Bella Hadid has since admitted that she has lost too much weight, but that hasn’t stopped fans from criticizing her over it. The model just scored a major ad campaign with Nike, which has caused more good than bad.
Hadid, 20, was happy to share the news with her fans. She took to Instagram to share a photo of herself posing alongside her billboard in New York City announcing that she’s officially part of the Nike brand, according to the Independent.
Fans of the brand slammed Nike for choosing Hadid in the first place, criticizing her for being “too thin” or not “athletic or muscular” enough for the brand.
“Nike? She’s not an athlete but more important it’s giving young girls unrealistic expectations yet again,” one commenter wrote.
“Sports brands need to use an athletic bodied person to model,” another added.
Her mother, Yolanda Foster, has defended Bella over the Nike ad controversy. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum defended her daughter via TMZ, arguing that Bella is an athletic person and has been competing in equestrian riding ever since she was 3-years-old. Yolanda even took to Instagram to share a photo of Bella in a competition to further back up her argument.
“[Bella] had to give up her lifelong dream of having a professional riding career and a shot at the Olympics due to her severe symptoms and inability to ride,” Foster told the outlet. “[She] struggles with symptoms of chronic Lyme every day.”
Bella had to stop riding at the age of 15 when she was diagnosed with Lyme disease, an illness she shares with her mother and younger brother, Anwar, according to People.
“You obviously don’t have to be an athlete to wear or enjoy Nike wear,” Yolanda told TMZ.
After Bella’s deal was announced, Olympic skater Meryl Davis tweeted her frustration over another model and “It” girl to promote workout clothes. She posted side-by-side photos of Bella in her Nike gear, Kylie Jenner in a Puma ad, and one of Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in Reebok along with the caption, “I’ll take the one promoted by the athlete please.”
I’ll take the one promoted by the athlete please pic.twitter.com/MRe1baOBtX
— Meryl Davis (@Meryl_Davis) November 15, 2016
Hadid’s fans have also grown concerned about her gradual weight loss over the years. Some have since taken to social media to express their shock and to share before and after photos of Hadid. Hadid recently admitted that she “accidentally” lost more weight than she needed to, telling People that she “really didn’t mean to” lose the weight.
“I want boobs. I want my a** back,” she admitted. “But it’s not my fault. My weight fluctuates and so does everybody’s and I think that if people are gonna judge, that’s the worst thing you can possibly do because everybody is different.”
Omg I never noticed Bella Hadid lost so much weight pic.twitter.com/pFxPYTDDUu
— bella vita (@drugproblem) November 20, 2016
In that same interview, the brunette beauty admitted the extremes she went through to lose the weight. Though she doesn’t need it, she has committed to her intense workout regimen of working out three hours a day with Gotham Gym trainer Rob Piela.
“I worked out so hard and everybody is like, ‘Oh, she looks so skinny blah, blah, blah,” Bella added. “But I think that if you just stick to something you can really achieve so much. I’ve been eating hard protein every day and working out for three hours every day. It’s crazy but I think that you know if you set your mind to something I think you can succeed.”
Hadid has since moved on after her split from The Weeknd. She was spotted putting her body on display in New York City in red, white, and blue workout gear that was not made by Nike, as seen on TMZ. Hadid has also been announced to walk this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, while her boyfriend will be performing for the second time.
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