Model sets Insta-Haters straight!

Posted on September 30 2015

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or short coming, but who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions. Who spends himself for a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly!"  -Theodore Roosevelt

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Fashionmodels have been idolized and vilified, glorified and scrutinized; essentially loved and hated since the dawn of dress making. However, with the anonymity of social media, message boards, and pop-up cruelty, the internet of things has become an increasingly dangerous war of words, with land mines of negativity and cyber bullying exploding like sharp tongued shrapnel meant to attack the very soul of its victims; all while hiding behind the armor of "free speech" and obscure profiles. Criticism has reached an all time voracious high and opinions have become rapidly as vile as they are viral.

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Versace Show, Milan Fashion's most recent target has been aimed at new "it-girl" Gigi Hadid (part of the 'Swift' squad and gf to Joe Jonas). Although Hadid has been strutting her stuff up and down the catwalk this season in shows for everyone from Versace to Tommy Hilfiger, it appears a buzz backlash has fired up over what some consider as her less than model-like figure. Thin in comparison to the average woman, Gigi proudly flaunts her hips and boobs- previously aberrant in the high fashion world of modeling. Haters in full attack mode have accused Hadid of warranting special treatment by designers, while seemingly blasting her runway walk. After receiving a ring of rude comments from Instagram followers, Gigi posted an honest and gracious response to naysayers with a heartfelt letter defending her body, her career choices, and an industry amidst what Hadid notes as going through an undeniable change.

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Tommy Hilfiger, Spring '16 Unfortunately, the truth is, some people will always be quick to judge someone else's perceived flaws, which is usually more a projection of the judger than the reality of the judged. Gigi ends her post with the repose of a wise and thoughtful spirit stating, "I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about the things that inspire them over the things that bring others down." I wholeheartedly second that emotion and hope that the courage and vulnerability exemplified by Hadid will inspire and encourage more doers... To get in the arena and dare greatly!

Screenshot 2015-09-30 15.32.33 Steven Meisel for W Magazine Screenshot 2015-09-30 15.20.52 Gigi's full post

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