Gigi Hadid is not your ordinary model. When she’s not busy slayyying it on the runway or schooling us on streetstyle, you can often find her perfecting her boxing skills with her PT. Basically, she’s one helluva lady.
Just last week, all those hours of practice came into their own when Gigi was attacked by celebrity prankster (and total DOUCHE), Vitalii Sediuk, as she left the MaxMara fashion show in Milan. Rather than letting Sediuk pick her up against her will, Gigi’s quick-thinking meant she managed to elbow the attacker, prompting him to put her down and run away.
While we were over here applauding our screen and praising Gigi for defending herself like a BOSS, some a**holes out there slammed Gigi’s actions as it ‘wasn’t model behaviour’. Ughhh.
Now, Gigi’s hit back with an EPIC response, published in Lena Dunham’s famous Lenny Letter newsletter and we’re getting serious #girlpower feels just reading it.
"The first article that was posted about the incident was headlined: 'Not model behaviour. Gigi aggressively lashes out and elbows fan in the face after he tries to pick her up...' That's when I really got pissed,” Gigi wrote.
And she’s got a point. ‘You should have just let that random guy pick you up in the middle of the street,’ said no mum, ever. Instead, Gigi’s mama, Yolanda Foster was super proud of her girl’s skillz.
"When my mum first saw what had happened, she texted me the picture of me elbowing the guy and (among other messages of support) said, 'Good girl.' My mum has taught me the power of my instincts since I was a kid."
While Gi’s always been into keeping fit, she’s never had to defend herself before. "I played volleyball, and my coaches talked about muscle memory. I started boxing two years ago and I always remembered that. Since then, I hadn't been in a situation that forced me to fight back, but it just came out when he grabbed—me it wasn't a choice. I do have that fighter in me," she writes.
In the moment, she explains it was a reflex response to hit back and she wants other women to know they are totally justified in defending themselves. "Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation."
Amen to that!
To top things off, Gi’s also super modest about the whole thing and we honestly couldn’t love her any more RN.
"It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn't heroic to me. It was just what I had to do,” she writes. “It's very touching to me that people see it that way. I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don't have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it's everyone's right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."
BRB – signing up to a kickboxing class.