Gigi Hadid: I have the right to defend myself
Gigi Hadid is adamant her decision to publicly slam people for criticising her body wasn't an aggressive move; it was about standing up for herself.
Last week (ends02Oct15) the 20-year-old model used Instagram to hit out at internet trolls who had been fat-shaming her, insisting there was nothing they could say which would make her want to change her body. Gigi's curvy figure had been a hotly-debated topic after she took to many Fashion Week runway in September (15) and October (15), and she admitted reading the remarks had affected her. This is why she decided to open up about what was happening on social media.
"I think that when you go through something like that, and you're really almost letting it affect what you think of yourself - it was getting to a place where I was almost like: 'Should I be here?'" she explained to elle.com at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York on Thursday (08Oct15). "And I was like, 'This isn't OK. I shouldn't be questioning doing my job because people are being mean on the Internet,' so I just felt like I wasn't scared to have a voice. Some people might think that it was maybe aggressive, but I just think that I was doing it because I want to stand up for myself. I think that I have the right to have a say because we all do on social media."
In the post, Gigi explained that she is well aware she is a different shape to some other models, with an ample cleavage and shapely butt. As she still wears the same sample sizes as her peers, she can't see why this is an issue though. Initially Gigi just wanted to let people know her thoughts as they were eating away at her, but she's now realised her post was much more important than that.
"I think that led to a lot of people realising that you don't have to be scared of the industry that you work for," she explained. "I heard from everyone, from Victoria's Secret Angels to plus size models, and I think that's what really touched me. That's what brought (me) to tears... I think people need to realise that their words mean something, and it does hurt. It doesn't matter whether you're a social figure. We all feel it."