Gigi Hadid slams body-shamers for calling her “too skinny”
Unfortunately, thanks to love-them-but-also-kind-of-hate-them platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, now more than ever top models are placed in the firing line to the harsh criticisms of the world. And don't get me wrong, it is fair (and necessary!) to condemn the modelling industry for the way it represents women and women's bodies, but when it is dished out to one single individual it turns from criticism into bullying. Enter Gigi Hadid, who during a busy New York Fashion Week (walking for Jeremy Scott, Brandon Maxwell, Prabal Gurung, and Bottega Veneta) took to Twitter to defend her body against online-shamers who had criticised her weight.
"For those of you so determined to come up [with] why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started [at] 17 [years-old] I was not yet diagnosed [with] Hashimoto's disease," she wrote. "[T]hose of u who called me "too big for the industry" were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that."
Hashimoto's disease is a condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid. Symptoms of the disease include unexplained weight gain and a puffy face, among others.
"Over the last few years I've been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body's ability to retain heat, etc.," Hadid explained. "I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out."
Hadid also called out the unhealthy drug habits that some people associate with the modelling industry, clarifying that this is a lifestyle that she is not associated with. "Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because [you] don't understand the way my body has matured," she wrote.
The model ended her emotional post with a call for social media users to have more empathy before making comments, particularly when body image is involved. "Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story," she wrote. "Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those [you] don't."
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