The model shared a photo on Instagram that features her own hand, along with those of four of her friends, decorated with henna.
Hadid anticipated she'd be chided for cultural appropriation for the tattoo, so she preemptively supplied a word of defense in the caption. "Before you go all 'cultural appropriation' in my comments, check out the last name. Hadid. Half Palestinian and proud of it," the model wrote.
But the caption didn't save Hadid from receiving plenty of flak over the shot. Many critics pointed to the Free Palestine movement, which advocates for Palestinian rights, saying that Hadid hasn't spoken out about Palestine in the past.
"If you're so 'proud' of being Palestinian, then why don't you prove it and take action by donating to Gaza?" one commenter wrote. While many users make valid points — someone who adopts trends or looks from a certain culture should be respectful of their origins — the outrage seems a bit misguided. Does painting henna on her hands demand that Hadid weigh in on the Israel-Palestine conflict? Or can she simply embrace a tradition that runs through her family, and share a picture of it with her followers?
See the photo in question, below.
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).