Gigi Hadid is donating her income from all of the fashion shows she walked in this season to help those suffering in Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian invasion, as well as those similarly suffering in Palestine.
The supermodel shared photos of some of her biggest runway looks from the past month in an Instagram post on Sunday. Alongside the images, she explained, “Having a set Fashion Month schedule has meant that my colleagues and I often present new fashion collections during heartbreaking and traumatic times in history.” She noted, however, that while models “don’t have control over most of our work schedules,” one thing they can do is “walk ‘for’ something.”
That’s why, Hadid announced, she decided to follow in her friend and fellow model Mica Argañaraz‘s footsteps in “pledging to donate my earnings from the Fall 2022 shows to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine. Our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice. May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war- not leaders.” She concluded the post with “HANDS OFF UKRAINE. HANDS OFF PALESTINE. PEACE. PEACE. PEACE,” and a dove emoji.
In a message on her Instagram Stories on Sunday, Argañaraz kicked off this charitable trend amongst her catwalk colleagues, writing, “I have to say it feels very weird walking fashion shows knowing there’s a war happening in the same continent. I will be donating part of my earnings of this fashion week to help Ukrainian organizations. To my model friends and colleagues and whoever is also struggling with this feeling, perhaps this is something we could all contribute to.” Shortly after the model shared this message, many others jumped on board, including Hadid, her sister Bella, Kaia Gerber, Kiki Willems, Vittoria Ceretti, Francesca Summers, and Aylah Peterson, per The Independent.
Bella, who is also giving away part of her fashion week earnings, reshared Argañaraz’s message on her Stories and added, “We have many Ukrainian friends, colleagues, models, production, casting and to see the lack of communication/knowledge about a war that is subsiding so close is very very sad…Please make sure to ask your Ukrainian AND Russian friends if they are okay. If they need any support. If there is anything WE can do for them. Whether emotionally, mentally, or just a hug. Please reach out and see how you can be of service. If you feel hopeless, the time is now to show up and remind the people around you that are struggling that you care and you are there.”
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