Bella Hadid joins sister Gigi in donating her Fashion Week earnings to Ukraine relief… as she calls walking in runway shows ‘odd’ during the conflict
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.
She captioned the image: ‘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.’
War relief: Supermodel Bella Hadid is following her sister Gigi’s example and will donate some of her fashion week earnings to Ukrainian relief saying interactions with other models and behind the scenes staff have ‘really shown me the strength and perseverance of the people around me who are going through pure terror’
‘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[sic] 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.’
Sister Sister: The former Model of the Year said she was inspired to donate her fashion week earnings to Ukrainian war relief by her sister, Gigi, and by fellow model Mica Argañaraz
Trying to help: Gigi was the first of the supermodel siblings to announce her charitable donations. The 26-year-old runway veteran will also donate part of her Fashion Week proceeds to Palestinian charities
Bella had already shown her support for Mica’s donation initiative, posting, ‘You said it @micaarganaraz.’
‘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.’
‘Following in the footsteps of my friend @micarganaraz, I am pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine. Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice.’
First step: Argentinian beauty Mica Argañaraz got the ball rolling. The 26-year-old supermodel was the first to announce efforts to donate her runway revenue would be donated to Ukrainian relief
In February, Mica announced: ‘I have to say it feels very weird walking fashion shows knowing there’s a war happening in the same continent. ‘I will be donating part of my earnings of this fashion week to help Ukrainian organizations.’
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.’
First step: Gigi was the first of the Hadid siblings to announce she would donate some of her Fashion Week proceeds to Ukrainian relief saying she and her follow models would like to ‘walk for something’ seen here in 2020