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Bella Hadid apologizes in Arabic

She was accused of racism
By Helena Saadeh
June 18, 2019

Bella Hadid has apologized to her followers in the Middle East, via a story on her Instagram account. In the details, the 22-year-old supermodel apologized for the controversial photo she posted a few days ago, which shows her shoe up against an airport window, while fans could clearly spot airplanes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the background. In her apology message, Bella wrote in both English and Arabic “I am posting this to clear up a few things that have been weighing on my heart. To begin, I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful & powerful heritage. I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my family, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world. Not only do I have so much respect from the bottom of my heart, I have always tried to stand up for what I feel is right, especially regarding the great Middle East. I have never and will never be the one to talk down on these countries… Only to spread love, and the true beauty of them, as the way I was taught by my Teta and my father. To feel as if I have disappointed you is what hurts me the most. The photo of my shoe on my Story yesterday had NOTHING to do with politics. I promise. I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth. I would never mean to disrespect these airlines, let alone these amazing countries. I absolutely love these airlines, with the best planes and people. I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. This was never the case, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding. I will be more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community. Thank you for taking the time. I love every single one of you.”

 

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