Gigi Hadid Spoke About Feeling 'Too White' To Stand Up For Her Arab Heritage

'You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially.'

6/15/2021 2:19:00 PM

'You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially.'

'You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially.'

"It's something that's really important to us," Gigi said."But it's also something that we first experienced ourselves, 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!'" she went on."That's not something that my parents experienced or that they can really help me through."

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Gigi's mother, Yolanda Hadid, is Dutch, while her father, Mohamed, is Palestinian. Meanwhile, Zayn's mother is English and Irish and his father is British Pakistani."It's something I've always thought about my whole life," Gigi said."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."

Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images for Meesika"You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially," Gigi said. She elaborated:"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?"

The 26-year-old went on to say she believes her daughter will grow up to decide how"she can or wants to be a bridge for her different ethnicities."Instagram: @gigihadid"I think 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," Gigi said.

"What comes from her is what I'm most excited about," she added."And being able to add to that, or answer her questions." Read more: BuzzFeed »


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