Supermodel-turned-designer Gigi Hadid, who is also a passionate ambassador for UNICEF, is determined to use her huge platform for good.
In an emotional speech in front of her three sisters and an eclectic crowd at today’s Variety Power of Women awards, Hadid talked about posting on Instagram — where she has 47 million followers — during a recent trip to Bangladesh with UNICEF. Through social media, she raised awareness about a refugee camp that houses the Rohingya people, a majority Muslim ethnic group that is trying to escape Myanmar.
Gigi and Bella Hadid at the Variety Power of Women awards.
“These women and girls had such desire to do more, to be more, and to get educated to better their lives,” Hadid said at Cipriani in New York. “When we asked them how Unicef could help in different ways, and most importantly, what they wanted us to tell the world about them, what it really boiled down to was that they want an identity.”
Yara Shahidi and honoree Taraji P. Henson
Hadid – who said she had struggled with the purpose of social media at times — now understands its power. “Be a voice for someone, support someone, encourage someone, tell someone how they inspire