Bella Hadid ‘unrecognizable’ in Versace campaign

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Supermodel Bella Hadid just dropped an image from a new campaign for Versace. (Shutterstock)
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Supermodel Bella Hadid just dropped an image from a new campaign for Versace. (Shutterstock)
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Supermodel Bella Hadid just dropped an image from a new campaign for Versace. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 August 2018
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Bella Hadid ‘unrecognizable’ in Versace campaign

LONDON: Supermodel Bella Hadid just dropped an image from a new campaign for Versace. Fans were quick to note the 21-year-old American-Palestinian model “looked different” in the image, with some suggesting an uncanny resemblance to sister Gigi Hadid in the campaign.
“I thought you were @gigihadid for a second,” wrote @weirdosdelrey.
“She doesn’t look like herself!! Too much editing,” added @tala_fuqaha.
“You’re almost unrecognizable,”@_abhipsha__ said.
The image shared on social media features Bella flanked by two other models. It is actually part of the Italian fashion house’s longest-ever advertising image featuring 54 models, including sister Gigi, standing side by side. The Versace fall-winter campaign “symbolizes inclusivity, a key value for artistic director @Donatella_Versace and her vision for the brand.”
The campaign, hashtagged #TheClansOfVersace, is “a true representation of clans that embody everything Versace stands for — diversity expressed together with innovation in the fearless representation of what it means to be daring.”
Bella, whose real name is Isabella Khair Hadid, is dressed in the brand’s yellow and blue layered skirt paired with a matching scarf and white T-shirt.
“I couldn’t tell you how much I love the @versace family and how happy I am to be a part of this campaign. Thank you to my forever idols #StevenMeisel & @donatella_versace… Love!!!!” Bella wrote alongside the image.
Donatella, the vice president of Versace Group, was quick to return the love. “We love you too,” she wrote in the comments section.
In a video posted on Instagram recently, the Hadid sisters and Kaia Gerber joined Versace to reveal the correct pronunciation of the luxury brand’s name. Rather than “Versa-chay,” the models speak one after the other in the clip to point out the label is actually pronounced: “Versa-chee.”
Meanwhile, Bella recently put an end to months of speculation regarding the status of her relationship with The Weeknd when the on-off couple were spotted attending Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday party together. A source told US Weekly that the duo is “great and happy together now.”
Bella and the “Call Out My Name” singer, 28, previously dated for nearly two years before splitting in November 2016. They began to fuel relationship rumors again when they were seen together at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.


‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

Updated 18 November 2018
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‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

DUBAI: Model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid took to the stage at an event in Sydney last week to defend her heritage and express her “respect” for her Arab roots.
The 23-year-old model, whose father is Palestinian and mother is Dutch, made the fiery statement during a promotional appearance for Reebok’s “Be More Human” campaign.
“When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, I wasn’t ‘Arab enough’ to be representing those girls, even though I’m half-Palestinian,” Hadid told the crowd of her March 2017 cover for the magazine, according to Yahoo. “I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair, I still carry the value of my ancestors and I appreciate and respect that.”

The model also touched on her much-reported-on relationship with British singer Zayn Malik, saying the pair had discussed her background in the past.
“I was taking about this to my boyfriend too, he is half-Pakistani and half-English,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “And there’s always this thing where you’re mixed race or you come from two different worlds. You see how both sides treat each other. And you become a bridge between both sides.”
Gigi isn’t the only Hadid sibling to talk publicly about the family’s roots.
In April 2017, her sister Bella opened up about their Palestinian father’s immigration experience and her embrace of Islam in an interview with Porter magazine.
The siblings’ father, Mohamed Hadid, 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,” Bella said in the interview.
“He was always religious and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” she added.
In her latest appearance in Sydney, older sister Gigi also touched on the pressures of the competitive fashion industry.
“Regardless of who you are, or what you do, you always are allowed to give yourself room to screw up and learn and grow,” she said. “I’m a human and someone that can make mistakes,” she said. “But I can still learn and grow and be better.”