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Gigi Hadid Is on the First-Ever Cover of ‘Vogue’ Arabia

Gigi Hadid is many things: international supermodel, Victoria’s Secret Angel, my pretend BFF. Another fun fact about Gigi, and this is like totally whatevs: her face is on the cover of 17 issues of international Vogue. 17. I’m pretty sure my mom doesn’t even have 17 photos of me in our entire house, but I’m not salty or anything. Anyway, Gigi’s 17th cover is particularly special because it is the first-ever paper issue of Vogue Arabia, which launched online in 2016.

“The collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history,” said editor-in-chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz. “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.”

For Gigi, who is half-Palestinian, this cover is a very big deal. In an inspiring Instagram post, the 21-year-old model expressed her hopes that the fashion industry will continue to become more inclusive.

Although Gigi has recently come under fire for racial insensitivity, reactions to this cover shoot have been widely positive so far, with dissenters trickling in slowly. Here is a sample of the Twitter conversation happening right now:

Do you think Gigi was the right choice for this historic cover?

Iris was the associate editor at Her Campus. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in communications and gender studies, but was born and raised in France with an English mother. She enjoys country music, the color pink and pretending she has her life together. Iris was the style editor and LGBTQ+ editor for HC as an undergrad, and has interned for Cosmopolitan.com and goop. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @irisgoldsztajn, or check out her writing portfolio here.
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