About a week ago now up and coming supermodel Gigi Hadid took to social media in response to comments body shaming and pointing out the difference between her body and others in high fashion.”No, I don’t have the same body type as the other models in the shows,” Hadid wrote on her account. “I represent a body image that wasn’t accepted in high-fashion before.” And she’s not wrong, I searched Google images for ‘high fashion models’ and this image of fashion sketches appeared. Picturing long and incredibly lean female bodies, which was an accepted and promoted shape for a long while (think America’s Next Top Model.)
As she said in her post, “”Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment,” she continued by saying “Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body, they don’t make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don’t change the designers opinions of me.”
I’ve already commented on the misogyny that lives and breathes within the music industry but fashion, high-fashion I think especially, is a horse of an entirely different color. I’m a strong proponent of the new wave of feminism that has swept my demographic and beyond in the last few years but we seem to keep forgetting that it’s not helping anything when women continuously tear down other women. Gigi Hadid is regularly rocking high fashion runways, she walked for Versace and Chanel at Paris Fashion Week, and the fact that I am certain there are men and women alike calling her a b**** for standing up for herself is exactly why we need feminism and why people with her platform need to use their voices like this a heck of a lot more often. I’m a fan of Gigi, I think she’s stunning and appears to have a pretty good head on her shoulders for being brought up in a world that doesn’t necessarily create that. I love seeing stars stand up for themselves and through that for others who have gone through the same things. So, props to you Gigi and you keep werk-ing that runway!
[Photo from Joe Jonas’ Instagram]