Gigi Hadid shuts down body shamers after New York Fashion Week

Feb. 12, 2018

Model Gigi Hadid walks on the runway during the Jeremy Scott Fashion Show on Friday, February 9, 2018 during New York Womenswear Fall Winter 2018-2019 held in New York, N.Y.

The 22-year-old model responded Sunday to negative comments after she walked in Jeremy Scott’s fall/winter 2018 show and Bottega Veneta’s show at New York Fashion Week.

"For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me "too big for the industry" were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that," she tweeted.

"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.

"I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out. Although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better. I may be ‘too skinny’ for u, honestly this skinny isn’t what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is."

Hadid opened up about the thyroid disease in December 2016, saying she’d been taking medication for two years. At the time, she said she worked to maintain her figure, but that the disease made her weight fluctuate.

"I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesnt suit ur "beauty" expectation, shouldnt have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u dont understand the way my body has matured," she tweeted Sunday.

"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. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t."

Kendall Jenner also chimed in, telling Hadid to "preach."



Associated Press