Bella Hadid apologizes for Instagram post that some said disrespected Arab countries

Hannah Szeto

Hannah Szeto

Hadid's father is Palestinian, so many social media users construed the airport image as some kind of statement, though the model denied even seeing the planes in the background when she posted the image and insisted it had "NOTHING to do with politics".

Being as Bella's foot was on top of one of the flags, looking like she could be kicking the flag out of disrespect, is what lead people to freak out.

Several also called for brands, such as Dior, to stop working with the star in advertising campaigns.

"I would never want my post or platform to be used for hate against anything, especially those of my own lovely and powerful heritage", Bella wrote.

"I absolutely love these airlines, with the best planes and people".

On her brother Anwar Hadid's latest Instagram post social media users commented on Saudi Arabia's historically close ties to Palestine, saying "Saudi Arabia is the only country that boycotted Israel and has no Saudi embassy". I promise. I never noticed the planes in the background and that is the truth.

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The 22-year-old supermodel, whose father is Palestinian, recently posted a photo from an airport with her leg up in the air in front of a viewing window with the caption "anotha one".

Showing the sole of your shoe is perceived as an insult in Arab culture and the backlash was immediate with Twitter commenters sharing the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist. "To feel as if I have disappointed you is what hurts me the most".

She shared her apology in Arabic as well and concluded by sending "a honest apology to those who ever thought I would put blame on them, especially to Saudi Arabia and the UAE".

The supermodel vowed to be "more responsible when bringing awareness to all causes, including my beloved Middle Eastern community". Thank you for taking the time. Soon enough the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist starting trending.

In another follow-up tweet, she added: "Never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry.❤️".

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