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Gigi Hadid Talking About Body Shaming Will Inspire You

The model gets real about criticism she’s received on social media.
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We’ve all been there: Finding ourselves picking on our appearances, questioning our self-worth, and coming up with reasons to be unhappy about who we are. Many of us choose to suffer in silence, perhaps out of fear that speaking about our flaws makes us look weak. You only need to look at Instagram to see how a lot of people would rather paint the image of a perfect life, than to shed light on their inadequacies.

Late last year, Gigi Hadid proved that no amount of success or adoration can spare a person from self-doubt. After receiving hate comments from people criticizing her body, Gigi took a stand and addressed her bullies in one flawless Instagram post:

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Recently, in a podcast with Vogue bookings director Helena Suric, the supermodel got emotional while looking back on the incident. “Obviously, everyone is affected by the pressures that come with being on social media. We’re all human. I’ll never say that it doesn’t affect me,” she shared. “It happens to everyone. We all go through it, and no one’s alone in that, for sure.”

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Gigi then admitted how she wrote the open letter to get things off her chest—and to help others who are going through the same things. “That was kind of a journal entry that I thought would help people, and let people know that they can speak up and defend themselves if and when they’re happy with themselves,” she said. “Even if they aren’t, then they still can defend themselves if someone’s being judgmental. That’s why we’re given social media—to have a voice.”

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Despite negative backlash, the model revealed, “I never didn’t like my body. I was very athletic. I was proud of why my body was the way it was.” As someone who grew up playing volleyball and riding horses, she said, “You do everything you can to be healthy and do what makes you feel good and feel happy. That's just always how I've looked at it.”

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