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Gigi Hadid is one of the biggest supermodels at the moment, with colleagues the likes of Cara Delevingne, Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner, and her own sister Bella Hadid. Ever since she hit the modeling scene a few years ago, she's been wildly en vogue, featured on hundreds of magazines, billboards, and storefront ads. She even has her own makeup collaboration with Maybelline. (Speaking of which, the Jetsetter Palette, $30, is our personal favorite product from the line.)
Like anyone else, though, she isn't immune to the internet criticisms that plague our culture. In fact, she penned an essay during 2015 Paris Fashion Week that spoke to this fact. Rightfully so, she finds her body shamers ridiculous, so she recently took to Twitter to voice a response. Tons of celebrities are re-tweeting her words and backing her up with their support, and we love what they have to say.
She started her response with the tweet above, noting that her weight recently has been affected by a health issue. It's called Hashimoto's disease, and it's when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland at the base of the neck, resulting in an underactive thyroid, inflammation, weight gain, and fatigue, among other things.
"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.," she continued. "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 every day, as everyone is."
Here's where she made her best statement yet. "I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn't suit ur 'beauty' expectation, shouldn't have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u don't understand the way my body has matured." Can we just take a second to say amen? These types of comments highlight the reality that there is no perfect body type. Even a top model deals with people telling her she's "too big" or "too skinny," so do as Gigi does. Just be yourself and focus on your health first.
Her friends, colleagues, and celeb supporters are backing her up. Kendall Jenner re-tweeted her post, simply writing, "Preach." Chrissy Teigen, the queen of Twitter and brutal honesty, endorsed the sentiment as well, complete with the red heart emoji.
Others concentrated on Hadid's call for positivity, like friend and fellow Victoria's Secret Angel Martha Hunt. In a longer response from Ruby Rose, the actress wrote, "Sorry you too have to explain something so ridiculous to people. Love to you. Love to the people who try to tear down others also because they are just people who haven't had the spiritual growth that needs to occur to love and accept one another."
This is positivity and support at their finest, wouldn't you say?