid sisters often celebrate their Muslim heritage. Ahead, we roundup our five favourite moments where our October cover star, Bella Hadid, reveals more about her Arab roots.

On Mohamed Hadid migrating to America from Palestine...
“My dad was a refugee. He came from Palestine to America when he was a baby. Thankfully, he was able to come, but it was very hard and now it’s probably 100 times harder. It makes me sad that power is getting taken from a lot of people and they’re not able to make a new life for their children and their families. It’s crazy to me that one person can tell you whether or not you can have a better life."

On her visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque...
“That was the best day of my life, when I went and saw the mosque in Abu Dhabi. I was talking to all of these Arab women and men, and finally understanding the culture a lot more than I ever really have. He would teach us about it and we would go and do Eid with my family and we would do Ramadan – I did that since I was a kid. Once I got older I was working and going to school so I couldn’t fast for as long. My dad, he’s so passionate about it, and that’s what kept me very passionate and excited about my roots.”

On meeting women in the UAE...
“They’re all kind of like my sisters. We all just clicked. You have a bond I guess. And they’re all so beautiful; incredible make-up, crazy good style. It’s like LA but 10 times chicer and more intense.”

On how Arab women inspire her...
“I love Arab women. They’re so strong and incredible. That’s how my teta was and all of my aunts on my dad’s side. They’re all very strong women and I think that’s what’s so beautiful about an Arab woman.”

On duality of her on-set character for Bazaar's October Shoot...

“Portraying both an Italian diva and an Arabian princess, I feel I have to capture the strength and vibrant internal beauty of both kinds of woman.”

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Bella Hadid, Mohamed Hadid, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque