Gigi Hadid gets candid in interview with Serena Williams

Gigi Hadid (R) shed light on her relationship with her younger sister in an interview with Serena Williams (center). (File photo: AFP)
Updated 09 July 2018
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Gigi Hadid gets candid in interview with Serena Williams

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid has landed the coveted July cover of V magazine, an American fashion publication that highlights trends in fashion, art and culture.
Shot by renowned Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti, who is famous for his spreads for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Hadid appears in the magazine in a series of adventurous snaps — hitting the waves on a Fendi-print jet ski, leaping in the air in a Versace cat suit and snorkeling (while decked out in jewelry) in a checkered swimsuit.

 

@VMAGAZINE #V114 There are no words to describe how much fun we had creating this entire story + (3) cover(s)!!!, or how grateful and proud I am to be back on the cover of V by Mario Sorrenti !!!! To #StephenGan - aside from being my fashion godfather from the start of my career in NYC, you have also been a true friend, confidant, and mentor to me. I can’t thank you enough for everything, including this cover-story experience that brought out and made me feel like my most empowered self @mario_sorrenti you were such a fun teammate! Thanks for everything !!!! I’ll never forget those couple of days! Pre order via vmagazineshop.com ft interview by my amazing friend and powerhouse of a woman @serenawilliams - thank you so much angel ! link in bio

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“There are no words to describe how much fun we had creating this entire story… or how grateful and proud I am to be back on the cover of V by Mario Sorrenti!” Hadid posted on Instagram.
“To Stephen Gan, aside from being my fashion godfather from the start of my career in NYC, you have also been a true friend, confidant and mentor to me. I can’t thank you enough for everything, including this cover story experience that … made me feel like my most empowered self,” she added, referring to the magazine’s editor-in-chief and all-around fashion media heavyweight.
Interviewed by tennis superstar Serena Williams, who she calls an “amazing friend and powerhouse of a woman,” Hadid shed light on her relationship with her younger sibling, the equally famous Bella Hadid.
“I would say that out of everything, Bella and I are the least competitive about our careers. We are more competitive about holiday cooking.
“It’s very rare to have what Bella and I have in fashion, what you and Venus have in tennis. I feel very lucky to be able to have a piece of home in my work environment. We are each other’s biggest fans. It has been a huge joy of my life to watch my little sister flourish, and to help when I can,” the 23-year-old added.
“I personally really loved the challenge of learning a lot of the fashion ropes on my own when I started working in New York, so I didn’t want to take that experience away from Bella when she started. I was always there whenever she had a question about a specific client or situation, but I tried not to be too protective, which comes naturally to me with her. We’re always FaceTiming to keep each other company on work trips.”

 


Dolce & Gabbana cancels China show after racial row

Updated 21 November 2018
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Dolce & Gabbana cancels China show after racial row

  • ‘Foreign companies operating in China should respect China and respect Chinese people’
  • ‘We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China’

BEIJING: Dolce & Gabbana canceled a long-planned fashion show in Shanghai Wednesday after an outcry over racially offensive posts on its social media accounts, a setback for the company in the world’s most important luxury market.
The Italian fashion house quickly issued a statement apologizing and saying the accounts as well as that of its namesake designer Stefano Gabbana had been hacked, but it did little to calm a brewing social media uproar in China.
Some of China’s biggest celebrities had been billed to attend the “Great Show” event, but on Wednesday one after another announced their withdrawal.
“Our mother country is more important than anything, we appreciate the vigor and beauty of our cultural heritage,” said the management of Wang Junkai, a hugely popular singer in boyband TFBoys, as they announced his withdrawal.
“I love my mother country,” actress Li Bingbing told her 42 million fans on Weibo.
The controversy arose after Dolce & Gabbana posted short clips on Instagram earlier this week showing a woman eating pizza and spaghetti with chopsticks that some deemed culturally insensitive.
It erupted into a firestorm after screenshots circulated of an Instagram user’s chat with the famously volatile Stefano Gabbana in which he used five smiling poop emojis to talk about China and launched insults at the country and its people.
Even China’s Communist Youth League jumped into the fray.
“Foreign companies operating in China should respect China and respect Chinese people,” the youth league tweeted to Dolce & Gabbana on Weibo.
Actor Talu Wang also tweeted on Weibo: “Respect is more important than anything.”
As the backlash escalated, Dolce & Gabbana took to Instagram and Weibo saying its account and that of designer Stefano Gabbana had been hacked and that its legal office was “urgently investigating” the matter.
“We are very sorry for any distress caused by these unauthorized posts. We have nothing but respect for China and the people of China,” the company said on Instagram.
Dolce & Gabbana said separately on its verified Weibo account that the show “has been rescheduled,” though it did not specify the reason nor did it give a new date for the event.
“We apologize for the inconvenience,” it said.
The controversy marks the latest backpedaling by a foreign company for offending Chinese consumers with advertising or information that insults China or clashes with Beijing’s official position.
Earlier this year, German automaker Mercedes-Benz apologized for “hurting the feelings” of people in China after its Instagram account quoted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen as a separatist by Beijing.