"Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body... I love that I can be sexy. I am proud of it."
And 'if you don't like it, don't follow" her. Just one of the statements model Gigi Hadid has posted in her open letter to her Instagram during Paris Fashion Week.
Yes, even Gigi Hadid has been the victim of body shaming on the internet... Speaking with Vogue, she explains what prompted her to the post the letter:
"These are obviously also people that don’t think of you as an actual human with actual feelings, which I think is a really big problem right now in social media... There are people who feel like they're able to hide behind their usernames and their private accounts, who feel like they can say whatever they want and it won't affect anyone. I try not to pay attention to it that much, but it got to a point where I started to feel self-conscious about certain things - in the way that I felt that my walk, for example, is unique and I also felt like I needed to improve it. When you see that people are not only saying [negative things] but are saying them in a very, very hurtful way, you start to pay more attention to it."
She adds: "At first, my post was for the people on social media that were being negative toward me because I genuinely do trust the people in fashion. I know that the designers that have me in their shows have me for a reason, I know that the designers that don’t have me in their shows don’t have me for a reason, and I accept either way."
Trolls be trolls, but you don't have to put up with it.