During Paris Fashion Week Gigi Hadid hit back at critics of her body shape with a post on Instagram declaring she was tired of the comments and that she (and her abs and butt) were here to stay. Her frustration with hurtful comments about her body was one of several stories in the press recently of women being abused online for their body shape.
Charli Howard, an Australian model publicly fought back against her modelling agency last week who had told her to lose weight. Genevieve Barker, another Australian super model was thin-shamed in September after a posting a picture of herself in a bikini on Instagram. Online commentators had labelled her a ‘bag of bones’ and told her to ‘eat a burger’. It seems that no-one is able to get it right. Increasingly these incidences of fat and thin-shaming don’t make me angry but incredulous that this can actually still be happening. In the age of gender fluidity and pan-sexuality (where you don’t assign yourself to any gender) can there really be a perfect body ideal?
Gigi is a beautiful, athletic and healthy woman (her Instagram is riddled with videos of her working out and eating healthily) and clearly the fashion industry agrees. In Paris and Milan Gigi walked for, among others Balmain, Tommy Hilfiger and Versace. Gigi’s Instagram post received a swell of support from celebrity friends, models and the public. Her post said it all; if you don’t like her don’t follow her. I think it’s brilliant she said something and defended herself instead keeping quiet. She has a butt bigger than Kendall’s but who cares! I look forward to seeing plenty more of her butt, boobs and abs wearing beautiful clothes. Gwarn Gigi!