Months after protesting Trump’s travel ban in January, Bella Hadid continues to speak out about immigration, citing her Palestinian heritage. “I am proud to be a Muslim,” the 20-year-old had said in April, explaining her participation in the No Ban No Wall demonstrations.
“My dad was a refugee,” Hadid told Harper’s BAZAAR Arabia in her new cover story, published today. (The interview took place in June.) “He came from Palestine to America when he was a baby.”
Bella’s dad, Mohamed Hadid
“Thankfully, he was able to come, but it was very hard and now it’s probably 100 times harder,” she continued. “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.”
In addition to her Palestinian heritage, Bella says she also gets her strong work ethic from her dad. Mohamed Hadid had to work for his family because they “started out with really no money,” the model explained.
She learned a similar lesson from her mother, Yolanda Hadid, who immigrated from the Netherlands to the U.S. “by herself when she was 16 with just $20 in her pocket,” Bella added. “They both taught me about what a dollar is.”
However, she’s set on using her voice to make a difference. “If I can’t talk about something that I’m passionate about, why even be here?”
From: Harpers Bazaar