And she will happily call you out…
From the editors of People
Words by Kaitlyn Frey
Gigi Hadid called out an Islamophobic Twitter user yesterday for criticising women in Hijabs.
The model spoke out after this week’s terror attack in New York City, seeing eight people dead and 11 injured after a truck drove into pedestrians and then hit a school bus on a bike path Tuesday afternoon, close to the World Trade Centre memorial site.
While many celebrities have been pouring out support for N.Y.C. and the victims of the attack on Twitter and Instagram, Hadid waded into debate instead, calling a woman on Instagram a ‘fucking moron’ for posting a controversial tweet about women wearing hijabs in N.Y.C. following the attack.
Laura Loomer, a right wing political activist and reporter, tweeted a photo of two women walking the streets of N.Y.C. on Greenwich Street, a few blocks from where the violent attack happened, criticising them for wearing their hijabs.
‘Muslims are out in full force at the scene of the NYC #ISIS attack today rubbing it in everyone’s face. Aimlessly walking around in hijabs,’ Loomer tweeted.
She continued saying, ‘You’d think they’d have the decency to not walk around in hijabs @ cross street of the attack. But they don’t. I bet they’re loving this.’
It didn’t take long for Loomer to start receiving backlash for her comments, including a very blunt statement from Hadid. ‘Laura, I hate to give you the attention, but I need to tell you – You’re a fucking moron,’ the model tweeted back at Loomer.
Hadid herself, who is of Palestinian descent, posed in an elaborately beaded hijab for her first cover of Vogue Arabia earlier this year. ‘The collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history,’ magazine’s editor-in-chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, said. ‘And there’s no better first “face” to lead the charge for Vogue Arabia than Gigi, a model who defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation.’
The supermodel has always been open about the pride she has for her heritage, once writing on Instagram that she’s ‘half-Palestinian and proud of it.’