After the Internet accused Bella Hadid of “disrespecting” Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the model is speaking out and apologizing.
Over the weekend, Hadid, 22, supposedly disrespected Saudi Arabia and the UAE culture in her Instagram story. Hadid posted a photo of the sole of her foot facing three planes, including a Saudi plane and a UAE plane.
It appeared as if her boot was kicking the flags.
After seeing the image, many fans started tweeting at some of the brands Hadid models for, threating to boycott.
While the backlash continued, Hadid has responded.
In a statement posted to Instagram and Twitter, Hadid mentioned the Muslim and Arab side of her family and that she meant no disrespect.
“I would never want my post or platform to be used for hat against anything, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage,” she wrote. “I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my father, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world.”
She added, “I want to send a sincere apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE… This was never the cast, and I hope you can understand the misunderstanding.”
Hadid later promised to do better, “I will be more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community.”