Gigi Hadid collaborates with Reebok on 90s-inspired line

The textile and faux leather of the “DMX 2k Zip” sneakers are inspired by the brand’s 90s “Boundless” line. (AFP)
Updated 29 October 2019

Gigi Hadid collaborates with Reebok on 90s-inspired line

DUBAI: The US-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid has collaborated with the sportswear brand Reebok to design a new footwear collection released earlier this week.  

The textile and faux leather of the “DMX 2k Zip” sneakers are inspired by the brand’s 90s “Boundless” line. The silhouette comes in beige or black and grey. 

The 24-year-old model wrote to her 50.4 million Instagram followers: “For #REEBOKxGIGI Season II, I was inspired by Reebok’s 90s ‘Boundless’ collection and the endless possibilities & wonder the great outdoors bring. These pieces are functional and effortless; I’m so excited to see the adventures they join you on.”

Earlier this year, she released her first collection with the brand, which includes trainers, tracksuits, bodysuits and jackets.  

For her first launch in February, the model and Reebok organized a volleyball game to test out the new gear with students from Dream Charter School in Harlem, New York.

After the event, Hadid posted pictures on Instagram with the students and the coaches. “To all the students who joined — you girls KILLED it and I hope volleyball continues to be something that inspires you and brings you joy,” she said. 

Last year, Hadid, whose mother is Dutch, partnered with Reebok on a promotional appearance for Reebok’s “Be More Human” campaign.

At the event in Sydney, Hadid took to the stage to defend her heritage and express her “respect” for her Arab roots.

“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.”


Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

The singer's maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian. (Getty)
Updated 05 June 2020

Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall: ‘I was bullied for being Arab’

DUBAI: Girl group Little Mix’s star Jade Thirlwall has opened up about bullying she experienced as a teenager due to her Arab roots.

Speaking on the BBC “No Country For Young Women” podcast, the 2011 “X-Factor” finalist, whose maternal grandfather is Yemeni and maternal grandmother Egyptian, said that she felt “ashamed” of her background. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“When I went to secondary school, I was literally one of three people of color in the school,” the 27-year-old music sensation, whose father is British, said.

“I remember one time I got pinned down in the toilets and they put a bindi spot on my forehead; it was horrific.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I have constantly had this inner battle of not really knowing who I am, or where I fit in, or what community I fit into,” she said.

The singer recalled that she would put white powder on her face “to whiten” herself when performing on stage at her school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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After joining Little Mix, she “subconsciously” did not want to talk about her heritage for fear of being disliked.

“I think because I was bullied quite badly in school because of the color of my skin and for being Arab, I wasn’t very proud of who I was,” Thirlwall explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I would hate to talk about my race and heritage and not say the right things,” she added.