Bella Hadid has proudly reaffirmed her identity as a Muslim in an interview with Porter magazine.
The 20-year-old Palestinian-American fashion model told the magazine that her father – Mohamed Hadid – raised her and her siblings with Islam as an important part of their lives.
"He was always religious, and he always prayed with us," Hadid said about her father.
"I am proud to be a Muslim," she said.
Hadid's father was also a refugee
In light of President Donald Trump's efforts to ban some Muslims and refugees from entering the U.S., Hadid and her family haven't been afraid to show their opposition.
"My dad was a refugee when he first came to America, so it’s actually very close to home for my sister and brother and me," Hadid said in an interview with Elle.
Hadid's father moved to Syria after fleeing Palestine when he was just 18 months old. His family eventually resettled in Jordan before moving to the U.S. when he was 18. Her father went on to become an olympic athlete, representing Jordan at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
In February, Hadid, her sister Gigi, their mother and several friends marched in a protest in downtown New York against Trump's immigration ban. They carried a sign that said: "We are all humans."
After the protest, Hadid said: "We shouldn't treat people as if they don't deserve kindness just because of their ethnicities."
“I come from a really diverse background,” she said. “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."
The Hadid sisters are top international fashion models
In 2016, Hadid was named Model of the Year by Models.com. She signed with IMG Models in 2014, and has modeled for leading fashion brands and in runway shows around the world.
Hadid's older sister Gigi is also an internationally famous model. She drew praise and criticism when she appeared on the first-ever cover of Vogue Arabia earlier this year.
"Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of Vogue Arabia," Gigi Hadid wrote in an Instagram post sharing an image of the cover.
"I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry's desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people and customs," she wrote.