Bella Hadid is joining her sister Gigi Hadid in donating her earnings from Fashion Week 2022 to Ukraine relief. The supermodel siblings have been inspired by fellow catwalk beauty Mica Argañaraz, 29, who called on her colleagues in the industry to pledge the money they make from the shows to organizations offering assistance to the people of the war-torn country.
Bella, 25, donned an oversized t-shirt with the colors of the Ukrainian flag to show her support in a photo posted on Instagram earlier this week. ‘To watch my Ukrainian friends and colleagues working hard here in Europe, so close but so far from their families,friends, homes in Ukraine who are experiencing one of many brutal occupations and invasions happening right now in the world is a very emotional and humbling experience for me.’
‘We rarely have control of our work schedules and this week has really shown me the strength and perseverance of the people around me who are going through pure terror.’
‘To hear their stories and emotions first hand is devastating and I wholeheartedly stand with them in support. I stand along side every person that has been affected by this war and the innocent people who’s lives have been changed forever from the hands of ‘power.”
The former Model of the Year added, ‘Taking after Mica and My amazing Sis, I will be donating all of my earnings from this Fashion Week directly to organizations that are providing help, refuge and medical aide to those in need on the ground in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support our Palestinian people and land.’
‘We have many Ukrainian friends, colleagues, models, production, casting and to see the lack of communication/knowledge about a war…so close is very very sad. It’s incredibly odd to be walking in fashion shows as our work, especially during a time like this.
‘I compel the people of our industry to do their research and have open conversations about the hell that is happening next door.’Activism runs in the family: Bella Hadid and her family have long supported pro-Palestinian causes. Their father, Mohmed, spent much of his youth as a refugee
Gigi previously confirmed she is donating all of her earnings for Fashion Week to Ukraine and Palestine. The models’ father, Mohamed, is an Arab Palestinian and spent part of his youth as a refugee.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘Having a set Fashion Month schedule has meant that my colleagues and I often present new fashion collections during heartbreaking and traumatic times in history. We don’t have control over most of our work schedules, but we would like to walk “for” something.’
The Argentinian beauty called on others to do the same.‘To my model friends and colleagues and whoever is also struggling with this feeling, perhaps this is something we could all contribute to.’