Gigi Hadid spoke up about her experience with Hashimoto’s disease on Twitter after people who saw her walk at New York Fashion Week criticized her for being “too skinny” according to Bustle.
Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease that targets the thyroids and can result in hormone fluctuations, according to Huffington Post. On Twitter, the 22-year-old model detailed some other ways the disease has affected her health and body, which included “extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body’s ability to retain heat, etc.”
E! News quoted Hadid saying that she feels “healthier internally” after receiving proper treatment for Hashimoto’s disease, but she is “still learning and growing with my body, as everyone is.”
According to People, Hadid says she appreciates her body even more after her diagnosis. She told E! News “I loved my body when I was just diagnosed, and I loved [it] going through it, and I love my body now” while she was at New York Fashion week on Monday.
Hadid also clarified that she has not been starving herself, and that her fluctuation in weight was in fact due to her condition now being under control and her body processing food properly, according to Bustle.
Hadid had been criticized only a few years ago for being too heavy. She acknowledged this as well by saying “Those of u who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation & water retention due to [Hashimoto’s disease].”
Along with speaking on her condition, Hadid also spoke out against those who body-shamed her online. According to Huffington Post she “implored others to have more empathy.”
Hadid said people should not have the authority to decide if her body is acceptable. Moreover, she believes she should not have had to give away personal information in order to explain why her body is the way it is.
As Huffington Post pointed out, actress Ruby Rose came to Gigi’s defense on Twitter, saying “sorry you have to explain something so ridiculous.”
Several other models voiced their support for Hadid as well, including Kendall Jenner, who responded by saying “preach.” Martha Hunt, Lily Aldridge and Hailey Baldwin also stood behind Hadid and echoed a message of body positivity.
According to E! News, Hadid concluded her Twitter response by saying “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn’t suit [your] ‘beauty’ expectation, shouldn’t have to.”