Composite photos of blocked out campaigns featuring Bella Hadid.
PHOTO BY BANAT ZAYED
DUBAI – After upsetting UAE and Saudi fans with a photo on Instagram, model Bella Hadid faced more backlash, with her photos removed at Dubai Mall and Mall of Emirates recently.
Hadid sparked outrage after posting on her Instagram Story a photo of her boot with the planes of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the background.
The model had posted an apology and took down the photo, and insisted that she did not mean any disrespect.
“This was an honest mistake on an early morning … never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry,” she said.
Prior to her Instagram post, the model reportedly shared a New York Times article that was critical of the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The model has since deleted her post.
Fans have not been appeased by Hadid’s lengthy apology, calling for a boycott of all products and brands endorsed by the celebrity.
At the Dubai Mall, Hadid’s images have been removed from advertisements in the mall.
“We ensure you that our nation and region’s cultural sensitivities are respected. We have brought the matter to the attention of the retailers concerned to take appropriate steps,” The Dubai Mall said on Twitter.
French label Dior has removed its campaigns with the supermodel at the The Dubai Mall. Parfums Christian Dior also removed its ads with Hadid in The Dubai Mall. Bulgari said it currently did not have any ad of Hadid in the mall.
A photo shared by Emirati blogger Banat Zayed shows Hadid’s face blocked out in a display at Sephora.
At Mall of the Emirates, an event featuring Dior, a brand associated with Hadid, has been cancelled.
“We confirm that the event has been cancelled. A recent incident with a model for one of the brands at Mall of the Emirates is in no way associated with the mall, and does not reflect our values,” the mall said.
Meanwhile, hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist is going viral on Twitter, and shows people throwing away beauty products endorsed by the celebrity. ICA/Expat Media
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