French luxury giant Parfums Christian Dior has removed visuals of Bella Hadid from stores across the GCC for “appeasement” as backlash against the supermodel continues on social media.
“For appeasement Parfums Christian Dior has removed its visuals of Bella Hadid in the GCC,” it said in a statement.
The 22-year-old Palestinian American model has come under fire after posting a now-deleted image with her boot held in the air near a window that overlooks a row of airplanes from the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Critics argue that the position of Hadid’s foot towards the airplanes’ country flags is insulting, and have accused her of intentionally disrespecting the two countries.
The Dubai Mall, which the model visited in 2017 as part of a campaign with French luxury giant Dior, has removed its visuals of Bella in the shopping mall following a petition from consumers requesting the changes.
“We uphold the values of our nation and Saudi Arabia with the highest respect and regard. We have brought the matter to the attention of the retailers to take appropriate steps,” it said in a statement.
Dior cancelled an event in the Mall of the Emirates featuring the model, a spokesperson for the mall said.
“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 concerned brand cancelled an event that was scheduled at its Mall of the Emirates store this week." a spokesperson for Mall of the Emirates told Arabian Business.
A source at Dubai Festival City has confirmed that all retailers and brands have removed any images relating to her.
Various Twitter accounts have also claimed that Hadid shared a New York Times op-ed on her Instagram story criticizing the UAE and Saudi for playing a role in Sudan’s military crackdown on demonstrators.For all the latest fashion trends from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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