Models with Down syndrome light up the runway at Jeddah’s bazaar

ByJames I. Robertson

Apr 24, 2022


DUBAI: Gigi Hadid turned 27 on April 23, and the fashion and beauty crowd took to Instagram in droves over the weekend to wish the Dutch-Palestinian model a happy birthday.

Bella Hadid, the newly minted 27-year-old sister, sent the well wishes, with a heartwarming message accompanied by a carousel of photos of the sisters, including several childhood snaps.

“Happy birthday to my big sister. Thank you for being born so I could be born, that was so sweet of you,” she joked.

Bella Hadid posted a series of photos on her Instagram story celebrating her sister. instagram

“Thank you for being the best sister, mom, daughter, human bean ever. You teach me something new every day and sometimes I just smile because I feel so lucky to be your little sister,” she added.

Top designers also took to the social media photo-sharing platform to celebrate the girl’s birthday, including Donatella Versace, Riccardo Tisci, Michael Kors and Charlotte Tilbury.

“Happy birthday to my beautiful princess. Gigi, I know you will have the best day celebrating with Khai – you both deserve the world and more,” Versace wrote.

Fellow models Mona Tougaard, Joan Smalls, Candice Swanepoel and Vittoria Ceretti all took to Instagram Stories to share touching messages.

Her father, Palestinian real estate tycoon Mohamed Hadid, also paid tribute to the catwalk star on his special day, who shared a thoughtful birthday message on his feed.

“Guess what day it is today. She is the Princess of Nazareth. Self-taught, hardworking, intelligent and loves and respects all people from all religious backgrounds,” he captioned a throwback photo of Gigi as a child. “The greatest mother, daughter and sister,” he added.

On the morning of Gigi’s birthday, Bella was spotted at the Balloon Saloon in New York where she picked up a bunch of balloons, including one shaped like a hot dog, before taking them to her sister’s apartment.

Later, the model was joined by loved ones including Bella, Blake Lively, Emily Ratajkowski, Martha Hunt and Helena Christensen at Zero Bond in New York, where she celebrated her big day.

Her ex-partner, former One Direction star Zayn Malik, with whom she shares a daughter, was not present at the party.

For the occasion, Hadid looked ethereal in an all-white Dion Lee ensemble that included a boned floral lace corset, sheer pants and matching lace coat.

This year is going to be exciting for Gigi as she certainly has a lot to look forward to.

The mother-of-one recently revealed she is launching her own clothing line and is also set to co-host the second season of Netflix’s ‘Next in Fashion’ alongside British TV personality Tan France.

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