Gigi Hadid is set to cover the January issue of British Vogue, and the 20-year-old supermodel isn’t shying away from those who think she’s simply too “curvy” to be successful as a model.
While talking with the magazine, Hadid said she loves her body and she’s not looking to change the way she looks anytime soon. In fact, Hadid fires shots back at those who blast her body on social media, calling her body shamers “depressed.”
“Yeah, I’m an athletic person. 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.”
Indeed, Hadid is currently one of the most popular models on the planet. In November, the 20-year-old Real Housewives of Beverly Hills TV personality walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show alongside model friend Kendall Jenner.
It wasn’t the first big gig for Hadid. In fact, 2015 has been a big year for the blonde beauty. In January, Hadid was named a brand ambassador for Maybelline. Later that year, she became one of the faces of the H&M Balmain collection.
In addition, Hadid appeared in Calvin Harris’ music video for “How Deep Is Your Love,” she walked in shows for Chanel, Michael Kors, and Jean Paul Gaultier. Gigi appeared on covers for Elle, Vogue, Numero, and W.
And along the way, Hadid has had to defend her 5-foot-10-inch, size two body against those who think she’s simply not built like a model.
In September, Gigi took to Instagram to defend herself and to remind fans that sometimes their comments are hurtful.
“I don’t have the same body type as the other models in shows. No, I don’t think I’m the best at any given show. Yes, I want to have a unique walk but I also know I have to improve. No, I’m not the first or the last model of my type in this industry,” Hadid wrote.
“You can make up all the reasons you think I am where I am, but really, I’m a hard worker that’s confident in myself, one that came at a time where the fashion industry was ready for a change,” she added. “I’m just doing my job. I represent a body image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before, and I’m very lucky to be supported by the designers, stylists and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, it’s art; it can never stay the same.”
At the time, Gigi Hadid received support from the mother of her modeling bestie. Kendall Jenner’s mom, Kris Jenner, shared Hadid’s message to her own Instagram account in September, writing as follows.
“This is from one of the sweetest, smartest, and most beautiful girl inside and out, in the world. Why do people with no life, no purpose, who are angry and bitter and ignorant, or just plain nasty and mean, choose to bring everyone else down instead of finding the best in others? I will never understand the BULLYS that lurk on Instagram just to try and ruin someone else’s spirit. If all of their horrible negative energy was focused on being positive and seeing good, imagine what a better more peaceful place this world would be. Spread love and joy everyone, not hate. It only reflects what kind of person you are. Something good might come of it…lift others up. Do unto others as you would like done to you….Love One Another. ❤”
Hadid’s upcoming interview with British Vogue proves that is willing to continue to stand up to her haters in order to transform the modeling industry, and she has the support of some powerful women behind her.
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