Today marks a big day in the world of international fashion: Vogue has just released the cover of its first-ever issue of the highly anticipated Vogue Arabia for “Arabian fashion news, fashion trends, Arabic model interviews, and Arabian beauty trends.” And it features one of the most recognizable faces in fashion: Gigi Hadid.
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed model who is half Palestinian and half Dutch covers the landmark issue in an extravagant, bejeweled hijab. The magazine is releasing both an Arabic and English version of the issue, one in which most of her face is covered by the headdress and another that’s slightly more exposed. The covers were shot by Dutch photographer duo Inez & Vinoodh.
The editorial, also shot by Inez & Vinoodh, includes images of her in another brightly hued, two-toned hijab.
In a possibly preemptive move to thwart off potential backlash (you might recall the ire the magazine recently invoked by featuring model Karlie Kloss in various forms of yellowface), the Hadid, 21 (who recently took to the runway in a pussyhat), has already taken to social media to showcase her cover and explain what it means to her.
“I think the most beautiful thing about there being international Vogue is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures. Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be the first ever cover of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry’s desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people and customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to…and learn and grow in doing so,” the model wrote in the caption.
Hadid, whose boyfriend (former One Direction member Zayn Malik) and father are both Muslim, participated in protests again President Trump’s proposed wall.
Welcome to the world of fashion, Vogue Arabia!
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(Photos via Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty)