By Arwad Khalifeh
Palestinian-Dutch supermodel Gigi Hadid caused waves of excitement and criticism amongst her Arab fans after recently gracing the first cover of Vogue Arabia.
The blond bombshell donned a glamorous, bejeweled headscarf that identified with the region's culture and love for fashion combined.
While some were offended by "someone as provocative and edgy as Gigi" wearing the hijab, others deemed the model as "not Arab enough" to represent real Arab women.
Gigi might not look like your typical Arab, Muslim girl (whatever that's supposed to look like), but Palestine is in her DNA.
I, for one, applaud Gigi and Vogue Arabia for this collaboration; she is exactly what the Arab world needs right now.
We live in a time where Arabs and Muslims have a bad reputation, one that might be way beyond repair (thanks American media). So the fact that Gigi is a representative of Arabs is something to be celebrated, not criticised.
With millions of followers across the globe, the 21-year-old fashionista is a peaceful voice for a misrepresented nation.
And it just so happens that American designer Tommy Hilfiger agrees with me!
The 65-year-old fashion icon told TMZ that Gigi's cover has the potential to "melt relations, increase the love between Middle East and America, Gigi's the conduit."
The young model is proud of celebrating her heritage by becoming forever imprinted in the magazine's pages. She told her 30 million Instagram followers:
"Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry's desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs."
Gigi's cover could indeed have the ability to increase the love between America and the Middle East.
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