Update: 9th October
Speaking to ELLE.com at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York last night, Gigi Hadid explained she posted the Instagram note because she got to a breaking point. 'I said it in my post—that I am human and try not to read it all the time—but it does get to me', she explained. 'I think that when you go through something like that, and you're really almost letting it affect what you think of yourself—it was getting to a place where I was almost like "Should I be here?" And I was like, "This isn't okay. I shouldn't be questioning doing my job because people are being mean on the Internet," so I just felt like I wasn't scared to have a voice. Some people might think that it was maybe aggressive, but I just think that I was doing it because I want to stand up for myself. I think that I have the right to have a say because we all do on social media.'
On 28th September we wrote:
Gigi Hadid, along with her sister Bella, has been dominating the catwalk this season.
But it seems some people (namely online trolls) are having a problem with her success, and have taken to the internet to say less than polite things about her, her body and her runway walk.
Not one to let the bullies win, Gigi took to Instagram to stand up for herself against bullies, body shamers, and personal critics.
In the post she hit back at claims about not having a typical model body, saying; 'Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment.'
The model recently revealed that Kendall Jenner taught her 'how to deal with the haters' that she encounters on social media, and now she is doing just that.
She went on to say: '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 shows, I'm in it; if they don't, I'm not. That's just how it is and how it will be.'
She also has a word for all of you who think that she only got to where she is because of reality TV.
'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. I'm just doing my job.'
We love that she is standing up for herself and has chosen a forum that speaks to so many people (and young women globally).
And we hope that she inspires her 6.4 million followers to speak up for themselves, and never let the bullies win.