Body shaming has become a more frequent occurrence due to the massive use of social media. Everyone from celebrities to normal people have experienced this in one form or another.
Tommy Hilfiger recently told Yahoo’s Style editor-in-chief, Joe Zee, that in 2015 he wanted to cast Gigi Hadid in his show, but the casting directors believed she was too fat and short.
Hilfiger still wanted her in his show, so they decided to hire her and just put her in their loose fitting poncho for that season. The article of clothing ended up being one of the most sold pieces from the collection, which led Hilfiger and his team to question their original decision.
“The casting people put Gigi in the poncho, and I was not happy,” said Hilfiger to CBS. “I was saying ‘don’t hide her body.’ The suggestion that I thought she wasn’t thin enough upsets me to no end. Gigi is the epitome of perfection.”
In their spring/summer 2016 fashion show, the casting director believed Hadid finally had the right body type to represent their bathing suit line. The brand began to popularize after Hadid finally had this positive association with the brand, leading to their decision to collaborate together for a clothing line.
“She would not be the Tommy girl if I didn’t think she was perfection, the ‘It Girl’ of today—not just because of her face, not just because of her body, but because of who she is,” continued Hilfiger to CBS.
Hadid is one of the most sought after supermodels currently and if she is body shamed imagine how many more people are. She is the perfect example of taking the high road when something bad is said about you, and changing it for the better.