Bella Hadid slammed for her Instagram post that offended citizens of UAE

Brenda Watkins
June 18, 2019

Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid has come under fire on social media for supposedly disrespecting Saudi Arabia and the UAE in her recent Instagram story.

In certain cultures, it is considered the ultimate insult to display the sole of footwear to someone, as it implies the person is lower than the dirt on the sole.

Some focused in on her Palestinian heritage, questioning why she would be so outspoken about Saudi Arabia and the UAE if she wouldn't do the same for her own country.

Hadid was born in Washington, DC. I hope you can understand the misunderstanding.

Realizing the error, the supermodel took to Twitter and Instagram apologizing for her post. "I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own attractive & powerful heritage", she explains. "I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my father, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world".

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"The photo of my shoe had nothing to do with politics. I would never mean to disrespect these airlines". In a follow-up tweet, she once again promised that the picture was just a big oversight: "this was an honest mistake on an early morning... never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that".

However, some people did not accept Hadid's apologies and used the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist to show their contempt.

In Dec. 2017, after Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans for the construction of a new USA embassy in the occupied Palestinian city, the Hadids were among the many supporters of the Palestinian cause who condemned the decision on social media. Also, since the model represents luxury retail Dior, many disgruntled fans began threatening to boycott it.

While others highlighted her background as a model, deeming her unqualified to talk about political issues. She didn't know she was doing anything disrespectful.

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