Gigi Hadid’s Twitter thread lashing out against body shamers is a much-needed emotional roller-coaster

Gigi Hadid has been a victim of body shaming which is, unfortunately, a common incident on social media. However, the supermodel's five-tweet thread is a fitting reply for all those who troll public figures with zero clue about the reality.

Written by Anjali Jha | New Delhi | Published: February 13, 2018 5:24:46 pm
Gigi Hadid, Gigi Hadid supermodel, supermodel Gigi Hadid, Gigi Hadid body shamming Gigi Hadid gives a fitting reply to body-shamers on social media. (Source: File Photo)

Supermodel Gigi Hadid has hit back at all those trolls who have body-shamed her for being too thin or skinny. In a series of tweets, the 22-year-old has disclosed how she has been undergoing treatment for Hashimoto’s disease (also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis), which is why her body has been changing drastically.

Addressing all those “determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years”, Hadid – over a five-tweet thread – talks about her struggle with her illness, how she’s notw feeling better and healthier, and most importantly, how she “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.”

Body-shamers on social media don’t need a reason to pull a woman down by shaming her. Sometimes it’s for apparently being too fat, at other times it’s for being too thin, or too curvy or too flat. Be it a supermodel or not, the fact that someone’s picture is in the social media space seems to automatically open the doors for people to comment on the subject’s body; although, the former have to deal with it in volumes.

In India, similar troll victims include names such as Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Esha Gupta.

While many have time and again spoken up against being targeted for their bodies, by people who knew nothing of their health conditions, Hadid’s tweets come as a reminder that just because someone is a celebrity, it does not make it acceptable for people to carry a media trial on their body and looks.

Read her tweets here.

This is not the first time that an actor has come out with their issues with body shamming. A while back, Ileana D’Cruz shed light on her struggle with body dysmorphic disorder. She opened up about how she suffered ‘body dysmorphia’ for 15 long years. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a psychological condition in which a person obsessively focuses on one apparent flaw or shortcoming in their physical appearance. Time and again these strong women have spoken about their issues with such brutal social practices and it’s time we stop adding names to the list of victims

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