Nora Attal calls out misidentification in the fashion industry

The Moroccan-British model was recently misidentified as London-based singer Kara Marni. (File/Getty)
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Updated 04 February 2020

Nora Attal calls out misidentification in the fashion industry

  • It’s not the first time that a major platform has misidentified an Arab figure

DUBAI: If Nora Attal isn’t a name you’re familiar with, you should get acquainted. In addition to being one of the most-sought after models season after season, the Moroccan-British beauty is one of the first Arab models to land covers and campaigns with prestigious labels and publications such as Chanel and British Vogue.  

 The 20-year-old, who just finished a stellar Spring 2020 Couture Week was recently photographed at the British Vogue x Tiffany & Co. Film and Fashion after party for the British Academy Film Awards, but there was one major issue — when the photo was published online by image resource website Getty Images, Attal was misidentified as Kara Marni, a London-based singer. 

 Naturally, the model was upset, taking to Instagram to share that “it’s an issue and it needs to be addressed.” 

 In a lengthy statement composed on the notes app and shared with her 35.1K Instagram followers, Attal detailed how she woke up to pictures of herself mistaken for someone else. 

 “This is a lesson: I woke up this morning to pictures of me, my face, tagged as someone else,” she began. 

 The model goes on to reveal that it’s not the first time it has happened to her.

 “This is not the first time and unfortunately probably not the last time. There have been countless times where I experienced online, in person, seen, or heard other people of color being mistaken for someone else. This isn’t a coincidence — it’s an issue and needs to be addressed.” 

 “The reality is this happens all the time nonchalantly at work, in magazines, online, on social media... In this specific case the article was probably written by someone who isn’t a minority and has no experience about inequality from behind a computer.”

 She concluded by saying “The feeling of not being seen as yourself as an individual is hurtful and the truth is people are lazy and don’t care enough to distinguish real people, people of color, from one another.”

 “This should be a fundamental respect. I wanted to share this knowing people realize and know that it’s not ok.” 



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 The statement received an outpouring of support from her fellow model friends and fans, with many taking to the comment section to thank Attal for speaking out, including French-American model Sophie Koella, who wrote: “Unacceptable on all levels, there are literally no excuses.”

 It’s not the first time that a major platform has misidentified an Arab figure. In 2019, Libyan-American journalist Noor Tagouri was mistakenly referred to as Noor Bukhari, a Pakistani model, actor and director, in the February issue of Vogue magazine. 

Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

Updated 28 September 2020

Bella Hadid donates designer clothing for a good cause

DUBAI: If you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on Bella Hadid’s ultra-luxe wardrobe featuring brands like Dior, Off-White and Vivienne Westwood, you may just have a chance. The part-Palestinian model this week decided to take part in the Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice in Brooklyn by donating a slew of her own clothing items to the sale, and it’s all for a good cause.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice, which took place on Sunday, benefits a variety of causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement, which Hadid has been quite outspoken in her support of. 

The Palestinian-Dutch model documented the charitable event via her Instagram Stories, and showcased the “lil rack of stuff” she had for sale, which included plenty of designer items.

“I’ve got a lil rack of stuff!! curated by my sis @haleywollens ! But also so many great vendors !!! 100% of proceeds going to @abundantbeginnings @brooklyn_supported_agriculture! Thank you @sorrymydude for this (sic),” she wrote alongside a photo of herself laying among the donated pieces of clothing.

The Sidewalk Sale for Social Justice coordinators were thrilled with Hadid’s charitable contributions, and reposted her donated items on their Instagram Stories.

“This week we have donations from the best dressed baby doll @bellahadid,” said one of the posts.

It’s not the first time the model cleans out her closet for a humanitarian cause. In June, the 23-year-old donated a pair of paint-splattered Miu Miu boots for British Vogue’s online auction in aid of organizations  NHS Charities Together and the NAACP.