Models Gigi Hadid & Halima Aden Join Hands To Fight Global Refugee Crisis
By Izza Sofia, 31 Aug 2018
Gigi Hadid has been chosen to grace a new magazine cover that highlights the work of UNICEF.
The model and UNICEF supporter will be featured in one of two covers for CR Fashion Book’s 13th issue, where she talks about her father’s immigration process in the interview.
The other cover features Somali-American model and UNICEF ambassador Halima Aden. The former refugee had fled to the US with her family when she was younger.
CR Fashion Book editor Carine Roitfeld noticed that many “children are on the move” and decided it was important to use “her existing platform for good.” Thus, she took to spotlighting the work and mission of UNICEF through the latest CR Fashion Book issue.
Roitfeld had discovered Hadid and given Aden her first cover back in 2017, after she competed in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab and burkini.
The magazine also includes intimate stories shared by Hadid and Aden on their roots.
Hadid shares that her dad is a Syrian refugee and was kicked out of their home in Palestine before moving to Syria. She said she was overjoyed when she met Aden during the photoshoot.
Meanwhile, Aden has partnered with Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of UNICEF, to determine how the fashion industry can help refugees.
Aden shared her backstory about arriving to the US and remembering every missionary who visited the UNICEF camp. She revealed her troubles while growing up as a refugee and how she “longed for acceptance.”
She described the difficulties of being a refugee, likening the experience to being “between a rock and a hard place” and that her mother used to tell her “home is where you make it.”
Aden and Hadid have also teamed up to launch a CrowdRise GoFundMe campaign to support those in need.
As I return from my first mission for @UNICEFUSA, to the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, I am honored and excited to share my newest @crfashionbook cover story, dedicated to spreading awareness about the work of @unicef worldwide, alongside the newest UNICEF AMBASSADOR, my friend & inspiration @halima, who is living proof of the way your support of this amazing organization can really change the lives of children all over the world. With my father and his family coming to the United States as refugees, like Halima and her family, UNICEF’s work is very close to our hearts, and together we have set up a CrowdRise Fundraiser w/ CR: link in bio to donate to help the children affected by ongoing conflict and natural disasters around the world. Thank you @carineroitfeld, our fashion fairy godmother, for your generosity with this project, we love you. 🙏🌎🌍🌏❤️ For this issue, I interviewed Somalian Refugee, activist, and remarkable human Hamdia Ahmed , who benefitted from the support of UNICEF during her time in a Refugee Camp in Kenya- I can’t wait for you to read her story! X #childrenuprooted #childrenfirst
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I’m so excited to share my new @crfashionbook COVER!! No matter their status, #AChildIsAChild. I was a refugee and without @unicef's support, I truly don’t know what would have happened to me. That's why it would mean so much to me if you could join @gigihadid and me in supporting the lifesaving work @unicefusa is doing for #ChildrenUprooted around the world. Children are our future - we must put them first! Link in bio. @crfashionbook Issue 13 with @UNICEF #CR13 Photographed by Pieter Hugo Styled by @carineroitfeld Makeup by Kanako Takase Hair by @ward_hair Manicure @nailsbymei Casting @evelienjoos
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[via Hollywood Reporter, opening image via CR Fashion Book]
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