Bella Hadid says she’s pretty comfortable being exposed, and another admission from her Porter Magazine cover story is shining a light on a part of her life she doesn’t discuss much. In between discussing her career and her struggle with Lyme Disease, Bella opened up about being a Muslim and her dad’s refugee roots.
“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me,” said Bella. Her father, Mohamed Hadid, is a Palestinian by birth. After being expelled from Israel, Mohamed ended up in Syria before coming to the United States.
That might be why Bella and her sister, Gigi Hadid, stepped out to protest President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban. Her dad might not have been able to enter the U.S. under the ban’s restrictions.
Bella said that her dad’s legacy extends to more than just her politics. It impacts her religion, as well. According to Bella, she’s been praying regularly since childhood and is proud of her faith.
“He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” she said. “I am proud to be a Muslim.”
Why do you think it has taken Bella so long to speak out about her faith?
(Photo credit: Bella Hadid Instagram account)