Gigi Hadid interrupted her domination of New York Fashion Week to send a message to body shamers. “Have some empathy,” she wrote in a six-part tweetstorm asking everyone to stop commenting about her weight and whether she is “too skinny.” Basically, her message can be summed up as: think before you type, Internet meanies.
The top model’s emotional tweets seem to be in reponse to those who criticized her weight loss 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 explained.
She has mentioned her diagnosis of Hashimoto’s disease before, but Hadid elaborated on the health struggles she’s faced in the past on due to her thyroid condition: “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.”
The model and Vogue UK cover girl also defended herself against accusations of drug use, writing: “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.”
This is the last time she’s going to address the matter, too.
“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,” Hadid wrote. “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.”
Hadid is clearly speaking her mind during NYFW. Earlier during fashion week, she shared a message of support for young models who are dealing with sexual harrassment in the fashion industry, along with some advice she got from her model mum Yolanda Hadid.
“No job is ever worth being uncomfortable,” she said before she opened the Jeremy Scott show, according to the Washington Post. “That’s something that my mom taught me … She never sugar-coated that stuff for us. She just said, ‘If you’re ever uncomfortable, you know, no job is worth staying (around for).'” She continued: “I just want girls, girls coming into the industry, to know that they have that power.”
Amen to that!