Gigi Hadid Fires Back At Body Bullies: “I Love That I Can Be Sexy”
Gigi Hadid is firing back at body bullies after being tormented online in recent weeks.
Hadid participated in New York Fashion Week earlier this month, leading to haters to flood her social media accounts with cruel comments about her size. By most accounts, the model is stunning, but there are apparently people out there who rather hide behind their computers and engage in body-shaming than celebrate Hadid’s curves. On Monday morning, Hadid hit back with a poignant open letter she posted on Instagram.
“So many people are so quick to comment 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,” Hadid’s post began.
“No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in shows. 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 the last model of my type in this 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’m just doing my job.
I represent a body a body image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before, and I’m very lucky to be supported by designers, stylists, and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, it’s 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. 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.”
Hadid went on to say, “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.” The star, whose mom is Yolanda Foster, concluded by wishing everyone a “happy” Paris Fashion Week.
So far, Hadid’s post is being met with praise, including from Kris Jenner. The momager of fellow model Kendall Jenner re-posted the statement and wrote, “This is from one of the sweetest, smartest, and most beautiful girl inside and out, in the world.” Jenner questioned, “Why do people with no life, no purpose, who are angry and bitter and ignorant, or just plain nasty and mean, choose to bring everyone else down instead of finding the best in others?”
“I will never understand the BULLYS [sic] that lurk on Instagram just to try and ruin someone else’s spirit. If all of their horrible negative energy was focused on being positive and seeing good, imagine what a better more peaceful place this world would be,” Jenner continued. “Spread love and joy everyone, not hate. It only reflects what kind of person you are. Something good might come of it…lift others up. Do unto others as you would like done to you….Love One Another.”
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