Bella Hadid unveiled as cover star for Pop magazine September issue

Bella Hadid revealed behind-the-scenes snaps from her magazine shoot on Instagram. (Getty Images)
Updated 28 August 2018
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Bella Hadid unveiled as cover star for Pop magazine September issue

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model and all-around-superstar Bella Hadid has been unveiled as the cover star for the September issue of the UK’s Pop magazine.

Over the weekend, Hadid shared behind-the-scenes snaps from the shoot with photographer Charlotte Wales on Instagram.

 “Behind the scenes of my 4th @thepopmag cover by the incredible!!!! @charlottemwales !!!!!!! Everybody!!!! This was one of my favorite days ever. The cover will be out Monday (sic),” she captioned the photographs.

The magazine spread sees Hadid posing inside a see-through box on a pedestal while viewers examine her as though she is an exhibit at a museum.

The series has been called “Goldfish Bella” on the magazine’s Instagram account and it was partly shot by Stevie Dance, a New York-based fashion stylist, designer and director, who got behind the camera for the cover images.

“BELLZ BELLS BEL... Everything Starts With A B... Back to Business with beautiful, brilliant, badass bombshell POP Girl Bella Hadid photographed for three covers by NEW MUM Stevie Dance!” the magazine captioned the images.

One of three magazine covers featuring the US-Palestinian model. (Pop magazine)

Pop is a British fashion magazine that was co-founded in 2000 by Ashley Heath and editor Katie Grand.

Speaking about the photoshoot, Heath revealed the theme was a play on the star’s “fame and celebrity life,” according to the Daily Mail.

“‘The idea was an extension of all these Instagram identities that Bella creates... every month she’s Baby Bella, Bahamas Bella, Bad Bella, Hells Bells etc. We asked if she’d be willing to be Goldfish Bella for Pop. It’s obviously a take on her fame and celebrity life.”

Hadid’s set-up is reminiscent of actress Tilda Swinton’s performance art piece “The Maybe,” which she performed in 1995 and 2013. Swinton took long naps, some of which lasted hours, inside a glass box placed, most recently, in New York’s Museum of Modern Art — an interesting comment on voyeurism and the failure to attain privacy, perhaps?

On that note, Hadid recently put an end to months of speculation regarding the status of her relationship with singer 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.

Hadid posed inside a clear box during the edgy shoot. The photographs were taken by Charlotte Wales. (Pop magazine)


Muse: Life lessons from Instagram sensation Amena Khan

Updated 24 September 2018
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Muse: Life lessons from Instagram sensation Amena Khan

  • Amena Khan is making a name for herself on Instagram
  • She talks candidly about her struggle to the top as a hijab-wearing influencer

DUBAI: The British blogger talks candidly about her struggle to the top as one of the first hijab-wearing influencers in the UK.

As a child, I was inspired by the arts and entertainment — it was a form of escapism for me. Somewhere around my teens, the penny dropped, and I realized there weren’t very many brown faces on TV, so it probably wouldn’t be financially smart for me to study journalism, or media or acting.

When I started out, I heard insiders in the beauty industry say there was no place for a hijabi, that it was too divisive of a symbol and that I should just give it up. But I didn’t – I’m proud of being the first woman of color in a hijab to be in mainstream beauty campaigns across television, magazines and billboards. Seeing my dream materialize was like seeing the power of passion, perseverance, struggle, creativity and positive thinking.

I think that there are a lot of misconceptions tied to the hijab as it makes you visibly Muslim, and because most of the media representation is negative, it rubs off on people.

The cause that I believe in – which is freedom of choice for everyone — benefits everyone because we are all objectified. It’s this journey that all women are on and it’s this journey that binds us, so we have to find a way to accept people for who they are instead of trying to control, manipulate and force women into being what we want them to be.

My focus has become more inclusive. I personally have become more inclined toward fostering an environment where women feel safe to express themselves however they want.

In regards to online negativity, I think dealing with it, you need a really strong support system, and really thick skin and you have to really know who you are and stick to it.

I once got a doll that looked like a voodoo doll and I don’t think it was, but I was too afraid to even touch it.

For me, simply existing within a sphere where beauty is currency as a woman of color who is identifiably Muslim is groundbreaking, it’s revolutionary. For me, to thrive in this space and make the relationships that I’ve made with big brands is testament to the fact that there is a space for us. This is not just a space where I have fun with make-up. I want my presence to stand for something.