Gigi Hadid Uses Social Media To Prove ‘Dumb Model Stereotype’ Isn’t Always True

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May 13 2016, Updated 9:54 p.m. ET

Models are commonly deemed as “merely pretty faces” as they rely on their appearances to secure contracts. Gigi Hadid is thankful that through social media, she is able to show the world her personality and prove that she has more to offer than her looks. She told Mashable that the stereotype about models is starting to crumble because of social media.

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“We’ve just been given a gift as a generation of being able to show our own personality and have so much control over the person we are to the public, and not just being a face on a page. I think social media has taken the dumb model stereotype away.”

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While fashion pillars Calvin Klein and Rebecca Romijn are heedful of “Instagram models” who use social media to flaunt their so-called superstar status, Gigi uses Cindy Crawford as an example of someone who knows how to empower using the tool.

Renowned fashion designer Klein recently expressed his disapproval for the company’s decision to get Kendall Jenner for the #MyCalvins campaign. According to the 73-year-old, models are now paid for the number of followers that they have on social media, and not for the way they represent the designer and the label.

Romijn also implied that a person’s number of followers doesn’t always translate to revenue. She said that social media stars “are not true supermodels” and that many “legitimate fashion people” share the same opinion.

Being a model is not the only reason why Gigi receives constant hate on the internet. When she started dating Zayn Malik, Gigi found herself dealing with some of the British crooner’s fans who didn’t like the new romance.

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