Bella Hadid declares 'I am proud to be a Muslim' in interview with 'Porter'
Bella Hadid wants to lend her voice of protest against Trump administration views on immigration. The model tells Elle.com, 'We shouldn't treat people as if they don't deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities.' Weeks ago, we saw her protest President Trump's proposed temporary travel ban. Now Bella Hadid is opening up about her religion in the summer issue of Porter magazine.
Fans of the model might know the handsome face of her father, Mohamed Hadid, who has appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The story of the real estate developer, born in Nazareth, has had a great impact on his 20-year-old daughter and is one of the reasons why Trump's order, that targeted majority-Muslim countries, hit a nerve. "My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister (Gigi Hadid) and brother (Anwar Hadid) and me," Bella shared with Porter. "(My dad) was always religious, and he always prayed with us,” the runway staple continued. “I am proud to be a Muslim."
After marching with demonstrators in January, Bella told Elle about why she chose to participate. "I come from a really diverse background," she explained. "I've had incredible experiences all over the world… and I've learned that we're all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness. We shouldn't treat people as if they don't deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It's just not right. And that message — to be compassionate whenever possible — that's so important to me."