Last week, Supermodel Gigi Hadid posted a statement on her popular Instagram account, to give a shout out to all the haters who have shamed her for having curves and calling her “too big” for the fashion industry. She stated, “Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment. Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body.”
YASSSSS GIGI YASSSSSSSSS! *The entire internet stands up and claps in unison*
After posting her statement she received floods of emails and comments from women all over the world, as well as in her own profession, who have had similar experiences.
“At first, it was for me to get it off my chest for myself, but I think that led to a lot of people realizing that you don’t have to be scared of the industry that you work for. I heard from Victoria’s Secret Angels to plus size models, and I think that’s what really touched me. That’s what brought me to tears, was when I realized that it’s not only you know, people being called not good enough for the runway, but it’s people being called too fat, people being called anorexic when they’re not, that’s just how they were born, a skinny body type. I think people need to realize that their words mean something, and it does hurt. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a social figure. We all feel it.”
I applaud Gigi for posting that statement.
I think it is important to remember that no one is exempt from body shaming, even supermodels. There is always going to be people who have something negative to say. That is why I think it is so important to focus on loving yourself and your body, it may take years of hard work but learning to accept yourself is the greatest gift you will ever give yourself.