Both Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively have been very open about the negativity they have to deal with on social media. So, when Lively sat down to interview her close friend for the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar US, the conversation soon turned to just this.
When speaking about the negative impact of using Instagram, Hadid was quick to point out how painful comments about her weight can be, constantly feeling like she has to justify the way she looks.
“Nowadays, people are quick to say, ‘I used to love Gigi’s body, and now she just gave in’. But I’m not skinny because I gave into the industry. When I had a more athletic figure, I was proud of my body because I was an amazing volleyball player and horseback rider. But after discovering that I have Hashimoto’s [an autoimmune disease], I needed to eat healthy and work out.”
Lively was quick to point out how Hadid has been forced to deal with both extremes of this.
“You’ve been on both sides of it,” she said. “You were body shamed for being ‘too big’ when you first started modelling. And now you’re body shamed for being ‘too skinny’.”
The model then went on to say that she would rather be the more "athletic" size she was previously, but that this isn’t her choice.
“If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then and I love my body now.”
Both Lively and Hadid also made a point about how unfair it is for women to compare themselves to the models and actors they see in magazines or on Instagram.
“It’s so important for young people not to compare themselves with what they see online,” Lively said. “It’s our job as actors and models to be in shape. We have access to gyms and trainers and healthy food. And then on top of that, 99.9 per cent of the time, the images are Photoshopped.”
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