Gigi Hadid has been hired by the world’s top fashion designers to showcase their creations on Fashion Week runways, but the 20-year-old hasn’t always received similar fanfare on social media, as followers have criticized her body. The model took to Instagram to admit that she had “let the negativity get to me a little” and decided to address her critics.
In the heartfelt post, the blonde beauty explained that while she doesn’t “have the same body type as the other models”, she loves the world of fashion and is working hard to make a career in modelling, making the most of the industry which is “ready for a change”.
“No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in shows,” she wrote to her 6.4 million followers. “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.
“ 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 image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before, and I’m very lucky to be supported by the designers, stylists, and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, it’s art; it can never stay the same.”
Gigi also revealed that she was not going to let the comments get to her.
“ Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body,” she said. “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.”
It’s not the first time that Gigi has opened up about her body image. The young star admitted that when she started out in the industry, some agencies told her to lose weight.
“When I first went to visit different agencies in New York, a lot of them were like, you have to lose a lot of weight,” she told the Daily Mail Australia. “I would cry at night and my mom [Yolanda Foster] would be like, “We’re going to find the [right] people.”
Not willing to change her body shape, Gigi eventually signed with IMG Models and was quick to make a name for herself in the industry.
She added: “It’s funny because once you start to embrace what you have, it starts to be what you’re known for.”