Bella Hadid has opened up about her Muslim faith in a new interview.
After months of outrage and protests from those who oppose American President Donald Trump’s controversial #MuslimBan, the model has told Porter magazine that she and her supermodel sister, Gigi and brother Anwar Hadid were raised in the Islamic faith.
The 20-year-old explained that her father, Mohamed Hadid, "was a refugee when he first came to America," from Palestine when he was 14-years-old.
"So [Trump's immigration policy is] actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me,” said Bella.
"He was always religious, and he always prayed with us,"the model said of her dad. "I am proud to be a Muslim."
And this is not the first time Bella has spoken out about her opposition to this administration’s unpopular anti-immigration policies.
In January, just after Trump signed executive orders banning people from seven Muslim-majority nations from coming to the US, Hadid, along with sis Gigi and mother Yolanda Foster, joined the No Ban No Wall march in downtown New York. The supermodel carried a sign that read "We are all humans".
After the protest she told Elle.com her decision to march was influenced heavily by her cultural roots:
“I come from a really diverse background. I’ve had incredible experiences all over the world ... and I’ve learned that we’re all just people, and we all deserve respect and kindness… We shouldn’t treat people as if they don’t deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities. It’s just not right. And that message — to be compassionate whenever possible — that’s so important to me.”