Gigi Hadid speaks out about resisting pressure to be thin as a model and to lose weight. She reflects upon her success in the fashion world, embracing her curves and resolving to be a positive role model. She also shares her fitness and diet secrets.

Gigi Hadid

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The 20-year-old Australian has been in the news for her friendship with Taylor Swift, and most especially since being among the co-stars of the epic ‘Bad Blood’ music video and for gracing the stage on occasion for Swift’s various ‘1989’ world tour concerts. She’s also in the news for being the current girlfriend of Joe Jonas, and she previously dated another pop music star, Cody Simpson.

But she had already been making a name for herself as a trailblazer in the fashion world. It’s not every day that a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model is seen on the catwalk for such designers as Tom Ford and Moschino.

And it’s one of the topics that Hadid discusses at length in her interview with The Daily Mail Australia. She spoke of her background as a volleyball player who, as a teen, had advanced to Junior Olympics level.

In reflecting upon those years, she said, “My thighs were huge, they were like rock!” She went on to say, “Growing up I was really athletic and I had a very athletic body.’I had like crazy muscles and I [ate] like a man – more than the man that I eat like now, like a bigger man.” She went on to say she “didn’t care” what her body looked like and that she “just wanted to be the best volleyball player” that she could.

The daughter of a former model, Yolanda Foster, Hadid went on to recount just how discordant both her attitude and her physique were in the fashion world, and that she met with struggle when trying to get signed as a model with an agency. She said, “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 said, “I would cry at night” and that her mother consoled her, telling her, “‘We’re going to find the [right] people.'”

She went on to say, “I’m kind of the model that everyone thought would always be the Guess, Sports Illustrated girl, then when I started to do high fashion stuff… people were like, “Oh so we can have a girl with like thighs and a butt in a Tom Ford campaign, cool.”

Hadid then offered what is a powerful lesson of self-acceptance, in saying, “And then all of a sudden the high fashion people wanted to work with me and that’s kind of how it works, if you just embrace yourself other people accept you in the same way.”

She also expressed her resolve, in saying of her modeling career, “I don’t need to be a man volleyball player” and that on the other time, she didn’t want to be “two pounds soaking wet.”

She continued, saying, “And that’s always something that I was very strong minded about, I just want to be a healthy role model and I haven’t swayed from that at all.”

Yes, an important lesson indeed. We sometimes hear about the diet secrets and the weight loss tips from models, actresses and celebrities in general, and it’s refreshing to hear from a model so early in her career, just 20 years old, after all, speak out with such determination. We know all too well about body shaming and the pressures to be thin; it takes much fortitude to withstand that, especially when one’s career may be at stake.

Gigi Hadid did share some insight on her current diet, said, “I can eat healthy when I want to and I can work out every single day and I can have the body for a certain runway show if I need to but that doesn’t mean that I’m doing it in an unhealthy way.”

She went on to add, “It’s important to find the balance of, yeah you can eat a burger every week but when there’s something really important you should be able to set your mind to it.”

She also spoke of the well-known Master Cleanse — also known as the Lemonade Detox Diet and the Lemon Detox, which has been popular among celebrities for quite some time, particularly when it was linked with the so-called Beyonce maple syrup diet. She said of it, “It’s something that has been tested for so many years it’s not bad for your metabolism, it’s a very measured out way of not starving your body.”

You can see more of the interview here as she continues her message of self-confidence and self-acceptance, and speaks of her pursuit of fitness and health and modeling success.

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