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Model Bella Hadid on Monday apologized for an Instagram picture that sparked outrage on social media among some who interpreted it as disrespectful to Arab countries.
"This was an honest mistake on an early morning ... never, ever would I intentionally try to offend anyone like that. I am so sorry," Hadid wrote on Twitter.
Hadid on Sunday posted a photo on her Instagram story that showed her foot pressed up against the window of an airport facing a trio of airplanes, CNN reported. One plane featured the flag for UAE and another for Saudi Arabia on the wing.
Social media users said that the angle of her foot in the photo looked like she was kicking the flags on the planes and the hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist began trending.
BBC noted that certain cultures see displaying the sole of your shoe to someone is an insulting, implying that person is lower than the dirt.
The supermodel said she never noticed the planes in the background and insisted that her photo had "nothing to do with politics."
Hadid, whose mother is Dutch American and father is Palestinian American, posted a lengthy apology in both English and Arabic to her more than 24.7 million Instagram followers.
"To begin, I would never want my posts or platform to be used for hate against anyone, especially those of my own beautiful and powerful heritage," Hadid wrote. "I love and care so much about the Muslim and Arab side of my family, as well as my brothers and sisters throughout the world."
"Not only do I have so much respect from the bottom of my heart, I have always tried to stand up for what I feel is right, especially regarding the great Middle East," she continued. "I have never and will never be the one to talk down on those countries ... only to spread love, and the true beauty of them, as the way I was taught by my Teta and my father."