Bella Hadid is no stranger to magazine covers and interviews, but it’s not every day we get to hear something new from the fashion darling.
The 20-year-old model graces the latest cover of Porter magazine, where she shares a bit about her father’s history and speaks about her own faith for the first time.
“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me,” Hadid said in the interview. “He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim.”
Bella and Gigi’s father is notable real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid, who according to Page Six was born in Nazareth and lived in the Middle East before coming to America at age 14.
The sisters were seen together protesting President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban in January, holding a sign that read, “We are all Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews.”
“I come from a really diverse background. I’ve had incredible experiences all over the world… and I’ve learned that we’re all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness,” she explained while speaking with Elle earlier this year.
“We shouldn’t treat people as if they don’t deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It’s just not right,” she said. “And that message—to be compassionate whenever possible—that’s so important to me.”