‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine

Supermodel Bella Hadid this week opened up about her Palestinian father’s immigration experience in an interview with Porter magazine. (Photo courtesy: Porter magazine)
Updated 04 April 2017
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‘I am proud to be a Muslim,’ supermodel Bella Hadid tells magazine

DUBAI: Supermodel Bella Hadid this week opened up about her Palestinian father’s immigration experience and her embrace of Islam in an interview with Porter magazine.
Bella, along with her supermodel sister Gigi and brother Anwar, are the children of Yolanda and Mohamed Hadid, who lived in Syria and Lebanon before he moved to the US in his teens.
“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,” Bella said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s recent measures against incoming refugees.

“He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” she added.
On her rise to fame, the model added: “It gets really overwhelming…You feel really overexposed and you don’t want to see anybody... I just want to be in my apartment alone and kind of retreat and be centered again.”


Rihanna to launch her own luxury fashion label

Updated 17 January 2019
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Rihanna to launch her own luxury fashion label

  • Rihanna is in secret talks with the French giant LVMH, according to Women’s Wear Daily
  • LVMH owns brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Givenchy

PARIS: Pop idol Rihanna is preparing to launch her own luxury brand with the world’s biggest fashion conglomerate, according to reports Thursday.
The Barbados-born superstar, who already has her own highly successful Fenty sportswear label, is in secret talks with the French giant LVMH, according to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).
The industry bible said the group, which owns such iconic brands as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Givenchy, is assembling a gang of top designers for the project.
LVMH, which is owned by the fashion titan Bernard Arnault, said they could not comment.
With her huge fan base and tens of millions of social media followers, Rihanna is one of the most powerful style influencers on the planet.
A regular on the front row of fashion shows, and particularly at Dior in Paris, the singer has also proved herself to be a canny creator.
As well as her Fenty line she upped sales at Puma when she became its creative director and has also dipped her toe into lingerie.
Her Fenty Beauty operation — which involved a hook-up with LVMH — racked up sales of more than $100 dollars (88 million euros) within weeks of its 2016 launch.
WWD said that her planned luxury brand, which will take in ready-to-wear as well as leather goods and accessories, could be launched alongside her ninth album later this year.
A new large-scale luxury label — especially one led by a black woman — would be a huge development in the fashion world.
The top end of the market has been traditionally hogged by historic French and Italian houses.
Despite its dominance, LVMH has not started a luxury brand from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
Black American designers have, however, been making dramatic inroads of late, with Virgil Abloh the most talked about designer at Paris men’s fashion week.
The creator, whose parents come from Ghana, now heads LVMH’s treasured Louis Vuitton menswear line as well as his own hugely cool Off-White Label.
Rihanna, 30, who shot to fame with her “Music of the Sun” and “Good Girl Gone Bad” albums, is locked in a legal battle with her father over the use of the Fenty name.
She is suing her father Ronald Fenty over the use of the family name in his company, Fenty Entertainment, according to reports on Wednesday.