In Cannes, the model Bella Hadid, in a keffiyeh dress paying tribute to Palestine, plays with censorship

Bella Hadid is used to showing her support for the Palestinian people. But while the Cannes festival prohibits demonstrations on its red carpet, Bella Hadid took advantage of other occasions to wear a keffiyeh dress, symbol of Palestine. Courage or performative activism?

After Cate Blanchett and Leïla Bekhti, other personalities show their support for the Palestinian people in the middle of the Cannes festival. This is the case of the top Bella Hadid.

This content is blocked because you have not accepted cookies and other trackers. This content is provided by Instagram.
To be able to view it, you must accept the use carried out by Instagram with your data which may be used for the following purposes: allowing you to view and share content with social media, promoting the development and improvement of products from Humanoid and its partners, display personalized advertisements to you in relation to your profile and activity, define a personalized advertising profile, measure the performance of advertisements and content on this site and measure the audience of this site (find out more more)

I accept everything

Manage my choices

Why is Bella Hadid’s keffiyeh dress, symbol of Palestine, so talked about at the Cannes Film Festival?

On May 23, 2024, on the sidelines of the red carpets of the largest film festival on the planet, the 27-year-old Dutch-Palestinian model wore a dress inspired by the keffiyeh, symbol of Palestine. This is an archive model from 2001 by Michael & Hushi. This may be a detail for you, but Cannes film festival whose general delegate Thierry Frémaux refuses political demonstrations, that means a lot.

type="image/avif"> type="image/webp">>>
In an Instagram story from May 23, 2024, Bella Hadid made it official that her keffiyeh dress was her way of expressing her support for the Palestinian people with the explicit: “Free Palestine forever”.

It is because it is forbidden to demonstrate there that the slightest gesture suddenly takes on a lot of meaning, even appears as a act of bravery. This is why the Jean Paul Gaultier dress by Haider Ackermann worn by Cate Blanchett for the climb of the steps on May 20, 2024 caused so much talk. Because its colors (black on the front, pink tending to white in the back, with a green reverse) formed the flag of Palestine with the red of the carpet. Same thing for Leïla Bekhti’s simple watermelon slice pin (symbol of Palestinian resistance) on May 15. More explicit, actress Pascale Kann provided her support through a top in the colors of the country where it reads “Palestine” in Arabic.

This content is blocked because you have not accepted cookies and other trackers. This content is provided by Instagram.
To be able to view it, you must accept the use carried out by Instagram with your data which may be used for the following purposes: allowing you to view and share content with social media, promoting the development and improvement of products from Humanoid and its partners, display personalized advertisements to you in relation to your profile and activity, define a personalized advertising profile, measure the performance of advertisements and content on this site and measure the audience of this site (find out more more)

I accept everything

Manage my choices

So, some find the gestures of Bella Hadid, Cate Blanchett, Leïla Bekhti or even Pascale Kann insufficient, even insignificant. Others even accuse them of a form of performative activism, that is to say an ostentatious demonstration of virtue without any concrete action being carried out behind it.

Cate Blanchett, Leïla Bekhti, Bella Hadid who support Palestine in Cannes: militant act or performative activism?

But this forgets that Bella Hadid has often spoken out more explicitly to defend the Palestinian people, at the risk of losing many fashion and beauty contracts. That Cate Blanchett has already called for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, as goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR (the United Nations refugee agency) before the European Parliament in November 2023. That Leïla Bekhti, as Unicef ​​ambassador, warned of the tragic fate of children in Gaza in April 2024.

Whether we like it or not, cinema contributes to shaping our imaginations, and therefore our vision of the world and its understanding.. The fashion and beauty industries have understood this well by making actresses their muses with contracts worth millions of euros. And because we project so much onto actresses, they can also serve as spokespersons, even standard bearers for an entire society.

This is particularly illustrated by the #MeToo movement, launched in 2007, but which only gained the impact we currently have once it reached the cinema industry in 2017. When we see at the top of the ranking of the most hated celebrities in 2024 established by Ranker according to votes from the public, Amber Heard and Meghan Markle, this further confirms how much this profession (and the body of actresses in particular), can crystallize the tensions in society. And, perhaps, help to tip it over. So, in the context of this famous Cannes festival which prohibits demonstrations, it is perhaps less performative activism than a sacred performance of activism.

Laura Blajman-Kadar and Philippe Toretton pay tribute to Hamas hostages in Cannes

This content is blocked because you have not accepted cookies and other trackers. This content is provided by Twitter.
To be able to view it, you must accept the use carried out by Twitter with your data which may be used for the following purposes: allowing you to view and share content with social media, promoting the development and improvement of products from Humanoid and its partners, display personalized advertisements to you in relation to your profile and activity, define a personalized advertising profile, measure the performance of advertisements and content on this site and measure the audience of this site (find out more more)

I accept everything

Manage my choices

Note also that Laura Blajman-Kadar, survivor of the Hamas attack at the Supernova festival on October 7, 2023, also climbed the steps of the Cannes festival with a dress paying tribute to the Israeli hostages held by the Palestinian Islamist and nationalist movement. And that the actor Philippe Toretton displayed a pin of support for these same hostages (a yellow ribbon). Because the war of images is not only being played out on the screens of the Cannes festival, but also on its red carpet and its hyper-media coverage.

This content is blocked because you have not accepted cookies and other trackers. This content is provided by Twitter.
To be able to view it, you must accept the use carried out by Twitter with your data which may be used for the following purposes: allowing you to view and share content with social media, promoting the development and improvement of products from Humanoid and its partners, display personalized advertisements to you in relation to your profile and activity, define a personalized advertising profile, measure the performance of advertisements and content on this site and measure the audience of this site (find out more more)

I accept everything

Manage my choices

The latest articles about
Fashion industry


-

-

NEXT Meghan Markle and Harry found the perfect nanny for their children Archie and Lilibet, but not everyone likes her