Gigi Hadid defends her appearance on Vogue Arabia cover after being accused of 'cultural appropriation

Gigi Hadid defends her appearance on Vogue Arabia cover after being accused of 'cultural appropriation

Gigi Hadid is certainly no stranger to controversy - but she found herself particularly stuck in the deep end when she appeared on the cover of Vogue Arabia earlier this year.

In March, the supermodel, who is half-Palestinian and half-American with a Muslim father, sparked outrage, with people online claiming that her presence on the cover was an example of cultural appropriation.

The attacks from people online just kept on coming, with many accusing her of only using her Palestinian roots when it was convenient for her, as well as utilising the hijab as a "fashion statement".

However, Gigi is here to tell her trolls that she has no time for them. Speaking at Reebok x Gigi Be More Human, an event in Sydney, the 23-year-old clapped back at her haters, speaking out about how hard it was to be from two cultures.

"When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, [critics claimed] I wasn't Arab enough to be representing those girls," she said. "I'm half Palestinian. I am as much Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair… I still carry the value of my ancestors."

She added: "I'm not Palestinian enough to be on the cover of Vogue Arabia… F**k you if you think that."

The successful supermodel also revealed that the struggle of being from two places was something that her boyfriend Zayn Malik heavily related to.

"I was talking about this to my boyfriend too, he is half Pakistani and half English," she explained. "And there's always this thing where you're mixed race or you come from two different worlds. You see how both sides treat each other. And you become a bridge between both sides."

Speaking of`Zayn, much like his girlfriend, he has been no stranger to controversy this week, having confirmed that he is no longer a Muslim.

Speaking to British Vogue, the former One Direction singer stated that, although he had been brought up as a Muslim by his parents, he had now left the faith and no longer believed in any religion.

"I don’t believe you need to eat a certain meat that’s been prayed over a certain way, I don’t believe you need to read a prayer in a certain language five times a day," he said. "I don’t believe any of it. I just believe if you’re a good person everything is going to go right for you."

While the I Don't Wanna Live Forever star didn't consider himself tied to any one faith, he did add that he had a "spiritual belief" of a God, stating: "I’m not professed to be a Muslim. I believe whatever people’s religious beliefs are is between them and whoever or whatever they’re practicing."

The reveal upset many fans out there, some of whom claimed that he had "mocked" Islam.

So, will Zayn and Gigi ever go a few weeks with causing some sort of controversy online? Most likely not.