Gigi Hadid isn’t letting social media haters get her down, especially when it comes to her appearance and body-image. Celebrity Insider reported just a couple of days ago that the 22-year-old supermodel suffers from a disease called, Hashimoto’s Disease, an illness that attacks the immune system.
The model admitted it has inadvertently changed her weight over the past couple of years. Following a few Instagram and Twitter trolls bothering her for being “too skinny,” Gigi explained that she has the condition and has dealt with it for a long time.
For the sake of other people, Hadid asked her fans to “have more empathy” and compassion. Just because she’s famous, or behind a computer screen, it doesn’t mean she isn’t a person and doesn’t hear what people say.
Zuri Hall from E! News caught up with the model backstage at Anna Sui’s New York Fashion Week, and the two talked about what it was like to deal with such a predicament.
The 22-year-old explained, “I’ve talked about my experience with Hashimoto’s but a lot of people can connect with it.” Gigi went on to say that since then, she has begun to love her body no matter the weight and size.
The model emphasized the importance of being able to love yourself no matter what your body looks like because eventually, it will change.
The tweets – which prompted her comments – targeted her body-size following her weight increase. As a result of her illness, she became inflamed and retained water, causing a bloated look. Some people wrote she was “too big for the industry.”
Following her treatment, Hadid is feeling “healthier internally,” and is continuing to grow and learn like everyone else, despite the mean remarks. Gigi’s comments come during a time when people everywhere are learning to appreciate themselves regardless of their ability to fit the expectations of the general culture, particularly those of the fashion and advertising industry.