Bye, haters, bye! Gigi Hadid posted a fierce bikini selfie on Sunday, August 14, via Instagram, inspiring more than 5,000 comments — but one in particular caught her eye. One body-shamer made it a point to tell the Tommy Hilfiger brand ambassador that she’s lost too much weight since signing with IMG Models at 17, and Hadid shut her down in the classiest way possible.
“@deltaphe it’s called growing up,” Hadid, 21, began her reply, which was captured and tweeted out by @sellyhadids on August 15. “Bodies change as girls become women, just as my [mom Yolanda Foster‘s] body changed at the same age. Having my body judged over the span of the 4 teen-to-woman years has really shown me the human tendency to label and make uneducated judgement.”
The model, who covered Vogue‘s Olympics-themed August issue, went on, “I loved my body as a 17 year old athlete and I love my body now. Yes, I’ve lost some ‘baby fat,’ but muscle mass from my extensive volleyball training in high school has changed over the years into lean muscle from boxing, and work stress can have its affect, naturally, but purposefully chaining my body has never been my thing.. 😉 lol. I still eat what I want, I’m still strong, and I’m still healthy.”
And then, just in case the commenter was considering trolling her ever again, Hadid added these final words of advice: “Your comment won’t get me down, but next time, please think about the young women who many read body-judgment comments and judge themselves as they see their bodies growing and therefor naturally changing, too. Xo”
Both Hadid and her famous mother, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum Foster — who’s slowly returning to the modeling world amid a public battle with Lyme disease — both liked the tweet, which seems to confirm the Versace model’s words.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Hadid has hit back at internet trolls. Back in September, the blonde stunner, who is dating former One Direction member Zayn Malik, slammed commenters who said that she was too curvy for the runway.
“No, I don’t think I have the same body type as the other models in shows,” she wrote at the time. “No, I don’t think I am the best at any given show. Yes, I want a unique walk but I also know I have to improve.”
She added, “No, I’m not the first or last model of my type in this industry. You can make up all the reasons you think I am where I am, but really, I’m a hard worker that’s confident in myself, one that came at a time where the fashion industry was ready for a change.”