In an industry where you are literally judged only on your looks, Gigi Hadid is fighting back to keep her own standards.
Hadid knew she was going to stick to her guns when she first stepped foot inside her modeling agency. She said, “I’ve kind of had an easy time with the whole body image thing. Just because from the second I walked into IMG, I was like, ‘This is what I wanna do with my career, but the one thing is that I’m not gonna lose a certain amount of weight. I’m not gonna be extremely skinny.’ I just don’t want that.”
Let’s just all take a minute to realize how profoundly amazing she is for saying that.
Not only for taking control of her career, going in with a plan and her eyes open, but for having the moxie and wherewithal to say that in the industry where looks are literally everything.
She knew what she believed in; she was comfortable in her own skin and wasn’t going to let someone else tell her what she should conform to.
She said, “I’ve always been an athlete. I’ve always had a certain body type that I’ve always been happy with and I didn’t wanna let that go for a career. You kind of have to know your goals and know that if you’re not right for certain jobs, then you shouldn’t be doing them. If my body type isn’t right for ‘this’ and they want me to change, then they can find another girl in that sense.”
This type of message isn’t only exactly what women and young girls need to hear from a beautiful, “perfect” model, but sage advice that can be related to career paths other than modeling as well.
If only more of us had that kind of mind-set going into whatever our chosen career path is, then maybe more people would be happier or would make more mindful life choices.
And she isn’t done blowing our minds.
Hadid ups the badassery to epic levels, saying she took up boxing when she moved to New York because she needed a new sport as she wasn’t playing volleyball or horseback riding any longer.
Yeah, she’s a boxer, too.
Gigi Hadid, my newest role model.