It's no secret that Gigi and Bella Hadid have enormous platforms with which they interact with fans, book jobs and spread messages on topics they find important; the Vogue-coined term "Instagirl" describes their occupation to a tee. And as more and more celebrities are speaking out regarding Donald Trump's immigration ban, Gigi and Bella joined Sunday's #NoBanNoWall protest in the streets of New York City.
The model siblings — both of whom have previously shown support for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton — were photographed in the march that drew a reported 10,000 people to the Battery Park neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, carrying a sign that read: "We Are All Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews," with letters arranged strategically to spell out "Humans."
Gigi, Bella and their younger brother Anwar are the children of immigrants; their mother Yolanda was born and raised in the Netherlands, and moved to the U.S. in 1994 with then-husband Mohamed, who is Jordanian-American and of Palestinian descent. He was born in Nazareth, and lived with his family in Damascus, Tunisia and Greece before moving to Washington, D.C. at age 14.
And while it's unclear whether Gigi and Bella were raised in the Islamic faith, People reports that their father is Muslim, as is Gigi's boyfriend, Zayn Malik, who is British-Pakistani. ("I wouldn't call myself a 'devout' Muslim… but I'm very proud of my heritage," Mohamed, who reportedly fasts during Ramadan, told Modern Luxury in August 2010.) Gigi herself has been vocal about her Palestinian ancestry throughout her career; in Dec. 2015, she posted a picture of henna-tattooed hands on Instagram with the caption: "...before you go all 'cultural appropriation' in my comments, check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it."
In the current political climate, many citizens now expect for celebrities to not necessarily be a fully fledged activist, but to use the voices their widely followed platform affords them. ("Accountability culture exists," actress Rowan Blanchard tweeted on Sunday.) With a combined 38.9 million Instagram followers (and counting), Gigi and Bella surely have many young Muslim fans; for them to see the pair putting action behind their words can mean a great deal to those affected.
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