The model posed in a couple of photographs while she was wearing the face mask, pointed out to the New York police officers for not doing the same
Bella Hadid has a simple request for New York residents and their authorities: to wear masks; a plea that she makes by leading by example.
Last Wednesday the model took to the streets of the city that never sleeps when she met some members of the New York Police Department (NYPD). It was at that moment that Hadid realized that none of them was wearing masks, so she decided to expose them on her Instagram account.
In the first image, the model posed in the middle of the street, wearing a black mask and turning to where there were three policemen who were not wearing personal protective equipment. “You guys look dumb,” Hadid wrote within her post. She also accompanied it with a title in capital letters that said: “WEAR MASKS“.
Shortly after this encounter, the model encountered another larger group of officers in which none were wearing face masks.
For the second photograph, the 23-year-old woman not only posed again in front of the group of policemen, but also accompanied the image by showing the police officers the middle finger with the same phrase in capital letters, and another: “ Hello NYPD, the Masks are for everyone’s health, not just yours,” Hadid explained.
According to E! News, NYPD representatives did not respond to questions.
According to a mandate issued by the New York City government, it is mandatory to use some type of face coverage when you are living with people you do not live with, as well as in closed places that are not the home of the person.
“A New York State mandate requires everyone to cover their faces when they are away from home if they cannot keep at least 6 feet away from others. Examples include walking on the street, going to pharmacies and grocery stores, or going to the doctor. You must wear a face mask at all times when travelling by public transport, such as the subway, ferry, bus, taxis, and car services”, dictates the document.
This is not the first time that the model has used her social networks to raise awareness during the quarantine. Last month, Hadid shared a photo of herself participating in food drives.
She has also used her platform to denounce police brutality, publicize petitions that can be signed, as well as the case of Breonna Taylor, whose attention was not as strong as that of George Floyd.
In addition to this, Hadid denounced when Instagram deleted the passport photograph of her father, Mohamed Hadid, a Palestinian man.
“Instagram removed the story where I simply said, ‘my slime and my birthplace, Palestine’ with a photograph of her American passport. Exactly what part of my father’s birthplace in Palestine is ‘bullying, harassment, graphic or sexual nudity’? Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This to me is bullying. You cannot erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that,” the model complained to her 32 million followers.
More recently, she used the social platform to raise awareness about the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon last Tuesday. The young woman reported that she will make direct donations to the Lebanese Red Cross, as well as to seven other organizations based in Beirut.