Gigi Hadid tells body shamers she's 'not going anywhere' in latest Vogue story
Published 14/12/2015 | 09:38
She might be the hottest model around right now, but Gigi Hadid hasn't been exempt from criticism.
The 20-year-old supermodel has been targeted by cruel body shamers over her "athletic" frame and earned widespread praise earlier this year when she penned a letter defending her body on Instagram.
And in her latest Vogue cover story (her fourth this year and first with the British edition), Gigi said she still experiences taunts over her figure.
"Yeah, I'm an athletic person," she said.
"But I love my body because I know what it's been through to be what it is, and honestly I'm not going to change for someone that is depressed about their life. The Victoria's Secret Angels aren't going anywhere; I'm not going anywhere; plus-sized models aren't going anywhere."
Gigi previously said her rise to supermodel stardom wasn't without its hiccups as she was rejected by a number of agencies in the early days of her career.
“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 MailOnline earlier this year.
“I ate like a man – more than the man that I eat like now, like a bigger man – and it was crazy but at the time I didn’t care what my body looked like, I just wanted to be the best volleyball player I could be so it didn’t really matter to me,” Gigi explains. “My thighs were huge, they were like rock!”
“I would cry at night and my mom would be like, ‘We’re going to find the right people.'”
Hadid also defended her fame, saying she has not received special treatment because of her high profile.
"I don't change anything about myself -- what I post just works," she explained. "When people are different on social media than they are in real life, it becomes forced. Cara Delevingne was never scared of being weird. She opened that door for me."
"But I don't think I just get hired because I have Instagram followers. My jobs are also what gets me followers."