How Gigi Hadid’s dad is protecting her privacy during pregnancy

The 25-year-old announced her pregnancy in April. File/AFP
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Updated 11 July 2020

How Gigi Hadid’s dad is protecting her privacy during pregnancy

DUBAI: Palestinian real estate developer Mohamed Hadid took to his Instagram account this weekend to share endearing family photos and used a clever trick to help protect his daughter Gigi’s privacy during her pregnancy. 

The part-Palestinian model  celebrated her friend Leah McCarthy’s birthday at her mother Yolanda Hadid’s Pennyslvania farm this weekend with her parents, siblings Bella and Anwar, and Anwar’s partner British popstar Dua Lipa. Her father posted a series of photos from the picnic celebration on Instagram.

In the photos, Gigi can be seen wearing a floral print ensemble with a fairy emoji strategically placed over her body by her father to conceal her baby bump. 

Her father, Mohamed Hadid, shared a rare new photograph of the expecting model. Instagram

The California-bred model announced that she was a few months pregnant in April, but she has yet to show a glimpse of her baby bump. 

The last glimpse of Gigi that her parents shared came back in May when her mother posted a photo of the model working on the farm.

The rare snap of the mom-to-be comes just days after she responded to claims on Twitter that she was trying to “disguise” her pregnancy.

The California-bred model announced that she was a few months pregnant in April. Instagram

The publication was reporting on the catwalk star’s Instagram live video from June 24, in which one viewer asked the model how she kept her bump under wraps. 

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 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.”

Hadid replied to the 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 added in another tweet, “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.

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

DUBAI: The region’s premiere streetwear festival, Sole DXB, will not be happening in 2020, the organizers announced via a statement on Sunday.

The organizers revealed that they “aren’t confident” that they can deliver the experience festival-goers “deserve with the health and safety standards” they expect. 

“While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world and we’re ready to wait ‘til they can be a part of it too,” said the statement.

Organizers also announced that they do not have a new date set. The streetwear and music festival typically takes place during the first week of December.

The urban and streetwear festival seamlessly brings together the region’s music lovers and sneakerheads, who flock to Dubai Design District to enjoy performances from top artists such as Nas and Wu Tang Clan as well as shop local and international streetwear brands.

In light of the pandemic, Sole DXB recently launched a new mixed-media platform,, dedicated to music, fashion, the visual arts and sports from the Middle East, India, Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas.