Bella Hadid Gets Real About Immigration: "My Dad Was a Refugee"
Bella Hadid has made a name for herself as both a runway and print model, but the 20-year-old California native continues to use her platform to address a more serious issue: immigration. As the daughter of immigrants, this issue hits close to home for Hadid. She spoke out against President Trump's immigration ban back in April, telling Porter magazine that she is "proud to be a Muslim." Per her new interview with Harper's Bazaar Arabia for its October cover story, Hadid is more than willing to elaborate on her previous comments.
"My dad was a refugee. He came from Palestine to America when he was a baby," she told the magazine. Hadid's mother, Yolanda, immigrated from the Netherlands at the age of 16. "Thankfully, he was able to come, but it was very hard and now it's probably 100 times harder. It makes me sad that power is getting taken from a lot of people and they're not able to make a new life for their children and their families. It's crazy to me that one person can tell you whether or not you can have a better life."
Hadid, who is of Palestinian and Dutch descent, even took to the New York City streets with sister Gigi Hadid to protest Trump's travel ban (sans bodyguards). "I just wanted to stand up for what I felt was right and I really didn't care if I was with 100,000 other people because, with or without security, I wanted to go and stand for something I believe in," she said of the experience. "It's not very giving, being a model, it doesn't warm your heart. If I can't talk about something that I'm passionate about, why even be here?"
Head over to Harper's Bazaar Arabia for Hadid's full cover story.