Bella Hadid apologizes for ‘honest mistake’ after being accused of disrespecting Saudi Arabia, UAE

Bella Hadid apologizes for ‘honest mistake’ after being accused of disrespecting Saudi Arabia, UAE

Bella Hadid has issued an apology via Twitter after a social media post over the weekend sparked outrage among her fans in the Middle East. The model,

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Bella Hadid has issued an apology via Twitter after a social media post over the weekend sparked outrage among her fans in the Middle East.

The model, 22, shared an image to her Instagram Stories showing the heel of her shoe up against an airport window seemingly ‘kicking’ planes that had the Saudi and UAE flags on them.

After the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist went viral, Bella tweeted a statement on Monday insisting the image she shared had ‘NOTHING to do with politics.’ 

‘I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth. I would never mean to disrespect these airlines, let alone these amazing countries,’ she said.

Controversy: Bella Hadid, 22, has issued an apology via Twitter after a social media post over the weekend sparked outrage among her fans in the Middle East

Controversy: Bella Hadid, 22, has issued an apology via Twitter after a social media post over the weekend sparked outrage among her fans in the Middle East

Controversy: Bella Hadid, 22, has issued an apology via Twitter after a social media post over the weekend sparked outrage among her fans in the Middle East

Insult? The model was accused of racism after sharing this image showing the heel of her shoe up against an airport window seemingly 'kicking' planes bearing the Saudi and UAE flags

Insult? The model was accused of racism after sharing this image showing the heel of her shoe up against an airport window seemingly 'kicking' planes bearing the Saudi and UAE flags

Insult? The model was accused of racism after sharing this image showing the heel of her shoe up against an airport window seemingly ‘kicking’ planes bearing the Saudi and UAE flags

Bella’s father is a Palestinian and she wrote that she ‘would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage.’ 

She went on: ‘Not only do I have so much respect from the bottom of my heart, I have always tried to stand up for what I feel is right, especially regarding the great Middle East. I have never and will never be the one to talk down on these countries… Only to spread love, and the true beauty of them, as the way I was taught by my Teta and my father. To feel as if I have disappointed you is what hurts me the most.’

The model concluded: ‘I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE… This was never the case, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding.’

Apology: Bella's father is a Palestinian and she wrote that she 'would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage'

Apology: Bella's father is a Palestinian and she wrote that she 'would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage'

Apology: Bella’s father is a Palestinian and she wrote that she ‘would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage’

Mea culpa: The model concluded: 'I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE… This was never the case, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding'

Mea culpa: The model concluded: 'I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE… This was never the case, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding'

Mea culpa: The model concluded: ‘I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE… This was never the case, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding’

Determined to make her point: She subsequently followed up with yet another tweet stressing that she had made 'an honest mistake' with her shoe photo

Determined to make her point: She subsequently followed up with yet another tweet stressing that she had made 'an honest mistake' with her shoe photo

Determined to make her point: She subsequently followed up with yet another tweet stressing that she had made ‘an honest mistake’ with her shoe photo

A little later, she followed up with another tweet which read: ‘This was an honest mistake on an early morning… never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry.’

On Saturday, Bella, along with her sister Gigi Hadid, walked the runway for Versace during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 event in Italy.

The next day, she was spotted back in the US after landing at New York’s JFK Airport. 

Strut: On Saturday, Bella walked the runway for Versace during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week in Italy. The next day, she was spotted back in the US after landing at New York's JFK Airport

Strut: On Saturday, Bella walked the runway for Versace during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week in Italy. The next day, she was spotted back in the US after landing at New York's JFK Airport

Strut: On Saturday, Bella walked the runway for Versace during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week in Italy. The next day, she was spotted back in the US after landing at New York’s JFK Airport

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Bella Hadid, along with her sister Gigi Hadid, jetted off to Milan to walk in the Versace Spring Men’s 2020 show. The younger sister sported an embellished black suit look but kept the jacket open to expose her toned midriff.

Who said professional wear couldn’t also be fun? Bella’s look from Versace proves that you can have some sparkle and look great (though maybe keep the jacket closed). We love how upon first glance this looks like a regular blazer. But on further examination you can see that it is embellished as well as the pants. So make like Bella and add some shimmer to your work life.

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This is not the first time that Bella has been caught up in a racism row.

Back in February 2017, she shared a video on social media of her sister Gigi at a restaurant pulling a face to imitate an Asian person.

Gigi is seen sitting at a table with friends and holding up a cookie in the shape of the Buddah, and then smiling and squinting her eyes to imitate the face.

Bella subsequently deleted the clip but not before the video had spread and been shared by other accounts with social media users accusing Gigi of mocking Asians.

When Gigi announced a few months later that she would be walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to be held in Shanghai, her Instagram post was flooded with comments from people telling her she was’t welcome in China. 

In November, Gigi announced two weeks before the VS Fashion Show was due to take place that she was pulling out of the lingerie extravaganza.

Racist clip? In February 2017, Bella shared a video on social media of her sister Gigi at a restaurant pulling a face to imitate an Asian person. She deleted it but not before it went viral

Racist clip? In February 2017, Bella shared a video on social media of her sister Gigi at a restaurant pulling a face to imitate an Asian person. She deleted it but not before it went viral

Racist clip? In February 2017, Bella shared a video on social media of her sister Gigi at a restaurant pulling a face to imitate an Asian person. She deleted it but not before it went viral

Caused backlash: Gigi is seen sitting at a table with friends and holding up a cookie in the shape of the Buddah, and then smiling and squinting her eyes to imitate the face

Caused backlash: Gigi is seen sitting at a table with friends and holding up a cookie in the shape of the Buddah, and then smiling and squinting her eyes to imitate the face

Caused backlash: Gigi is seen sitting at a table with friends and holding up a cookie in the shape of the Buddah, and then smiling and squinting her eyes to imitate the face

 

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