Gigi Hadid Spoke About Feeling ‘Too White’ To Stand Up for Her Arab Heritage

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Gigi Hadid has spoken out about feeling “too white” to stand up for her Arab heritage.

In an interview with I-D released earlier this week, the supermodel reflected on her heritage.

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She also addressed how she deals with parenthood and opened up about raising her daughter, Khai, to understand her identity.

Discussing becoming a mom while in lockdown, Gigi explained there was a “bittersweetness.”

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Although “Covid has been such a tragedy for so many people and families,” it allowed Gigi the time “to experience motherhood the way I wanted to, which was without a baby nurse and without a nanny for as long as I could before I went back to work.”

When talking about raising Khai, Gigi admitted that raising a mixed-race child is something she and her partner, Zayn Malik, discuss a lot.

“We think about it and talk about it a lot as partners and it’s something that’s really important to us, but it’s also something that we first experienced ourselves,” she said.

Gigi’s mother, Yolanda Hadid, is Dutch, her father, Mohamed, is Palestinian and Zayn’s mother is English and Irish while his father is British Pakistani, BuzzFeed reported.

“Because both of our parents are their own heritage. We are that first generation of those mixed races, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, ‘Oh damn, I’m the bridge!’. That’s not something that my parents experienced or that they can really help me through. It’s something I’ve always thought about my whole life.”

“In certain situations, I feel – or I’m made to feel – that I’m too white to stand up for part of my Arab heritage,” the model then added.

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“You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially. Is what I am, or what I have, enough to do what I feel is right? But then, also, is that taking advantage of the privilege of having the whiteness within me, right? Am I allowed to speak for this side of me, or is that speaking on something that I don’t experience enough to know?”

Gigi also noted that she believes Khai will grow up deciding how “she can or wants to be a bridge for her different ethnicities.”

Adding that “it will be nice to be able to have those conversations, and see where she comes from [with] it, without us putting that onto her.”
What do you think about Gigi’s outlook on her own race and identity?