Gigi Hadid is proof that you cannot let anyone tell you that you can't pursue your dreams.
The 24-year-old may be one of the world’s most famous fashion models, but that wasn’t always the case.
In a new cover story by i-D Magazine, the model opened up about those who doubted her career and told her she didn’t have a body for runway modeling.
“I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body,” Hadid said. “It was a body that I loved. I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places – I kind of miss it now. At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body.”
While French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier gave Hadid her big break almost a decade ago when he cast her to walk in his catwalk show, she admitted that not everyone was convinced she belonged.
“There were still stylists or designers at that time who were putting me in their shows, but putting me [in] something that really covered my body,” she explained. “And so for him to make me feel like he wanted me to shine in that way, it really meant a lot to me as a young model. And I know that he has done that for a lot of people.”
Hadid recalls that he put her in an “outfit that didn’t cover a lot.”
She was forced to reveal she was battling Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease.
“For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started @ 17 I was not yet diagnosed w/ Hashimoto’s disease; those of u who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that,” she tweeted.