Supermodel Gigi Hadid is yet another celebrity who constantly copes with meanies on social media.
Hadid, who will appear on the cover of Vogue‘s September issue, spoke with bookings director Helena Suric in an episode of the Vogue Podcast Monday about her career and handling negative social media comments.
In the podcast, Hadid admits that what she sees on social media really does affect her. She explains, “We’re all human. I’ll never say that it doesn’t affect me. Sometimes it’s harder than others.” Hadid, however, tells Suric, “I never didn’t like my body. I was very athletic. I was proud of why my body was the way it was.”
Last year, Hadid shared a post on Instagram targeting body shamers and acknowledging their comments. In her open letter, she wrote, “Yes I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment…Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body.”
In the podcast, Hadid defends her choice of posting the letter on Instagram, especially during a particularly stressful time in her career. The post was written after Paris Fashion Week, an experience that Hadid describes as overwhelming. The Instagram, she says, was a cathartic method for her to get her feelings off her chest and use the platform as a type of “journal.” “That was the journal entry that I thought would help people and let people know that they can speak up and defend themselves,” she says.
She explains, “You accept your body, you do everything you can to be healthy and do what makes you feel good and feel happy.”
Listen to the rest of her Vogue podcast here.