Gigi Hadid just got herself sucked into a cultural appropriation debate, despite her best attempts to avoid it.
On Wednesday, the 20-year-old supermodel Instagrammed a picture of her and her friends' hands, all adorned with henna tattoos.
“Had the best night with some of my oldest friends last night. Feel so blessed to have a foundation of friendship that will bond us for the rest of our lives," she captioned the photo.
However, knowing how sensitive people can be regarding cultural appropriation, especially with celebrities, Hadid also added, "(& before you go all 'cultural appropriation' in my comments, check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it)."
Had the best night with some of my oldest friends last night. Feel so blessed to have a foundation of friendships that will bond us for the rest of our lives. The way we can all sit around and talk like the clock's been turned back 10 years is the most beautiful and grounding feeling. It's so important to be with the families that raised you and the friends that were raised with yours. So much love in my heart this holiday season !!!!! (& before you go all "cultural appropriation" in my comments, check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian & proud of it).
One commenter wrote, "If you're so 'proud' of being Palestinian, then why don't you prove it and take action by donating to Gaza?"
Another said, "Literally first time I've seen her acknowledge her Palestinian side..."
But Gigi has been vocal about her background in the past, often telling her fans about her Dutch and Palestinian heritage. And her Palestinian roots were also highlighted in a Vogue write-up accompanying Hadid's recreation of Anna Wintour's first Vogue cover, which starred Israeli Michaela Bercu.
So should Gigi really be receiving flack for wearing henna? Yes, it is a tradition often associated with India, but as Mic notes, "tattoo" art is found in many Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cultures, including Palestinian communities.
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