Gigi Hadid is opening up about the body shaming she has experienced on social media. Once again it goes to shw being a model and a celebrity is not insulation against this kind of egregious cyberbulling, and she has plenty to say on the topic.
Of course, the sad fact is she shouldn’t have to push back against cyberbullies and trolls. No one should. But social media continues to be the venue of choice for anonymous bullies who otherwise would have no voice. And it’s the dilemma that anyone faces, to respond or not respond.
As a celebrity, the pressure is even more intense. Media will report on body shaming in the absence of the person in question’s response or not. And in fact, Gigi Hadid did respond, in a lengthy post on Instagram (below) saying, in part, “Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs. “Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body.”
As if being a woman and having a woman’s body is somehow a crime. And any glance at any pics of Gigi Hadid reveals that though she is shapely and curvaceous by runway model standards, she is not even close to being considered “plus sized” let along overweight. As she herself said, “No, I don’t have the same body type as other models in shows.”
She’s been a pioneer in that respect, appearing in runway shows that had previously been off limits to models with even a hint of curves. She’s walked the catwalk for such designers as Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger (video below). And yet, instead of celebrating the diversity that she represents — mind you she’s far from plus size as mentioned — she’s gotten a slew of negativity.
It’s an alarming trend and it’s no wonder some take to dieting till these female attributes — to say nothing of their health and even their lives — are obliterated.
Gigi Hadid opens up in an interview with Cosmopolitan, and said of her Instagram post, “That was the journal entry that I thought would help people and let people know that they can speak up and defend themselves.”
She went on to admit that the cyberbulling can take a toll on her. She said, “”Everyone is affected by the pressures that come from being on social media. We’re all human. I’ll never say that it doesn’t affect me. Sometimes it’s harder than others.”
She spoke of accepting and appreciating her own body — so crucial for any woman or girl, regardless if she’s in the public eye or not — and she told the publication, “I never didn’t like my body.”
Elaborating, she added, “I was very athletic. I was proud of why my body was the way it was … You do everything you can to be healthy and do what makes you feel good and feel happy. That’s just always how I’ve looked at it.”
You can see Gigi Hadid’s full Instagram post below ,reacting to the fat shaming, along with pics and runway video. To date it’s gotten more than 333K likes and more than 17,000 comments. It’s resonating, to say the least as she’s pushed back against the body shamers.
Photos: Gigi Hadid
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