Footwear designer Amina Muaddi celebrates ‘heavy-hearted birthday’

The celebrity-loved shoemaker celebrated her 34th birthday on Monday. (Instagram)
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Updated 02 June 2020

Footwear designer Amina Muaddi celebrates ‘heavy-hearted birthday’

DUBAI: A birthday celebration during a pandemic and protests did not sound right for footwear designer Amina Muaddi. 

The celebrity-loved shoemaker, who is of half Jordanian and half Romanian descent but grew up in Italy, celebrated her 34th birthday on Monday.

It has been “the most heavy hearted birthday” of her life, she said on Instagram. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This has been the most heavy hearted Birthday of my life. 2020 is something else. From my personal struggles, to COVID, to the constant racial profiling of minorities, to the ruthless murder of George Floyd and the loss of so many other innocent black lives before his, my heart has been bleeding. I’m wondering what type of childhood trauma a man must have to become a racist scum who enjoys murdering an innocent black man on camera?! I’m thinking about the disturbed phobias his family must have instilled in him in order to create such a sadic murderer. These issues are rooted in our childhoods. It’s good to see the greatest social media activation bringing awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement, but it’s important to remember that this is not a trending topic. Racism is deeply rooted, instilled and spread from generation to generation. Changing a long term racist mentality would take too long and we simply can’t afford the time. This is where the anger comes from. Make sure you don’t raise new racists. Make sure you analyze properly the psyche of a cop before you admit him into your institutions, where some of these murderers masked as policemen are legally allowed to kill. Make sure you are not scared of the unknown. Ignorance is the only thing you have to fear. The darker the skin, the higher the level of racism experienced. George Floyd, I dedicate these beautiful flowers to you and to the countless other victims that came before you. Thank you for the wonderful wishes and for filling my Birthday with love even if I didn’t want to celebrate it this year. They moved me deep & helped my soul.

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“From my personal struggles, to COVID, to the constant racial profiling of minorities, to the ruthless murder of George Floyd and the loss of so many other innocent black lives before his, my heart has been bleeding,” Muaddi wrote captioning a picture of flower bouquets around her house.

The designer went on to express her frustration towards the killing of African-American citizen George Floyd, who died last week at the hands of US police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

“Racism is deeply rooted, instilled and spread from generation to generation. Changing a long term racist mentality would take too long and we simply can’t afford the time. This is where the anger comes from,” Muaddi explained to her 468,000 followers.

By the end of her heartfelt message she wrote: “George Floyd, I dedicate these beautiful flowers to you and to the countless other victims that came before you.” 

The current situation, however, did not stop influencers around the world from sending Muaddi their warm wishes. 

Lebanese influencer Lana El-Sahely and Egyptian-Moroccan-Dutch model Imaan Hammam commented on her post with sweet birthday messages. 

Lebanese-Australian model Jessica Kahawaty took to her Instagram story to post a picture with the designer to celebrate her special day.

“Thank you for the wonderful wishes and for filling my birthday with love even if I didn’t want to celebrate it this year. They moved me deep and helped my soul,” the designer responded. 

Muaddi launched her eponymous footwear line, famous for the signature flared heels in August 2018. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@kyliejenner poses in her Begum slingback in bright pink silk satin. #AminaMuaddi #AminasLadies #KylieJenner

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Her label’s lineup of distinct pumps, sling-backs, mules, boots and sandals in an array of vibrant colors and holographic designs have since garnered a loyal checklist of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@badgalriri posing in her BEGUM glass slingback pumps. #AminasLadies #rihanna #AminaMuaddiSS19 #AminaMuaddi

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Gigi Hadid denies claims she is ‘disguising’ baby bump

Updated 06 July 2020

Gigi Hadid denies claims she is ‘disguising’ baby bump

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid’s baby bump has been a hot topic on social media over the past few days. 

The part-Palestinian supermodel called out British Vogue for tweeting: “@GiGiHadid is yet to post a picture showing her baby bump, but her genius disguise gives an insight into her lockdown pregnancy.”

The publication was reporting on the catwalk star’s Instagram live video from June 24, in which she spoke with activist and chef Sophia Roe about racial discrimination, the Black Lives Matter movement and more.

One viewer commented on the video saying: “How do you not have a tummy? I’m four months into my pregnancy and my tummy is huge. You look great though!”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hadid replied: “This angle and the really baggy jumpsuit make for an optical illusion. From the side it’s a different story! Wishing you the best!”

The 25-year-old mom-to-be replied to British Vogue’s tweet saying: “Disguise ....? I said in a baggy jumpsuit the front and side views are visually different stories — not that that was intentional or I was trying to hide anything. Will be proud and happy to share ‘insight’ when I feel like it, thanks.”

She followed up saying: “For now I am proudly experiencing and sharing this time with my family and loved ones.”

Hadid is expecting her first child with former One Direction star Zayn Malik. She announced her pregnancy in April. The couple are having a baby girl.