Gigi Hadid made headlines on Monday with an Instagram post that shut down critics who have expressed negative comments about her body. In the lengthy missive to online body shamers, the model wrote, "I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high-fashion before...Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm fitting into my sample sizes. Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body." With a flurry of interest surrounding her positive message, Gigi has now explained what prompted her to post such an honest letter.
“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,” the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills daughter told Vogue. “There are people who feel like they’re able to hide behind their usernames and their private accounts, who feel like they can say whatever they want and it won’t affect anyone. I try not to pay attention to it that much, but it got to a point where I started to feel self-conscious about certain things — in the way that I felt that my walk, for example, is unique and I also felt like I needed to improve it. When you see that people are not only saying [negative things] but are saying them in a very, very hurtful way, you start to pay more attention to it.”
It was a powerful message that garnered support from other stars, including Kris Jenner and Tyra Banks. “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, who posted [the Instagram letter] and who is someone I’ve looked up to for my entire life," she said. "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.”
She also got love from her mom, RHOBH star Yolanda Foster, who headed to Twitter to support her daughter.
And ICYMI, see how Gigi and sister Bella Hadid have taken the fashion world by storm.