Fellow Model Blanca Padilla Responds to Gigi Hadid's Letter to Body Shamers
The Victoria's Secret model sounds off on what the #RHOBH daughter got right and wrong in her recent open letter.
Last month, Gigi Hadid spoke out against body-shaming critics in an open letter on Instagram. However, Spanish model Blanca Padilla has mixed feelings about what The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills daughter wrote. "I agree with what she said, but on the other hand I want equality for everyone," said Blanca during an interview with Risto Mejide on the Spanish show Al Rincón via an English translation on The Fashion Spot (as pointed out by Cosmopolitan). "She doesn’t mention her name or situation at all. I don’t have a problem with the fact that you’re a curvy girl on the runway, I support that. But if it was me with your same measurements going to a casting, they would send me home to lose weight. Most of us have to conform to extreme measurements, because otherwise we won’t book any jobs while others have the privilege to say that designers love them despite their curves."
The Victoria's Secret model said she believes Gigi's massive social following (she currently has 7.5 million followers on Instagram) may have something to do with her success in the industry. "Well then, why do they love you? Maybe your millions of followers on Instagram might have something to do with it as well," she said.
Though Blanca acknowledged that social media has helped her career as well, she did say that she believes its importance may be overvalued in the modeling world. "I do benefit from social media, but I think their influence is too crazy now. There are models who are only booked because of how many followers they have only, and there are very valid models out there who aren’t booking many jobs because they don’t have social media, and they might be as valid, if not more, than some of the popular girls now," Blanca said. "So everything is quite perplexing now, not fair for everyone and definitely not equal for everyone."
While we wait and see if Gigi has anything to say about Blanca's comments, see the supermodel looking fiercely fearless in the photos, below.