Gigi Hadid may be one of the most stunning models in the world – but even she isn’t immune to fat shaming.
Yep, despite the fact that the 20-year-old has walked in huge shows, scored major campaigns and appeared on numerous magazine covers, Gigi has been subject to some seriously cruel comments about her ‘curves’ on Twitter.
Clearly, this is totally ridiculous. And Gigi isn’t going to stand for it.
So she decided to share an inspiring post on her Twitter page, where she told fans that she believes she’s successful because she isn’t a traditional model.
As expected, Gigi’s post provoked quite a reaction, with her fellow models Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham and Tyra Banks joining in the crusade. Even Kendall’s mum Kris lent her support.
Now Gigi has explained exactly why she chose to make a stand.
Speaking at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York last night, Gigi said: “I said it in my post – that I am human and try not to read it all the time – but it does get to me.”
“I think that when you go through something like that, and you’re really almost letting it affect what you think of yourself – it was getting to a place where I was almost like ‘Should I be here?’ And I was like, ‘This isn’t okay. I shouldn’t be questioning doing my job because people are being mean on the Internet’.”
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“So I just felt like I wasn’t scared to have a voice. Some people might think that it was maybe aggressive, but I just think that I was doing it because I want to stand up for myself. I think that I have the right to have a say because we all do on social media.”
“People need to realise that their words mean something, and it does hurt. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a social figure. We all feel it.”
Meanwhile, Gigi’s beau Joe Jonas has been bursting with pride for his other half.
He told E! News: “I’m really proud of her. I think it’s something that needs to be spoken about, especially in that community. The industry seems to be changing for models, and it’s great that she can have a voice.”
Gigi previously told Vogue:
“These are obviously also people that don’t think of you as an actual human with actual feelings, which I think is a really big problem right now in social media.
“I honestly broke down, I started crying at the multiple text messages I got today from everyone, from Victoria’s Secret models to plus-size models to people like Tyra Banks.
“Those are the people who really touched me because I know those are the people who are the most emotionally affected within the fashion industry by this type of criticism.”
Good on you, Gigi.