Gigi Hadid Speaks Out Against Cyberbullies
Gigi Hadid has had enough of internet bullies, and she’s not going to take it anymore. On Monday the 20 year old model took to Instagram to not only defend her place in the fashion world, but to urge her followers to be inspirational instead of being a downer.
Hadid has been no stranger to online criticism for her look, but typically, like a lot of models, she’s kept quiet on the topic. After the latest attacks on her after she walked the Versace runway this weekend however, Hadid has quite simply had enough and decided to speak out.
“So many people are so quick to comment negative opinions this month. Yes, judgement on social media comes from people who, 99% of the time, have no idea what they’re talking about, but I’m human, and I’m not going to lie, I did let the negativity get to me a little,” Hadid wrote. “I came to a realization that when one gets to this point, it’s important to rethink why you’re doing what you do. What your message is. What you have to say.
No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in the 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 went on to let everyone know that she’s where she is today for no other reason than being a hard worker.
“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 change. 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. It’s 2015. But if you’re not one of those people, don’t take your anger out on me.”
She continued: “Yes, I have boobs. I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment. I’m fitting into sample sizes. Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body, they don’t make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don’t change the designers opinions of me. If they want me in their show, I’m in it. If they don’t, I’m not. That’s just how it is and how it will be. If you don’t like it, don’t follow me, don’t watch me, cause I’m not going anywhere. If I didn’t have the body I do, I wouldn’t have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I’m proud of it.”
Hadid’s inspirational note ends with a positive push to her fans. She said “I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they’d rather talk about things that inspire them over the things that bring others down.”
Gigi Hadid’s brave message should be an inspiration not only to models, but everyone who has had to deal with cyberbullying. It’s an ever growing concern, and one that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Photo and Quotes: Gigi Hadid instagram
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