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Gigi Hadid pens letter to fat shamers - 'No I don’t have the same body type as the other models'

Published 29/09/2015 | 08:04

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid
Model Gigi Hadid prepares backstage at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2016 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on September 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

It's hard to imagine that successful young model Gigi Hadid is the subject of vicious comments critiquing her body, and now, the It Girl has silenced her shamers with a poignant open letter.

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The 20-year-old admitted that the barrage of hurtful messages regarding her figure have started to get to her during her stints on the runway at various fashion weeks.

Model Gigi Hadid rehearses on the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City.
Model Gigi Hadid rehearses on the runway at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City.

The California native, who has spoken openly about how modelling agencies previously told her she would need to lose weight if she wanted to make it, took to her Instagram account to speak directly to the trolls.

"So many people are so quick to comment negative opinions this month. Yes, judgement on social media comes from people who, 99% of the time, have no idea what they’re talking about, but I’m human, and I’m not going to lie, I did let the negativity get to me a little," the blond beauty wrote.

Gigi, the daughter of Real Housewives star Yolanda Foster, credits years of playing volleyball to her athletic physique. Her honed frame has led to deals with swimwear and lifestyle brands, but numerous people believed that she had no place walking for high fashion houses during fashion month.

"No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in shows," Gigi continued. "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. No, I’m not the first or the last model of my type in this industry. 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 a body image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before, and I’m very lucky to be supported by designers, stylists, and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, it’s art; it can never stay the same. It’s 2015. But if you’re not one of those people, don’t take your anger out on me. Yes I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment. I’m fitting into the sample sizes."

"Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body, 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. If they want me in their shows, I’m in it; if they don’t, I’m not. That’s just how it is and how it will be. If you don’t like it, don’t follow me, don’t watch me, cause I’m not going anywhere. If I didn’t have the body I do, I wouldn’t have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I’m proud of it."

Shared with her 6.5 million followers, the post has garnered over 250,000 'likes' so far.

The rising star spoke to Vogue.com in the wake of the viral message explaining her reasoning for sharing it.

Model Gigi Hadid prepares backstage at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City.
Model Gigi Hadid prepares backstage at Tommy Hilfiger Women's Spring 2016 during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 36 on September 14, 2015 in New York City.

“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," she told the outlet.

"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. 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.”

“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. 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.”

BEST: Gigi Hadid showed off her supermodel credentials in this Emilia Wickstead dress.
BEST: Gigi Hadid showed off her supermodel credentials in this Emilia Wickstead dress.

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