Gigi Hadid’s Vogue Arabia cover is already causing quite the stir. The magazine recently released the cover for their first issue and it features Hadid wearing a hijab.
Hadid posted the cover on her Instagram with a caption thanking Vogue for celebrating different cultures and acceptance.
“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 and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to… & learn and grow in doing so.”
That’s all well and good, but that doesn’t really address the issue with the cover: the fact that Hadid is using a religious article of clothing as a fashion statement.
A Twitter user put it best when she wrote,
My girl Gigi can wear the hijab and make it a fashion statement but if I wear it I’m oppressed. Got it. https://t.co/axJPqC9rh6
— Fatmeh Cheaib (@fatmeh32) March 1, 2017
Another person tweeted out,
so Gigi Hadid remembers her Palestinian roots when vogue Arabia want to feature her but when it comes to political problems she’s quiet
— layan (@layansarh) March 1, 2017
Based on Hadid’s Instagram post, we do think that the right intentions were there but it does shady when someone who is relatively unreligious and apolitical suddenly appears in a hijab on the cover of Vogue.
Vogue has been in a lot of trouble recently for their quite frankly terrible decisions to appropriate other cultures in the name of fashion. Prior to this, Vogue featured Karlie Kloss in yellow face, which the model later apologized for but the magazine never commented on. Perhaps it’s time the Vogue brand rethinks their creative direction.