Bella Hadid created a stir on social media after posting a few photos to her Instagram.
The supermodel shared photos of herself in fittings for the upcoming Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the world responded to the model who sported a bra, underwear and thigh-high boots, saying things like:
“Wow. I see a skeleton and [that’s] what us women wanna look like? Hell no.”
“She looks scary in that second photo extremely skinny literally her bones are poking out”
“Girly needs food that second pic is terrifying.”
“She needs a sandwich.”
“yeah there’s no way this is healthy.. idc what kind of lifestyle you lead. If we can see the skin hanging off your rib cage, you are underweight and need to eat more.”
“nothing wrong with being skinny, but there is something wrong with influencing 22 million young girls into believing that this is natural and/or healthy.”
And instead of responding with any negativity, Hadid clapped back at body-shamers with a caption of her Instagram. Saying:
″@victoriassecret fittings today. i can’t wait for you to see all of the beautiful outfits … i’m so grateful to be a part of the show again, feeling happier and healthier than ever,” she penned.
The model added, “All body types are different and react differently to a great workout routine and a healthy diet.” She shared, ending the message with heart and flex arm muscle emojis.
Hadid’s response was very similar to her sister and fellow model, Gigi Hadid, has reacted when people have critiqued her body.
“For those of you so determined to come up w 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,” the model posted to Twitter back in February.
Hashimoto’s disease is “a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s functions.” according to Mayo Clinic.
“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,” Gigi Hadid added. “Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t.”
Those who are wanting to change their health behaviors or are struggling with issues relating to stigmatization should chat with their doctor — and the public should always be respectful of diversity at whichever end of the spectrum folks are at.
“Health is a complicated and multi-faceted concept, and it can change at any time. That’s why it’s important that we have the chance to love and appreciate our bodies regardless of health status.” Everyday Feminism states.
“People of all sizes and health statuses have every right to love and appreciate our bodies, and photograph them in any, or few, or no clothes, and post them to Instagram for whatever our reasons might be.”
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