Power couple ZiGi welcomed their daughter Khai Hadid Malik in September 2020 and ever since then fans can’t get enough of this family. Even though couple decided to not share Khai’s identity on social media they often make everyone’s days better by posting pics of baby Kahai on their social media handle (hiding her face of course).
Recently in a candid interview with Vice’s i-D, Gigi Hadid spoke passionately about how she and Zayn Malik are approaching parenthood and raising their daughter so that she is able to accept her multiethnic identity. Gigi was born to Dutch-American mother Yolanda Hadid and Palestinian father Mohamed Hadid meanwhile her boyfriend and singer Zayn Malik is a British-Pakistani which means both of them have dealt with the experiences of being mixed race.
Talking about it she said “We [Zayn and me] think about it and talk about it a lot as partners and it’s something that’s really important to us, but it’s also something that we first experienced ourselves,” she started. “Because both of our parents have their own heritage, We are that first generation of those mixed races, and then that comes with that first generational experience of being like, ‘Oh damn, I’m the bridge!’. That’s not something that my parents experienced or that they can really help me through. It’s something I’ve always thought about my whole life.”
“In certain situations, I feel–or I’m made to feel–that I’m too white to stand up for part of my Arab heritage,” Hadid continued. “You go through life trying to figure out where you fit in racially. Is what I am, or what I have, enough to do what I feel is right? But then, also, is that taking advantage of the privilege of having the whiteness within me, right? Am I allowed to speak for this side of me, or is that speaking on something that I don’t experience enough to know? Do you know what I’m saying?”
“I think that Khai will grow up feeling out the way that she can or wants to be a bridge for her different ethnicities,” Hadid said. “But I think that it will be nice to be able to have those conversations, and see where she comes from [with] it, without us putting that onto her. What comes from her is what I’m most excited about, and being able to add to that or answer her questions, you know?”