I LOVE GIGI HADID EVEN MORE!
A coupla weeks ago, Gigi Hadid was my #ModelCrushMonday, not least because of her toned, athletic and (oh how I hate this word, but here we go) curvy body.
I wasn’t even aware it was attracting criticism, assuming that everyone else had fallen for her sensual, confident look and aura.
But of course there are always going to be self-hating haters, intent on crushing someone else’s confidence and success.
Gigi has posted this defense of her beautiful body:
Frankly I had to Google ‘Gigi Hadid fat’ because I genuinely can’t imagine who calls a size 8-10, toned athletic successful body ‘fat’, but of course I was being willfully ignorant. It made for some depressing scrolling:
Those who criticise Gigi’s shape are often justifying their prejudice by saying that, in not starving herself to industry standards, Gigi is being unprofessional. Well that’s batsh*t. The figure she has right now is the figure she’s being booked for. Working out to maintain it – not diminish it – is professional.
The catwalks are guilty of showing one type of body – tall and very skinny. As a disclaimer, I know from personal experience of being a ‘size 0’ (when I was aged 16) that some models are really skinny, naturally, and don’t deserve the ‘anorexic model’ tag. But others, undeniably, have to maintain a very unhealthy lifestyle to get to catwalk sample size standard. Gigi hasn’t had to succumb to this sort of pressure, and frankly I’m heartened to see a model on the runway whose body I can relate to.
Look at any female in the public eye and they will be in the receiving end of fat jibes, forum discussions and bitchy asides. Jameela Jamil gave an eloquent and passionate speech about this in the House of Commons about how, after gaining hundreds of thousands of new listeners to Radio 1, the most talked about topic was a slight gain in weight due to a health issue.
Fat-shaming is a way of undermining powerful women. Because a powerful, healthy woman who is confident in her body and success seems to be terrifying to many people of both genders. ‘You may have achieved fame, riches and acclaim,’ it says, ‘but unless your arms remain immobile when you wave, and your stomach is concave, you’re a failure’. I’ve seen numerous celebrities rapidly shrinking as soon as they get famous and garner those inevitable bitchy columns and comments aimed at their far-from fat figures. And that so much of this comes from other women upsets me so much. It is blatant internalised misogyny and we must fight it.
Not succumbing to this pressure can make women ever more powerful! Jennifer Lawrence, who has remained resilient against fat-jibes and the pressures of Hollywood and who now commands more than her male co-stars. Gigi has a body who top designers clamour to dress – tailoring their sample sizes to her, rather than vice versa.
So I truly pray that the negative comments don’t make her embrace faddy juice diets or excessive exercise. Gigi looks incredible, and her look harks back to the days of the supers – women who exuded power and confidence. She doesn’t need to ‘work on her body’.
It’s the people hating on her body, probably very jealous of her looks and her confidence, that need to work on themselves.
PS I also don’t see anything wrong with her catwalk, every model has their own style.
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