After Being Called 'Too Thin,' Gigi Hadid Is Opening Up About Her Autoimmune Disease

"Learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story."

Model Gigi Hadid has been busy walking runways at New York Fashion Week shows for Brandon Maxwell, Jeremy Scott, and Bottega Veneta, but she took a moment last night to make a statement to body-shamers. The 22-year-old model has been subjected to criticism about her body from hoards of people on social media throughout her career, but now she's shutting down the trolls once again — this time, for being too thin. 

Back in 2015, Hadid was critiqued for being curvier than other straight-sized models. At the time, she took to Instagram to address the negative comments. "No, I don't have the same body type as the other models in shows," she wrote in the post. "I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high-fashion before ...Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm fitting into my sample sizes. Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body."

Now, years later, people are shaming Hadid for being too skinny. Many have commented on her thinness and saying that she appears to have lost a lot of weight. Last night, Hadid took to Twitter to call out these critics and open up about her struggle with Hashimoto's disease, a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid. The condition causes inflammation which often leads to hypothyroidism. People with hypothyroidism can experience weight gain, fatigue, and muscles aches. 

"For those of you so determined to come up [with] 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," Hadid wrote on Twitter

The model revealed that she's been medicated to treat her symptoms and took part in "a holistic medical trial" which helped to normalize her thyroid levels. 

"Although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better," Hadid continued. "I may be 'too skinny' for u, honestly this skinny isn't what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body every day, as everyone is."

She closed by calling out bod- shamers and asking them to think twice before spreading such negativity. In addition, she said she would no longer justify her shape to them and denied using drugs. 

"I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a  body type that doesn't suit ur 'beauty' expectation, shouldn't have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u don't understand the way my body has matured," she wrote. "Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don't." 

Luckily, Hadid has a great support system. Fellow models and friends responded to her Twitter thread with kindness and words of encouragement. 

Cover image via Ovidiu Hrubaru / Shutterstock.com

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