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Bella and Mohamed Hadid attends VIP fashion awards show in Qatar despite human rights controversy

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Bella Hadid, Naomi Campbell and Poppy Delevingne a host of celebrities at the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize ceremony in Qatar capital city Doha on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding the country’s appalling human rights record. 

Bella, 26, who has previously been vocal about social justice issues, appeared to be in the mood to party as she attended the event at the city’s National Museum alongside her father Mohamed Hadid.

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The event comes just weeks ahead of the Qatar World Cup, with the country facing growing criticism over its treatment of women, migrant workers and LGBT people.

Event: Bella Hadid led a host of celebrities attending the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize ceremony in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding human rights in the country (pictured with her father Mohamed)

Event: Bella Hadid led a host of celebrities attending the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize ceremony in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday amid controversy surrounding human rights in the country (pictured with her father Mohamed)

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In recent weeks, Bella has spoken out on social media about the current protests in Iran, following the death of a young woman who died after being arrested by the morality police.

She shared several posts from human right activist and designer, Celine Semaan Vernon including her own impassioned message.

Since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was revealed, women across the Islamic Republic have been burning their hijabs, the head covering mandated by the Iranian government, and cutting their hair.

‘Our sisters are being murdered for the right to be. The right to exist in all their freedom, she wrote, ‘The freedom of choosing of their sovereignty over their own bodies. Unarmed, facing with police and their weapons. How can women make a militarized dominant majority so threatened and insecure?’

Guest: Bella wore a navy figure-hugging dress at the event which she paired with eye-catching silver earrings

Guest: Bella wore a navy figure-hugging dress at the event which she paired with eye-catching silver earrings

Upbeat: The American supermodel appeared to be in high spirits as she crossed paths with fellow guest Paula Abdul at the event in Qatar on Wednesday evening

Upbeat: The American supermodel appeared to be in high spirits as she crossed paths with fellow guest Paula Abdul at the event in Qatar on Wednesday evening

Upbeat: The American supermodel appeared to be in high spirits as she crossed paths with fellow guest Paula Abdul at the event in Qatar on Wednesday evening 

Looking good: Paula caught the eye in a glittering pink sequinned evening gown as she made her presence felt at the event

Looking good: Paula caught the eye in a glittering pink sequinned evening gown as she made her presence felt at the event 

Memorable night: The Fashion Trust Arabia Awards are part of year-round cultural events culminating the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 football tournament

Memorable night: The Fashion Trust Arabia Awards are part of year-round cultural events culminating the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 football tournament 

And the award for best dressed goes to: Bella's culturally appropriate outfit ensured she stood out on a night of high glamour in the Arab state

And the award for best dressed goes to: Bella's culturally appropriate outfit ensured she stood out on a night of high glamour in the Arab state

And the award for best dressed goes to: Bella’s culturally appropriate outfit ensured she stood out on a night of high glamour in the Arab state 

Strike a pose: She posed for an obligatory series of photos shortly after arriving at the glamorous ceremony

Strike a pose: She posed for an obligatory series of photos shortly after arriving at the glamorous ceremony  

Daddy's girl: Bella held hands with her father as they posed for photos on the red carpet in Doha

Daddy’s girl: Bella held hands with her father as they posed for photos on the red carpet in Doha 

Anger: Nations have spoken out against the country and its position as 2022 World Cup host (pictured: A 'boycott Qatar 2022' banner, unfurled during a UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City)

Anger: Nations have spoken out against the country and its position as 2022 World Cup host (pictured: A ‘boycott Qatar 2022’ banner, unfurled during a UEFA Champions League group G match between Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City)

Style: Also in attendance at the event was Poppy Delevingne who opted for a sleeveless white dress with a feathered detail along the chest and a light grey dot print

Don't mind me: But Poppy was hard to miss a she posed for photos

Style: Also in attendance at the event was Poppy Delevingne who opted for a sleeveless white dress with a feathered detail along the chest and a light grey dot print

Fashion: The model cinched her waist with a gold strap while she added height to her frame with a pair of heels

Fashion: The model cinched her waist with a gold strap while she added height to her frame with a pair of heels

‘The control of our bodies is the same need to control our lands our earth. Patriarchy is the disease.’

Bella has also been vocal about her opinions on the geopolitical conflict between Israel and Palestine on social media in the past.

In one post, she said: ‘I feel a deep sense of pain for Palestine and for my Palestinian brothers and sisters today and everyday. watching these videos physically breaks my heart into 100 different pieces.

‘You cannot allow yourself to be desensitized to watching human life being taken. You just can’t. Palestinian lives are the lives that will help change the world. And they are being taken from us by the second. #FreePalestine.’ 

Bella wore a navy figure-hugging dress at the event which she paired with eye-catching silver earrings.

Elegant: Janet Jackson wore a pair of black leather trousers along with a matching blazer with a sheer train

Elegant: Janet Jackson wore a pair of black leather trousers along with a matching blazer with a sheer train

Centre of attention: The R&B legend posed on a specially built stage as she arrived at the event on Wednesday evening

Centre of attention: The R&B legend posed on a specially built stage as she arrived at the event on Wednesday evening

Flawless: Jourdan Dunn wore a white long-sleeves dress with a cut out detail and leg split

Fashion: She paired it with gold heels

Flawless: Jourdan Dunn wore a white long-sleeves dress with a cut out detail and leg split

Red carpet: Maya Jama opted for a black flowing dress and a matching pair of tights

Red carpet: Maya Jama opted for a black flowing dress and a matching pair of tights

Also in attendance at the event was Poppy Delevingne who opted for a sleeveless white dress with a feathered detail along the chest and a light grey dot print.

The model cinched her waist with a gold strap while she added height to her frame with a pair of heels.

Olivia Culpo opted for a sleeveless champagne dress with a plunging neckline that highlighted her incredible figure.

The garment also featured a pleated hemline and a bejewelled embellishment while Olivia added tok her outfit with a pair of diamond earrings.

Fellow model Neelam Gill turned heads in a gold strapless gown with a cinched waist and a dramatic train.

Star: Love Island host Maya styled her locks into loose curls for the evening

Star: Love Island host Maya styled her locks into loose curls for the evening

She's pleased: The new Love Island presenter flashed a smile as she greeted onlookers at the star-studded event

She's pleased: The new Love Island presenter flashed a smile as she greeted onlookers at the star-studded event

She’s pleased: The new Love Island presenter flashed a smile as she greeted onlookers at the star-studded event 

Radiant: Leomie Anderson (left) opted for a green long-sleeved gown

Looking good: She also sported a pair of black heels

Trendy: Real Housewives of Dubai star Chanel Ayan donned a shimmering crop top and an asymmetric skirt 

Make way: Sabrina Elba ensured she claimed her fair share of the spotlight as she arrived at The National Museum of Qatar

Make way: Sabrina Elba ensured she claimed her fair share of the spotlight as she arrived at The National Museum of Qatar

Looking good: The model opted for a glamorous pink cape with sequinned embellishments for her latest public appearance

Looking good: The model opted for a glamorous pink cape with sequinned embellishments for her latest public appearance

Looking good: The model opted for a glamorous pink cape with sequinned embellishments for her latest public appearance

Smart: Ed Westwick looked dapper in a white blazer which he wore with a matching shirt, along with black trousers and bow tie

Smart: Ed Westwick looked dapper in a white blazer which he wore with a matching shirt, along with black trousers and bow tie

Breathtaking: Neelam Gill turned heads in a gold strapless gown with a cinched waist and a dramatic train

Beauty: The star also carried a dark brown handbag while she styled her raven locks into loose waves

Breathtaking: Neelam Gill turned heads in a gold strapless gown with a cinched waist and a dramatic train

Wow: Olivia Culpo opted for a sleeveless champagne dress with a plunging neckline that highlighted her incredible figure

Wow: Olivia Culpo opted for a sleeveless champagne dress with a plunging neckline that highlighted her incredible figure

The star also carried a dark brown handbag while she styled her raven locks into loose waves.

Ed looked dapper in a white blazer which he wore with a matching shirt, along with black trousers and bow tie, while Leomie Anderson looked incredible in a light green gown with a sheer detail and dramatic train.

Elsewhere R&B legend Janet Jackson wore a pair of black leather trousers along with a matching blazer with a sheer train. The singer also sported a chinky black belt and added height to her frame with a matching pair of boots. 

The event comes just weeks ahead of the Qatar World Cup, which has faced growing criticism over its treatment of women, migrant workers & the LGBTQ+ community. 

The decision by FIFA to hold the World Cup in Qatar has been surrounded by controversy – not least because the Arab state’s extreme summer temperatures have resulted in the tournament being pushed back to the winter for the first time in its 92-year history. 

Side by side: (L-R) Adrienne Everett, Ikram Abdi Omar, Halima Aden and Chanel Ayan attend the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize 2022 Awards in Doha, Qatar

Side by side: (L-R) Adrienne Everett, Ikram Abdi Omar, Halima Aden and Chanel Ayan attend the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize 2022 Awards in Doha, Qatar 

Old friends: Paula Abdul shared the spotlight with Janet Jackson, who was making a rare public appearance at the event on Wednesday evening

Old friends: Paula Abdul shared the spotlight with Janet Jackson, who was making a rare public appearance at the event on Wednesday evening

Old friends: Paula Abdul shared the spotlight with Janet Jackson, who was making a rare public appearance at the event on Wednesday evening 

Say cheese: A smartly dressed Zuhair Murad posed alongside glamorous model Jasmine Tookes on the red carpet

Say cheese: A smartly dressed Zuhair Murad posed alongside glamorous model Jasmine Tookes on the red carpet 

Quite a pair: Precious Lee joined Poppy Delevingne for a glamorous photo as they crossed paths on Wednesday evening

Quite a pair: Precious Lee joined Poppy Delevingne for a glamorous photo as they crossed paths on Wednesday evening 

Radiant: Leomie Anderson opted for a green long-sleeved gown

Style: Karolina Kurkova sported a white dress with a floral print

Radiant: Leomie Anderson (left) opted for a green long-sleeved gown while Karolina Kurkova (right) sported a white dress with a floral print

Incredible: Jasmine Tookes sported a black gown with a gold sequinned print and high collar

Incredible: Jasmine Tookes sported a black gown with a gold sequinned print and high collar

Qatar has faced intense scrutiny of the physical and contractual conditions for hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in the tiny emirate since the World Cup hosting rights were won 12 years ago.

It is yet to be seen how much time World Cup broadcasters will spend highlighting the allegations against the Qatari government, which include 2013 claims by The Guardian that workers were denied food, water, and were stripped of their passports.

Some allege they were not paid, or if they were, the payments were minimal and long overdue. A 2019 Daily Mirror investigation found that 28,000 workers were paid roughly $1 an hour over a 48-hour week.

Most damning, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015 that over 1,200 workers died building the infrastructure for the tournament. Last year, The Guardian put that figure at closer to 6,500.

Colourful: Fashion journalist Anna Dello Russo donned a purple top and matching skirt with a bright red bow

Colourful: Fashion journalist Anna Dello Russo donned a purple top and matching skirt with a bright red bow

Rubbing shoulders: Jourdan Dunn and Neelam Gill

... and Neelam Gill with Leomie Anderson at the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize 2022 Awards ceremony

Rubbing shoulders: Jourdan Dunn and Neelam Gill (L) and Neelam Gill with Leomie Anderson (R) at the Fashion Trust Arabia Prize 2022 Awards ceremony

In attendance: Singer Maxwell was also present as the glamorous fashion event got underway in Qatar on Wednesday night

In attendance: Singer Maxwell was also present as the glamorous fashion event got underway in Qatar on Wednesday night 

Qatar also punishes homosexuality with imprisonment and considers men to be the guardians of their female relatives.

It also has strict laws on alcohol, drugs, public intimacy, relationships outside marriage, dress codes and swearing.

In March, FIFA president Gianni Infantino claimed Qatar has been progressive on labor rights: ‘I am pleased to see the strong commitment from the Qatari authorities to ensure the reforms are fully implemented across the labor market, leaving a lasting legacy of the FIFA World Cup long after the event, and benefiting migrant workers in the host country in the long term.’

Some campaigners have urged celebrities to boycott the World Cup, with Robbie Williams and David Beckham both coming under criticism for associating with the competition.

Robbie was recently unveiled as one of the music acts set to play at the Qatar Live concerts during a press conference in Doha.

Meanwhile, David agreed a £10million deal to become an ambassador for the country over a decade, which has resulted in him being the face of the World Cup 2022.

Work in progress: The site of the Fan Village Cabins Free Zone during construction ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Work in progress: The site of the Fan Village Cabins Free Zone during construction ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Coming soon: The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Qatar from November 20, with the final taking place in capital city Doha on December 18 (pictured: People gathering near the World Cup countdown clock in Doha)

Coming soon: The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Qatar from November 20, with the final taking place in capital city Doha on December 18 (pictured: People gathering near the World Cup countdown clock in Doha)

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