Why Gigi Hadid’s Focus On Refugees Is Giving Us Life RN
She's showing everyone we haven't forgotten.
We used to be bombarded with photographs and news reports of small rubber dinghys packed full of people. We used to hear about how people from war-torn countries were risking their lives to cross the sea in search of a better life. We don't as much any more, but that doesn’t mean the global refugee crisis is over. Gigi Hadid knows this, which is why she’s joined up with UNICEF USA and is helping to spread the word about refugees around the world who still need help. And when you have the kind of platform she has... word spreads far, and fast.
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Gigi went to visit Jamtoli Refugee Camp in Bangladesh, and posted photos and videos from the visit all over her social media (straight to her 42 million follows in the case of Instagram). Listing statistics can sometimes push people into eyes-glazing-over mode, but guaranteed one of the most famous and influential models in the world RN has grabbed everyone’s full attention.
Not only did she visit a refugee camp and explain the different ways UNICEF is helping families, and in particular children, to stay healthy and live hopeful lives in the camp, but yesterday she announced in a post that she will be appearing in Issue 13 of CR Fashion Book alongside Halima Aden, where she’ll be interviewing Somalian refugee Hamdia Ahmed and continuing to spotlight UNICEF USA's cause.
Gigi’s dad was a Palestinian immigrant, and Halima Aden was born in a refugee camp. We love how these two are raising so much awareness about the refugee crisis and completely humanising it, reminding us about the fact that we’re lucky it isn’t us stranded in another country, having had to escape our own.
Talking about the partnership with Gigi, Halima posted to Instagram saying: "It’s one thing to be the most well-known model of my era, but it’s another to be a #ModelCitizen - @GigiHadid, you are a living example that it’s important to use your platform to do good and be a positive example."
We reckon Gigi’s shown she’s committed to making a difference. There may be loads of cynics who think she's another celeb putting her name on a cause for PR purposes, but fans everywhere have been hailing her and her efforts to broadcast people's experiences in the camp, and to remind everyone that the refugee struggle isn't over.
Together, Gigi and Halima have started fundraising to help children uprooted from their homes around the world. So if you want to make a little bit of difference today, why not donate? Or, if you don't want to be charged extra for paying in dollars, click here to support the same cause via UNICEF UK.