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Gigi Hadid tells body shamers she's 'not going anywhere' in latest Vogue story

Published 14/12/2015 | 09:38

Gigi Hadid for Seafolly 2015
Gigi Hadid for Seafolly 2015
Gigi Hadid for Seafolly 2015
Model Gigi Hadid from California walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
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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 presents a creation during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

She might be the hottest model around right now, but Gigi Hadid hasn't been exempt from criticism.

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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.

Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Model Gigi Hadid presents a creation during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

"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!”

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.

“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."

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