Bella Hadid pays tribute to her grandma one year after her passing

The 23-year-old model has Palestinian and Dutch roots. Instagram
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Updated 29 August 2020

Bella Hadid pays tribute to her grandma one year after her passing

DUBAI: Part-Palestinan model Bella Hadid has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to her late “Oma,” Ans van den Henrik, on the one year anniversary of her passing.

Henrik, who was Hadid’s maternal grandmother, died in August last year after battling cancer. She was 78.

To mark the anniversary of her passing, the half-Dutch catwalk star shared a photo with her siblings Gigi and Anwar Hadid and their mother Yolanda Hadid at their grandmother’s funeral last year.

“One year… We miss you everyday Oma,” the model wrote.

She also posted two other throwback photographs with her late grandmother on her Instagram, including one from her childhood. In the photo, a young Bella can be seen wrapped in her grandmother’s arms. She captioned the image as, “My favorite place to be.”

Hadid took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late grandmother. Instagram

The 23-year-old received the news of her grandmother’s passing while she was on set of her magazine cover for Dutch Vogue.

Sharing the images from her cover shoot on Instagram, the catwalk star wrote: “This cover is very bittersweet. I've always wanted to do my Dutch vogue cover in Holland to represent my family… and especially my Oma. On this day, I got a phone call from my mom right when we finished our last shot," she recalled. "She said Oma passed that afternoon. This was one of the worst phone calls and all I wished, had I done it sooner, she would have been able to see it to tell me what she thought. I hope she is proud of me.”

Meanwhile, her mother Yolanda Hadid also took to the social media platform to remember her mom with a heartfelt caption. “The loss of my mamma one year ago left a heartache no one can heal, but her love that lives within me nobody can steal,” the mother-of-three said.

Following the news of Henrik’s death last year, Gigi made a statement praising the strength of her  grandmother, revealing she had battled cancer six times throughout her life.

“OUR QUEEN ANGEL fought cancer six times in her life with courage, strength, and grace while being the greatest mother and grandmother,” the 25-year-old said at the time. “She is an honorable guide we will carry with us forever. We love you more than words, our beautiful wonderful Oma.”

Regional brands join the fight against breast cancer

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Regional brands join the fight against breast cancer

DUBAI: October is breast cancer awareness month and in light of this, a number of regional labels are showing their support by way of charitable initiatives that see a portion of the proceeds of their sales being donated to different organizations.

Among those brands is the rising Saudi label Honayda. “To all the women who have fought breast cancer  and to those who are still fighting it, you are champions,” wrote the brand’s designer Honayda Serafi on Instagram, adding that she has joined the #PinkMovement initiative to help spread awareness about breast cancer and to remind women to routinely get check-ups for early detection.

Bahrain-based label Noon by Noor, which was founded by cousins Shaikha Noor Al-Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al-Khalifa have curated “The Pink Edit” on the brand’s website, which features a selection of draped gowns, tunics, T-shirts, trousers and cropped jackets in varying shades of rose. 

The edit was launched in collaboration with Think Pink, a breast cancer society in Bahrain. Shoppers are invited to purchase their favorite rose-tinted pieces throughout the month of October, with 10 percent of proceeds going to Think Pink. 

Also raising awareness about the disease and the benefits of early detection is Kuwaiti accessories label Marzook. The handbag brand, which is known for its over-the-top, orb-shaped clutches, is offering 15 percent off on all of the pink-hued Marzook bags on their website and donating to support various giveback programs. 

“In celebration of breast cancer awareness month, Marzook wants to take the opportunity this month to celebrate survivors and their loved ones and raise awareness around the importance of early detection and screening,” wrote the brand on Instagram. 

Featured products include a crystal-embellished pink clutch, a crystal orb bag and a lucid, circular purse among others.

Other fashion and beauty brands continuing their efforts to support the cause and put a spotlight on the issue include the likes of Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder and Beautyblender, among others, by launching products, capsule collections and pop-up shops to donate funds to organizations such as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.