Bella Hadid is the star of Calvin Klein’s new swim campaign

Bella Hadid photographed by Charlotte Wales for Calvin Klein Swimwear spring 2020. Supplied
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Updated 29 June 2020

Bella Hadid is the star of Calvin Klein’s new swim campaign

DUBAI: Calvin Klein unveiled its latest spring 2020 campaign for its CK Swim range, and the advert stars part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid.

The new campaign, which was lensed by English fashion photographer Charlotte Wales, depicts Hadid posing inside a turquoise swimming pool and against the backdrop of a white-washed wall wearing pieces from the brand’s new swimwear collection. 

It’s not the first time that the 23-year-old has fronted a campaign for the American fashion house. As a brand ambassador, the California-bred beauty has a string of Calvin Klein ads under her belt,  appearing in past campaigns for the label.




Bella Hadid photographed by Charlotte Wales for Calvin Klein Swimwear spring 2020. Supplied

Memorably, the younger sister of Gigi Hadid featured in the brand’s star-studded Fall 2019 #MyCalvins IRL ad campaign alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, Australian actor Jacob Elordi, NFL player Odell Beckham JR and US producer Diplo. 

“What a dream come true,” Hadid wrote on Instagram at the time. “I love this team of people and I am so grateful to get the opportunity to work with the most iconic brand, CK, again.”

She was also the face of the brand’s summer 2019 swimwear campaign alongside models Abby Champion and Matthew Noszka.

The model, who has spent the last couple of months self-isolating at her mother Yolanda Hadid’s Pennsylvania farmhouse with parents-t0-be Gigi and Zayn Malik, can add a plethora of ad campaigns to her ever-growing resume this year.




Bella Hadid for Burberry spring 2020 campaign. Photographed by Inez and Vinoodh

In addition to featuring in the Burberry Spring/Summer 2020 ad campaign with her sister and Kendall Jenner – the models were specifically handpicked by Burberry designer Riccardo Tisci, – Hadid also served as the face of the Jacquemus Spring 2020 campaign, which was shot entirely over FaceTime amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Captured by photographer Pierre-Ange Carlotti and creative-directed by the brand’s designer Simon Porte Jacquemus, there were no stylists and no hair and makeup artists present on the shoot—just Hadid, an iPhone and a stable internet connection. 

“Best few hours... reconnecting,” said Hadid in her Instagram post. 

The Palestinian-Dutch model also featured in the Miu Miu Eyewear campaign for Spring 2020 as well as Helmut Lang and Missoni’s latest ads. 


In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

Updated 05 July 2020

In Lebanon, single-concert festival serenades empty ruins

  • The Baalbek International Festival was streamed live on television and social media
  • The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem

BEIRUT: A philharmonic orchestra performed to spectator-free Roman ruins in east Lebanon Sunday, after a top summer festival downsized to a single concert in a year of economic meltdown and pandemic.
The Baalbek International Festival was instead streamed live on television and social media, in what its director called a message of “hope and resilience” amid ever-worsening daily woes.
The night kicked off with the Lebanese philharmonic orchestra and choir performing the national anthem, followed by Carmina Burana’s “O Fortuna,” a 13th century poem set to music.

The program, which ran for just over an hour, included a mix of classical music and rock and folk tunes by composers ranging from Beethoven to Lebanon’s Rahbani brothers.
Held in the open air and conducted by Harout Fazlian, the 150 musicians and chorists were scattered inside the illuminated Temple of Bacchus, as drones filmed them among the enormous ruins and Greco-Roman temples of Baalbek.
Festival director Nayla de Freige told AFP most artists performed for free at the designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
The concert aimed to represent “a way of saying that Lebanon does not want to die. We have an extremely productive and creative art and culture sector,” she said.
“We want to send a message of civilization, hope and resilience.”
Baalbek itself became a militia stronghold during Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil war, but conservation and tourism have revived the ruins over the past three decades.
Lebanon is known for its summer music festivals, which have in past years drawn large crowds every night and attracted performers like Shakira, Sting and Andrea Bocelli.
Other festivals have not yet announced their plans for this year.
Lebanon has recorded just 1,873 cases of COVID-19, including 36 deaths.
But measures to stem the spread of the virus have exacerbated the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
Since economic woes in the autumn sparked mass protests against a political class deemed irretrievably corrupt, tens of thousands have lost their jobs or part of their income, and prices have skyrocketed.
Banks have prevented depositors from withdrawing their dollar savings, while the local currency has lost more than 80 percent of its value to the greenback on the black market.