Tommy Hilfiger admits his casting director fat shamed Gigi Hadid, despite their close friendship...
Gigi Hadid might be one of the most beautiful women in the world, with top fashion designers eating out of the palm of her hand, but guess what? She’s still being body-shamed.
It’s no secret that Gigi’s pretty much BFFs with Tommy Hilfiger, after fronting tonnes of campaigns for the US fashion house and even designing her own Gigi x Tommy collection.
But in a new interview, the designer reveals that his people actually body shamed the model at her first Hilfiger Collection show after accused her of not being ‘thin enough’.
‘Our casting director said, “She doesn’t really fit because you know she’s not quite as tall as the other girls, she’s not quite as thin,'” Hilfiger told Yahoo Style. ‘So they put a red, white, and blue poncho on her. It covered a lot of her body unfortunately, but it received millions of hits.’
We mean, she actually looked killer in said poncho, but that’s hardly the point.
However, it seems he’s since been able to make amends with Hadid, as Tommy then offered her the chance to design with him.
‘I said, you know, “Why don’t we ask her to design a line with us?'” he explained. ‘I said, “Gigi, come design this with me, we’ll do a Gigi x Tommy couture line.'”
Gigi’s since been seen strutting down the Tommy runway in a multi-coloured crochet bikini, so clearly the casting directors changed their mind about Gigi’s body. But still – it’s kind of mind boggling to think this kind of body-shaming is STILL going on in the fashion industry, no?
We hope Gigi fought her corner hard with this one.