Gigi Hadid defends Tommy Hilfiger over body shaming row
Gigi Hadid has broken her silence over the Tommy Hilfiger body shaming controversy.
The American fashion designer was forced to defend comments he made during an interview with Yahoo Style last week (ends 06Nov16), in which it was reported that his casting director dressed Gigi in a poncho during his A/W15 show because she wasn’t “as thin” as the other models.
Hilfiger released a statement after the interview was published saying the headline had been misleading and that she was "the definition of a Tommy Girl".
Now, Gigi has spoken out to defend Hilfiger over the situation, praising the veteran designer for supporting her throughout her career.
"Tommy was rooting for me and... regardless of what the stylist of that season said or what he put me in," she told Access Hollywood on Wednesday (09Nov16). “Tommy wanted me in the show and Tommy was pushing for me and Tommy loved my curves."
The 21-year-old, who just weeks ago announced she would be designing a second Tommy x Gigi collection for the brand, also made it clear she had been aware of the decision to put her in the poncho but that Hilfiger’s comments "were part of a wider conversation that wasn't shown."
The following season, the same casting director dressed Gigi in a skimpy crochet bikini for the fall New York Fashion Week show.
"So I think you learn,” she added. “And I think that’s something brands had to become more accepting of."
For his part, Hilfiger has also sought to clarify any confusion surrounding his remarks.
"The casting people put Gigi in the poncho, and I was not happy," he said to Page Six in reference to the controversial interview. "I was saying, 'Don't hide her body'...The suggestion that I thought she wasn’t thin enough upsets me to no end. Gigi is the epitome of perfection."
Gigi has also starred in other Tommy Hilfiger shows since 2015, and is the face of Tommy Hilfiger fragrance The Girl.