Vogue slammed for 'censoring' Palestine from Gigi Hadid Instagram post

Vogue slammed for 'censoring' Palestine from Gigi Hadid Instagram post
Vogue Magazine has drawn criticism from activists online, including Mohammed El-Kurd, for reportedly removing the word 'Palestine' from an Instagram post about model Gigi Hadid's pledge to donate money to Ukrainian and Palestinian victims of war.
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09 March, 2022
Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid pledged to donate her Fall 2022 earnings to victims of war in Ukraine and Palestine [Getty]

The US edition of Vogue Magazine has come under fire for reportedly "censoring" the word Palestine from an Instagram post about Palestinian-American supermodel Gigi Hadid's pledge to donate money to Palestinian and Ukrainian victims of war.

Hadid had posted on Instagram that she would offer money made from modelling appearances to victims of conflict in Ukraine and the Palestinian territories.

"I am pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine," Hadid wrote.

"At the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war- not leaders. HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE," she added.

On Sunday, Vogue published an article on Hadid's pledge, however, mentioned only Ukraine, with Palestine omitted.


A post shared by Vogue (@voguemagazine)

"Gigi Hadid Is Donating Her Fashion Month Earnings to Ukrainian Relief" read the title of the story.

According to the New York-based blog Gawker, Vogue’s article initially included the remainder of Hadid's caption calling for peace in Ukraine and Palestine. This is no longer visible on the piece.

Several journalists and activists condemned Vogue's move, including prominent Palestinian activist Mohammed El-Kurd.

"Vogue bowing its head to the hysteric whining of racists is shameful. Have a spine," he wrote.

Hadid, as well as her younger sister and fellow model Bella, are staunch advocates of Palestinian rights and have been vocal about Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories and siege of Gaza.

Ukraine was invaded by Russia on 25 February and has besieged and shelled several Ukrainian cities.

More than 2,000 people have been killed, and at least 2 million Ukrainian refugees have fled the country.

The New Arab contacted Vogue for a comment on the issue but received no response at the time of publication.

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