Right smack in the middle of NYFW, Gigi Hadid candidly shut down body shamers in a series of tweets. She also opened up about her struggle with a chronic lymphocytic illness called Hashimoto’s Disease, some of her symptoms are extreme fatigue, unexplained weight gain, puffy face, and more.
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; those of u who called me “too big for the industry” were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.
As an industry trying to understand different body shapes and sizes, there are still a lot that’s very primitive. Good thing Gigi did not stop even when she was criticized harshly or else we wouldn’t have this outspoken, badass woman as well as her great makeup and fashion collaborations.
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 … I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out.
Currently, Gigi said she’s the healthiest she’s ever been as she continues to work with her disease. She also said that she was part of a holistic medical trial to help balance out her thyroid levels.
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 (cont)
Gigi also wasn’t afraid to call out rumors that she might be taking drugs in order to lose the weight. “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn’t suit your ‘beauty’ expectation, shouldn’t have to.”
I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesnt suit ur “beauty” expectation, shouldnt have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u dont understand the way my body has matured.
And the best part, she talked about empathy and how people should just use their energy to uplift others rather than bring them down. Word!
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.