Though recognized for their fashionable style and done-up looks walking carpets and other social events, off the runway, supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid have worked toward humanitarian causes including Pencils of Promise, Jeans for Refugees and amfAR.
Earlier in October, Gigi Hadid partnered up with footwear brand Stuart Weitzman to create “The Gigi Boot,” a trendy pair of hiking boot-inspired heels that also benefit charity. Celebrating the collaboration, Weitzman pledged to build three schools in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos with the charity Pencils of Promise. The global organization is dedicated to providing quality education to children in order to equip them with the basic reading, writing and math skills that can help them change the world.
In May 2016, Bella Hadid and model friends Karlie Kloss and Alessandra Ambrosio walked the Cinema Against AIDS gala held by The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). Bella Hadid is also one of many celebrities involved in the “Jeans for Refugees” project. The initiative, run by artist and fashion designer Johny Dar, has celebrities donate their jeans which are turned into art and then auctioned off online. Committed to helping refugees around the world, 100 percent of proceeds go toward the International Rescue Committee.
Dar explains the incredible reason behind his work, “Refugees are faced with the unimaginable challenge of believing in their dream of a new home and new beginning, after experiencing the devastating effects of war and destruction. ‘Jeans for Refugees’ seeks to support that dream… inspiring individual and collective action…”
Another way the Hadids help global charities is through their ties with the Global Lyme Alliance (GLA). Its mission is “Conquering Tick-borne Disease through Research & Education.” For its second annual Uniting for a Lyme-Free World Gala (#GLAGala16) in New York City, GLA raised nearly $3 million, which will advance additional research, Lyme education and awareness programs. Bella Hadid appeared as an honoree for the night, sharing her personal journey with Lyme disease. Her mother, Yolanda Hadid, attended as one of the gala’s co-chairs who helped organize the event.
Using their platform in a positive way, the Hadids help global charities and raise awareness for widespread issues such as poverty, disease and the distribution of education. Their charitable efforts not only inspire fans but have certainly made a drastic difference in the lives of those in need.
– Mikaela Frigillana