Gigi Hadid, a Sports Illustrated supermodel who's appeared on the covers of magazines like Vogue and W Magazine, on runways for New York Fashion Week shows like Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jeremy Scott, and in campaigns for Guess and Maybelline, has an outstanding presence in both the fashion and social media worlds.
But, like so many other women who have been criticized for their weight, Hadid is all too familiar with body shamers.
"Ms. Hadid's appearances tend to quickly become social media spectacles (anecdotally, phones seem to rise for photos far more often when she's on a runway), but the attention hasn't all been positive," The New York Times explains.
So Hadid decided to shut it down.
On Monday, Hadid took to her social media outlets to post an open, honest, and powerful message — directed right towards her haters.
"I came to the realization that when one gets to this point, it's important to rethink why you're doing what you do. What your message is. What you have to say," she begins.
"I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high-fashion before, and I'm very lucky to be supported by the designers, stylists, and editors that I am: ones that know this is fashion, it's art; it can never stay the same."
"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..."
"If you don't like it, don't follow me, don't watch me, cause I'm not going anywhere. If I didn't have the body I do, I wouldn't have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I'm proud of it."
"I've said it before... I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about the things that inspire them over the things that bring others down. At least be open if not part of the change, because it's undeniably happening."
Cue the mic drop.
The post, which now has over 200,000 likes on Instagram, rallied together other models in the industry who had nothing but support and kind words for Hadid.
Likewise, supermodel Tyra Banksadded: "I haven't met you yet @gigihadid but I FEEL you so much. Your words are powerful. Your words are necessary. Your words are vulnerable. Your words are real. Sending you love and hugs. From one model that had curves and a unique walk to another, Tyra."
"This is from one of the sweetest, smartest, and most beautiful girl inside and out, in the world. Why do people with no life, no purpose, who are angry and bitter and ignorant, or just plain nasty and mean, choose to bring everyone else down instead of finding the best in others? I will never understand the BULLYS that lurk on Instagram just to try and ruin someone else's spirit. If all of their horrible negative energy was focused on being positive and seeing good, imagine what a better more peaceful place this world would be. Spread love and joy everyone, not hate. It only reflects what kind of person you are. Something good might come of it...lift others up. Do unto others as you would like done to you....Love One Another."
But Hadid wasn't done.
A few hours later, Hadid took to Twitter to tweet out her love for women with all body types, from Beyoncé to Serena Williams to Taylor Swift and Rihanna. #AllDifferentAllPerfect:
And it's true — everyone is different, everyone is perfect, and, with that knowledge, there is no stopping us.