Gigi Hadid reveals she is suffering from serious illness after cruel abuse from body shamers
Gigi Hadid signed to IMG Models in 2013, and has seen an exponential rise in success in the years since then. Only a year later in 2014 she was ranked in the top 50 models, making her debut on the ranking on Models.com. Two years later in 2016 she was named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council.
Now, with 36.8 million followers (8.6 million of them just from 2017) on Instagram, she is officially the third most popular Instagram model. She entered the list behind Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, but just ahead of her sister Bella Hadid. However, with this kind of success in the fashion industry also comes attention - and lots of it. And while I'm sure anyone working to be a model knows there are downsides to this level of attention, it can often be surprising how negative it can be.
Hadid took to social media on Sunday evening, posting a series of passionate tweets about her body and the hurtful comments she has received in the past. The 22-year-old discussed how her fluctuating weight over the years comes down to her diagnosed Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder in which antibodies targeting the thyroid gland result in chronic inflammation. So she decided to clear the air a little and explain what the response has been like.
"For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/Hashimoto’s disease," she wrote. "Those of u who called me “too big for the industry” were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that."
She went on to explain that over the last few years she has become "properly medicated to help symptoms", which she explains involved extreme fatigue, metabolism issues and her body's ability to retain heat.
"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 everyday, as everyone is"
She then ended her tweet series with a refusal to "further explain the way my body looks: and calls for others to not criticise or judge anyone for failing to meet some expectation of beauty.
"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."
She received positive replies from her followers on Twitter, with some users thanking her for helping to raise awareness for the disease. She also received a response from both Ruby Rose and Chrissy Teigen, who had very different ways of expressing themselves:
As usual, Chrissy Teigen puts it best.