Gigi Hadid is, undoubtedly, one of the most in-demand models in the world right now. Not only is she fronting the hottest, high-profile campaigns, but she’s also taking the catwalk by storm in her second foray with fashion month.
On the surface, she’s living the dream. However, one of her latest stints on the runway has resulted in her being body shamed beyond belief.
After the 20-year-old walked the catwalk at Tommy Hilfiger’s SS16 show during New York Fashion Week, she had barely changed back into her own clothes as an influx of abuse rolled in on her social media outlets.
Some users claimed that she was ‘fat’ (seriously, WTF?), had more cellulite than the other models and didn’t ‘deserve to be up there’. Venomous, isn’t it?
While many stars appear to shrug off the horrible comments they receive on social media, Gigi went on to reveal that the terrible words did go on to haunt her in a very raw Instagram note, which she posted to her feed yesterday.
Here it is in full (in case your eyesight is just as terrible as ours): ‘So many people are quick to comment on negative opinions this month. Yes, judgement on social media comes from people who, 99% of the time, have no idea what they’re talking about, but I’m human, and I’m not going to lie, I did let the negativity get to me a little.’
‘I came to the realisation that when one gets to this point, it’s important to rethink why you’re doing what you do. What your message is. What you have to say.’
Taking a strong stance, Gigi continued: ‘No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in the show. No, I don’t think I’m the best at any given show. Yes, I want to have a unique walk but I also know I have to improve. No, I’m not the first or last model of my type in the industry. You can make up all the reasons you think I am where I am, but really, I’m a hard worker that’s confident in myself, one that came at a time where the fashion industry was ready for a change. I am just doing my job.’
‘I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high fashion before, and I'm very lucky to be supported by the designers, stylists, and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, this is art; it can never stay the same.’
‘It's 2015. But if you're not one of those people, don't take your anger out on me. Yes I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment.’
‘I'm fitting into the sample sizes. Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body, they don't make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don't change the designers opinions of me. If they want me in their shows, I'm in it; if they don't, I'm not. That's just how it is and how it will be. If you don't like it, don't follow me, don't watch me, cause I'm not going anywhere.'
Finishing off her argument, she said: 'If I didn't have the body I do, I wouldn't have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I'm proud of it. I've said it before... I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about the things that inspire them over the things that bring others down. At least be open if not part of the change, because it's undeniably happening. Happy PFW xx G.’
Gigi, we couldn’t agree with you more…