Gigi is half-Palestinian and the publication’s Creative Director felt that it would be appropriate for the model to wear a Hijab, but some are calling it appropriation and insulting. Most of the backlash comes from people disliking the fact that Gigi doesn’t practice the muslim religion–although she’s never publicly discussed her religion–and feeling that she only claims her ethnicity when it’s advantageous.
Gigi’s cover definitely got people angry, but the model should be happy knowing that there are a few who are on her side reminding the critics of her upbringing.
The model must’ve anticipated the backlash because she included a very long caption on Instagram explaining why being on the cover meant so much to her. “I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs,” the model wrote.
Read Gigi’s full statement and take a look at her photos below.
(Photo credits: deenathe1st, Gigi Hadid and InezandVinoodh Instagram accounts)