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Bella Hadid Graces The September Issue of “Vogue Arabia”

Bella Hadid Vogue Arabia
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Bella Hadid is following in her sister’s footsteps with her September covers for both the Arabic and English language Vogue Arabia. 

For both covers, Hadid was shot by Karl Lagerfeld wearing head-to-toe Fendi. The Arabic cover shows her in a high-necked scarlet flowing dress and matching pointed leather boots. The English cover is a close up of her wearing a film-noir inspired black leather jacket with fur-trimmed sleeves, sheer polka-dot gloves, a fascinator and netted veil.

World exclusive: Bella Hadid (@bellahadid) is Fall's femme fatale in @fendi for the coveted September issue of @VogueArabia 📸by Karl Lagerfeld (@karllagerfeld). Styling by @amandaharlech & hair by @sammcknight1 This is what fashion fairytales are made of. في سابقة هي الأولى من نوعها على المستوى العالمي: بيلا حديد (@bellahadid) تلعب دور المرأة الأكثر جاذبيةً وإثارةً في الخريف داخل عدد سبتمبر المنتظر بفارغ الصبر من ڤوغ العربية (@VogueArabia) 📸,بعدسة كارل لاغرفيلد (@karllagerfeld). هكذا تُصنَع أهم أخبار الموضة وأكثرها إثارةً. الرابط في البايو.

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The new editor in chief of Vogue Arabia, Manuel Arnaut, praised Hadid.

“Bella Hadid is one of the most celebrated models of the time, plus she has a link with the region, being half-Palestinian but also a Muslim,”  Arnaut told The New York Times via a telephone interview. “She is the perfect fit for Vogue Arabia.”

Despite the fact that Hadid has a connection to the Middle East, she may face the same back-lash that her sister, Gigi Hadid, faced in her inaugural cover for Vogue Arabia, which were complaints of cultural appropriation and the missed opportunity to feature a non-Western model.

The September issue, according to Arnaut, includes a street style piece on hijab-wearing fashion muses, a profile on actress Amira Khalil, and a feature on members of Middle Eastern royal families and their jewelry collections.

“We champion what goes on inside our borders, but our mission as a magazine is to cover what goes on outside them as well. That is real diversity,” Arnaut added, saying that global stars like the Hadids and Lagerfeld have followings within the Arabic world.

With Hadid taking on this cover, it also suggests her rebranding to show a more cross-cultural experience and world view. In a recent interview according to the NYT, Hadid opened up about her father and their Islamic faith saying, “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” and she is “proud to be Muslim.” In January, she attended a rally against Trump’s travel ban with her sister.

With this cover, Hadid is really stepping up her model and millennial icon game.

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