When Condé Nast first announced that it would launch its 22nd international edition of Vogue magazine, Vogue Arabia, it broke boundaries in a number of ways

It is the first Vogue to launch digitally first, as well as the first to market to an entire region. Its groundbreaking first print issue is here, and Editor-in-Chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has chosen supermodel Gigi Hadid as its first-ever cover girl.

"In one poised photograph, she communicates a thousand words to a region that's been waiting far too long for its Vogue voice to speak," writes Abdulaziz, "The collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history and there's no better first 'face' to lead the charge for Vogue Arabia than Gigi, a model who defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation." Hadid may seem like a controversial choice — there are already commenters on Vogue Arabia's Instagram asking why another model wasn't given this honor — but she reminds her followers on Instagram that she is half-Palestinian.

"I think the beautiful thing about there being international Vogue's is that, as a fashion community, we are able to celebrate, and share with the world, different cultures," Hadid writes on Instagram. 'Being half-Palestinian, it means the world to me to be on the first-ever cover(s) of @voguearabia, and I hope that this magazine will show another layer of the fashion industry's desire to continue to accept, celebrate, and incorporate all people & customs and make everyone feel like they have fashion images and moments they can relate to... & learn and grow in doing so."

The covers are stunning, featuring Hadid in an embroidered veil. The editorial was styled by Brandon Maxwell and shot by Inez and Vinoodh; we can't wait to see the full issue, which hits newsstands on March 5.

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