Something huge happened on Wednesday. It was released that my favourite model, Gigi Hadid, whom I have followed since 2012 when she had only about 20K followers on Instagram and Twitter (she even retweeted my tweet back in the days), is starring on Vogue Arabia’s first ever cover. The photos by Inez Van Lamweerde and Vinoodh Matadin are so stunning I had to share them with you, as well as some thoughts on them.

I know so many people are already fed up with her face being on every single magazine cover, or even inside the magazines on every other ad. But she is and is always going to be my role model. That is because she is using her platform for a good cause, spreading positivity, a healthy body image and she really is the it-girl of my generation. As she is the same age as me, it is easy to relate to her, even though it feels like she and I are living on completely different planets. But when she is on a cover of a magazine, I usually buy it. I know, I sound like a crazy fangirl…

Vogue Arabia’s decision to put Gigi on the cover(s) (one in English, one in Arabic) has so far been mostly supportive on social media, however, there are some who wished that the magazine had used an Arabic model. But think about it from this perspective – she is half American, half Palestinian, proud of her heritage, and she is one of the most influential faces of the moment. As the editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia, Saudi princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz said, through these photos, Hadid “communicates a thousand words to a region that’s been waiting far too long for its Vogue voice to speak.”

Hadid covering the first print issue of Vogue Arabia can be read as a political statement to Donald Trump’s America as well. Politics is a theme that has lately been strongly visible in the fashion industry, during fashion weeks. So it only makes sense to bring the message out via this Vogue cover as well. Instead of choosing anyone else to cover the first Vogue Arabia, they chose an American who’s father is Muslim, sending out a powerful reminder to everyone that you shouldn’t put people in boxes based on their background or religion.

“I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogues is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures,” Hadid said about being on the cover of her 21st Vogue.

I couldn’t agree more with her statement. We should be celebrating different cultures, be interested learning about the world through people that come from other countries and just simply be acceptable. Because some individual has acted a certain, unacceptable way, do not assume that everyone from the similar background is the same. If a person is not going to harm you in any way or be disrespectful towards you, then there shouldn’t be any reason for you to act that way towards him/her either, no matter the sex, race, age or appearance.

Have a lovely weekend! S x

Sources: BBC, Teen Vogue     Cover photo from here

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