'I'm a proud Muslim' - Bella Hadid

  • 04/04/2017
Bella Hadid is a proud Muslim, lashes out at Donald Trump's anti-Islam stances
Bella Hadid (Getty)

Bella Hadid has lashed out at some of US President Donald Trump's controversial policies, saying they hit very close to home as she is a proud Muslim.

The 20-year-old model spoke with Porter magazine about being the daughter of Muslim immigrant Mohammed Hadid, who was born in Israel and lived in Syria and Lebanon before moving to the US.

Hadid is deeply concerned with the anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric currently inflaming her country.

"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," she said.

"He was always religious, and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim."

Hadid and her sister Gigi were photographed protesting President Trump's Muslim travel ban in February. The Victoria's Secret Angel told Elle at the time that all people "deserve kindness and respect".

"We shouldn't treat people as if they don't deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities," she said.

"It's just not right. And that message - to be compassionate whenever possible - that's so important to me."

Hadid hit headlines in November 2016 for mocking one of the most famous immigrants in the US - First Lady Melania Trump.