Body Positive Gigi Hadid Gets Spot On RuPaul’s ‘Drag Race’

Gigi Hadid has been the focus of New York Fashion Week and the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit model edition, but she is also telling the world that they should be body positive just as she is about to become a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

According to a Daily Mail report from February 18, Gigi Hadid told the press at a Sports Illustrated event to be body positive. A transcription of Gigi Hadid’s comments about Sports Illustrated swimsuit models being a range of sizes for their 2016 issue is provided below.

“For Sports Illustrated — it’s one that I don’t necessarily buckle down for … Well, I box all the time and take care of my body, but Sports Illustrated is one that wants you to have curves, wants you to be yourself. They don’t ask you to change, obviously.”

Gigi Hadid continues with “On this carpet tonight, you will see a lot of different body types and it is a [Sports Illustrated] issue that celebrates everyone. That is what is really nice. You just go how you are. Maybe get a little tan if you have some time off the day before at your tropical location. But, besides that, they make you feel beautiful for who you are.”

Gigi Hadid and Sports Illustrated have been promoting body positivity
Gigi Hadid will likely work with a number of designers during the September fashion week events, and she has a contract with Tommy Hilfiger. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

The week before Gigi Hadid was part of the body positive issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, she was at the New York Fashion Week representing several brands, according to Live Trade News.

On the heels of this big move in her career, RuPaul’s Drag Race announced that Gigi Hadid has been selected as a guest judge. According to People, Gigi Hadid will join Nicole Richie for Season 8 of the show.

Of course, no one is prouder of Gigi Hadid for all her accomplishments than her new boyfriend, Zayn Malik. While he may have thought of her as “too skinny” in the past, it appears that Zayn Malik moved on from this notion and has embraced life with Gigi Hadid fully.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Zayn Malik stated in an interview with Billboard that he liked a “fuller woman” and Gigi Hadid is notoriously (and effortlessly) slim — despite eating hamburgers often.

Coincidentally, Gigi Hadid’s old boyfriend, Joe Jonas, may have moved on and is now allegedly dating Juliana Herz, according to Hollywood Life. Insiders close to Joe Jonas claim that they are not serious (yet) but he “enjoys her company.”

As for Gigi Hadid, after months of teasing fans, Zayn Malik finally made it official that they were dating, as reported by The Spec.

Around December 4, 2015 when rumors began that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik were more than friends, he allegedly was very supportive of Gigi’s newly-divorced mother and her struggle with Lyme disease, according to Hollywood Life.

Still showing signs that he is supportive of her, Zayn Malik has been tweeting positive comments about her various photoshoots — including the nude photos she did for French Vogue, according to Daily Mail.

Gigi Hadid looks smashing in several outfits worn for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Model edition
Gigi Hadid has worn a number of exquisite outfits for her work with Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Model Edition. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

Adding to this, Style News now says that Zayn Malik has a favorite snap from her Sports Illustrated series.

As for Gigi Hadid’s opinions about her own photoshoot, US Weekly quotes her saying that she liked the white one-piece swimsuit because it looked like a vintage item from the older swimsuit days.

Careers aside, it appears that Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik may be settling in Los Angeles for the long-term. According to Hollywood Life, insiders stated the following about how much Zayn Malik is loving Los Angeles and his new life with Gigi Hadid.

“Perrie [Edwards] never wanted to live in the US, but Zayn loved it whenever he toured America…Gigi has really introduced him to US life, like watching American sports, eating good Mexican food and sushi in Los Angeles. He’s even been to the beach with her, which is something that as a Brit he’s never been fond of.”

While she may be in the honeymoon phase of her relationship with Zayn Malik, Gigi Hadid still has plenty of time for family. Although Zayn Malik stayed in Los Angeles during New York Fashion Week, Gigi Hadid’s mom, Yolanda Foster, was in the front row watching her, according the New York Times.

USA Today states that Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella hung out with Bella’s boyfriend, The Weeknd, to celebrate his birthday. On top of that, Gigi Hadid tagged The Weeknd in an Instagram posted and captioned it with “Thanks for lovin my sis like you do. You have so much to celebrate tonight, beyond proud of you!”

As for Gigi Hadid’s secret to being one of the sweetest ladies in America, her mother chimes in with her own theory. About how she “keeps her famous girls from losing themselves to the limelight,” Yolanda Foster responded to E! Online with the following.

“At the end of the day, both Gigi and Bella are simple girls that were raised on a farm in Santa Barbara, riding horses every day of their lives.”

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