Monday 25 September 2017

Model Bella Hadid: 'I'm proud to be a Muslim'

Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Alexandre Vauthier Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Alexandre Vauthier Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Alexandre Vauthier Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Model Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Zagdig & Voltaire fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Modern on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images)
Model Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Michael Kors Collection Fall 2017 fashion show at Spring Studios on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Bella Hadid is seen backstage ahead of the Moschino show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Moschino)
Models Bella Hadid (L) and Gigi Hadid are seen backstage at TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)
Bella Hadid walks the runway with Swarovski crystals during Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Bella Hadid leaves the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid pose backstage prior to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Anwar Hadid (L) and Bella Hadid attend NY Poison Club hosted by Dior with Camille Rowe on January 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Dior Beauty)
Bella Hadid backstage at the Victoria's Secret fashion show held at The Grand Palais, Paris, France.
Bella Hadid walks the runway during the Alexandre Vauthier Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 24, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the Victoria's Secret After Party at the Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Bella Hadid walks off the runway during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Bella Hadid attends Chrome Hearts X Bella Hadid Collaboration Launch as part of Paris Fashion Week at Chrome Hearts on March 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien M. Hekimian/Getty Images for Chrome Hearts)
Recording artist The Weeknd (L) and model Bella Hadid attend the Republic Records Grammy Celebration presented by Chromecast Audio at Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktail on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Republic Records)
Recording artist The Weeknd (L) and model Bella Hadid attend the Republic Records Grammy Celebration presented by Chromecast Audio at Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktail on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Republic Records)
(L-R) Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid attend the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show after party on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Model Bella Hadid said she is "proud to be a Muslim", crediting her father or bringing her up with a strong sense of faith.

The 20-year-old supermodel, who is the younger sister of Gigi, was raised by their father Mohamed Hadid, who originally came to the US as a Palestinian refugee and their mother Yolanda, a former model who originally hails from Holland.

Bella was speaking out against US President Trump's travel ban, dubbed the 'Muslim Ban' for its focus on Islamic countries, saying the issue hits close to home. Both sisters have been pictured protesting against Trump in recent months.

"My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so [President Donald Trump’s travel ban] is actually very close to home for my sister and brother [Anwar Hadid] and me. He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim.”

(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the Victoria's Secret After Party at the Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
(L-R) Gigi Hadid, Mohamed Hadid and Bella Hadid attend the Victoria's Secret After Party at the Grand Palais on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

In a lengthy interview with Porter magazine, the fashion star spoke about the struggles she, her brother and mother experience day-to-day with having Lyme disease.

"I couldn’t get out of bed for six days. And my brain would get all foggy, and I couldn’t see. That was the hardest time of my life."

And she also spoke about her high profile split with ex-boyfriend of two years The Weeknd, who is currently dating Selena Gomez, saying she's just focusing on

"I'm just really focusing on myself, and my work, and just being the best that I can be. I’m not really worried about what guys think about me, I'm just trying to be a woman," she explained.

Bella Hadid backstage at the Victoria's Secret fashion show held at The Grand Palais, Paris, France.
Bella Hadid backstage at the Victoria's Secret fashion show held at The Grand Palais, Paris, France.

Bella has spoken candidly about her break-up in the past, saying it was discount to have her first heartbreak dissected publicly.

"It was my first break-up... and so public," she told Teen Vogue. "As an outsider, you might think I handled it so well, but it's always in your heart, and you always feel it very heavily. It'll be hard for a while. Love hurts, but you have to pull through.

"But I'll always respect him, and I'll always love him," she adds. "Sometimes you want to be sad about it or handle it differently, but, at the end of the day, you never want to burn a bridge that you've fought so hard to build."

Recording artist The Weeknd (L) and model Bella Hadid attend the Republic Records Grammy Celebration presented by Chromecast Audio at Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktail on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Republic Records)
Recording artist The Weeknd (L) and model Bella Hadid attend the Republic Records Grammy Celebration presented by Chromecast Audio at Hyde Sunset Kitchen & Cocktail on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Republic Records)

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