Gigi Hadid recently celebrated her 21st birthday with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with one of her favorite things: a hamburger from J.G. Melon. The model picked J.G. Melon’s burger as her favorite after trying a new NYC burger every week during her first year living in the city. Her criteria? They “don’t try too hard” and “it comes with all the veggies.” Sounds scientific to us!
Hadid admitted that in order to keep her model figure, she definitely eats clean to stay fit. But, she also said that she likes to indulge in a burger once in awhile just to stay sane. So, when Fallon presented her with the surprise birthday meal, she was more than willing to chow down.
The clip was posted on YouTube and many people celebrated Hadid for being brave for eating a burger on national television. As if eating a normal food people eat every day was somehow more admirable if a skinny, beautiful girl is doing it. If you’re confused, don’t worry, because I am too.
Here’s the thing, I think Hadid is a mega-talented, beautiful, smart woman who deserves all the good press she gets. I also think that it’s completely ridiculous to call her brave for eating a hamburger. Is it brave because it’s going to add extra calories to her diet? Or because she may have ended up with food in her teeth and it would have ruined the interview? What exactly is brave about eating?
There’s a difference between being body-positive and encouraging people’s eating habits, and giving undue compliments to people, just for doing regular things. Because, what congratulating Hadid for eating a burger tells every girl who eats them on a semi-regular basis is that they’re overindulgent and gross for constantly consuming such a fatty and unhealthy meal. Which, by the way, is actually shaming someone’s eating habits and maybe even their body.
Let’s call Hadid charming, talented, funny or even relatable. Let’s not call her brave for eating a burger. Please.
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