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Gigi Hadid Tells Body-Shamers to Have More Empathy

Ever since starting her modeling career when she was just 17, Gigi Hadid hasn't caught a break from trolls. First, she was criticized for being "too big" to represent major fashion brands. Now, following a few runway walks at New York Fashion Week, people are judging her for being too thin. (Related: Why Gigi Hadid Hit This Guy In the Face Who Absolutely Deserved It

"Gigi Hadid looked soooo much better before she lost so much weight and got skinny," one commenter recently wrote on Twitter.

To put the hateful comments to rest, the 22-year-old took to Twitter to speak directly to her trolls, explaining how she's been suffering from Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune condition that gradually destroys the thyroid and how she shouldn't have to defend her physical appearance. 

"For those of you so determined to come up [with] why my body has changed over the years, you may not know that when I started [at] 17 I was not yet diagnosed [with] Hashimoto's disease; those of [you] who called me 'too big for the industry' were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that," Hadid said. 

"Over the last few years, I've been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body's ability to retain heat, etc…I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out," she continued. (Related: Your Thyroid: Separating Fact From Fiction)

Hadid added that she hasn't changed her eating habits and strives to be as healthy as possible given how demanding her job can be. "Although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better," she said. "I may be 'too skinny' for u, honestly this skinny isn't what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body every day, as everyone is." (Related: 8 Ways Skinny Shaming Happens at the Gym Any Why It's Not Okay

"I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn't suit [your] 'beauty' expectation, shouldn't have to," she added. "Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because [you] don't understand the way my body has matured."

"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," she said. "Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those [you] don't." (Check out some of our favorite lady Celebs Who Gave the Middle Finger to Body-Shamers.)

Fans were quick to show their support, including BFF Kendall Jenner who retweeted Hadid's post saying "Preach." 

Chrissy Teigen did one better:

Fellow model Lily Aldrige also showed Hadid some love, letting haters know that the last meal the duo shared together was a "fully loaded KFC feast."

Hats off to Gigi for always taking a stand against body-shaming—and here's hoping she never needs to again.

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