Is Gigi Hadid the most influential female Arab in the world?
On Monday, Arabian Business launched the list of the world’s 100 most influential Arabs. Saudi billionaire, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was listed as the world’s most influential Arab. The list makes for an interesting read and although includes mostly CEO’s, also lists some familiar faces including Huda Kattan (aka Huda Beauty) and supermodel, Gigi Hadid.
22 year old Gigi comes in at number 6 making her the most influential female. Gigi’s real name is Jelena Noura Hadid with her Mom Yolanda nicknaming her Gigi. And her supermodel status is no joke, having won model of the year in 2016 and been on 17 Vogue covers!
She was also the first model to be on the cover of Vogue Arabia that launched in March of this year. The cover caused a social media stir as some people seemed unaware of the models Arab heritage. However, she has openly spoke about her proud heritage in interviews and on social media. In fact, last year Gigi said in an interview with Gulf News, ‘“I especially love it when you meet other Arabs. There’s such a sense of family regardless of whether you are blood related or not anywhere in the world.’
Gigi’s younger sister, Bella has openly spoke of her Muslim religion and the sisters took to the streets of New York in December to protest equal rights. Having just under 35 million Instagram followers, Gigi certainly has a huge influence on society and is aware of it, proudly promoting women's rights, as shown in her tweet below. Gigi Hadid is certainly making her mark and we are sure she will continue to do so.