Our #WCW this week goes out to a girl who knows how to kick ass and isn’t afraid to break down some of the destructive stereotypes around body image. The one and only Gigi Hadid! Gigi’s modeling career started at a very young age when her mother, Yolanda Foster, an ex Real Housewife, got her signed with Guess Kids. You have to know you’re a pretty good-looking kid if you get signed with one of the biggest companies in the world while you’re still wearing diapers!
From that ad campaign onward, Gigi has grown to be one of the most wanted models in the world. In this year’s fashion month, she strutted her way down some of the most renowned designers in the fashion industry from Michael Kors to Balmain. But it isn’t just her looks that are getting her this far; it is her values and her passion about breaking boundaries that is grabbing everyone’s attention.
Gigi isn’t necessarily your “average” super model for the reasons that she is not “super thin” however; she isn’t letting that stereotype step foot in her way of being proud to work in this industry. Gigi was recently body shamed by people on social media about the way she looks compared to the other models and her response is kick-ass.
Last week, Gigi posted a very motivating response on Instagram to all the negativity she had been receiving about her body image. “No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in the shows,” Hadid wrote on her account. “I represent a body image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before. Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment,”
She isn’t afraid of creating new norms for body image. She is a beautiful girl and is using her celebrity influence to break the barrier of stereotypes and encourage women to feel beautiful in the skin they are in!
“I’ve said it before… I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they rather talk about the things that inspire them over the things that bring others down”
Written by Emilie Berbrier