Gigi Hadid opens up about thyroid condition and urges body shamers to have ‘more empathy’

Gigi Hadid walks the runway during the Prabal Gurung fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City.
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Gigi Hadid has posted a response to people claiming the model is “too skinny,” stating she would no longer explain the way her body looks. 

Hadid posted a series of tweets explaining that changes to her body are a result of treatment for Hashimoto’s disease. 

According to the NHS, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition “caused by the immune system attacking the thyroid gland,” which can lead to “tiredness, weight gain and dry skin.” 

“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,” wrote Hadid on Twitter. 

She added that she’s been “properly medicated” over the past few years to deal with “metabolism issues” among other symptoms. 

“I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better,” wrote Hadid. 

“I may be “too skinny” for u, honestly this isn’t what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and […] am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is,” she continued. 

The model concluded by stating that she will not “further explain” the way her body looks, “just as anyone with a body type that doesn’t suit ur “beauty” expectations shouldn’t have to.” 

She urged readers to “learn to have more empathy for others” and to realise that “you never really know the whole story.” 

“Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t,” she concluded.


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