Recent rumors suggested that Dior dropped model Bella Hadid because of her views on Palestine. But the facts tell a different story.
Gigi’s contract with Dior actually ended in March 2022, way before the recent issues in Israel and Palestine. Some thought she was replaced by Israeli model May Tager in Dior’s new holiday ads. However, Tager has been in Dior campaigns before, including 2022.
Hadid, whose dad is Palestinian, always supported Palestine, even when she worked with Dior in 2016. Her contract ending seems to be about business, not politics.
Investigations confirm that Dior’s decision had nothing to do with Gigi’s recent comments on Israel and Palestine. So, the rumors about her political views causing the end of her Dior contract are not true.
This situation shows how things can get complicated between fashion, politics, and social media. But, in this case, Dior’s decision seems to be about the contract, not Gigi’s opinions. It’s a reminder to check the facts before believing rumors.
Earlier, there were reports luxury fashion brand Christian Dior is facing boycott calls on social media after Turkish and Israeli sources reported on Monday that it had replaced American model and longtime brand ambassador Bella Hadid with Israeli model May Tager in its latest ad campaign.
Neither Hadid, whose father is Palestinian, nor the brand, has commented on her alleged replacement, which was initially reported in Türkiye’s Yeni Safak and an Israeli blog called Fashion Forward, raising questions of the reports’ veracity even as there were calls to #BoycottDior on X (formerly Twitter).
Tager appeared to be the star of the brand’s new holiday campaign ad, according to posts shared on her Instagram last week.
Hadid became the first Dior brand ambassador of Palestinian descent in 2016 and has repeatedly used her celebrity to advocate for Palestinian rights. However, she remained silent for several weeks after Hamas’ October 7 attack and Israel’s subsequent devastating bombardment of Gaza. In an Instagram post on October 26, she said her phone number had been leaked online, leading to her receiving “hundreds of death threats” every day.