She is all set to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show later this week – but all eyes appear to be on Bella Hadid before she even steps on the catwalk. The half-Palestinian model was forced to take to her Instagram page on Monday to amend a caption after her images attracted the unwanted attention of commenters needlessly dissecting her body. The 22-year-old had posted a series of selfies as she undertook fitting for the lingerie label’s annual show, telling her 20 millions followers “I can’t wait for you to see all of the beautiful outfits”. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the show again, feeling happier and healthier than ever,” the runway star wrote.
However, discussion uninvitedly kicked off in the comments about Hadid’s physique, leading her to add to her caption: “All body types are different and react differently to a great workout routine and a healthy diet.” Not that the model should need to explain herself – after all, a body is no one’s concern but its owner’s.
Hadid will be making a turn to the VS runway, after previously walking for the brand in 2016 and 2017 – she’ll also be joined by sister Gigi, as well as close friend Kendall Jenner, in this year’s New York show. The model previously spoke out about her shape around the time of her first Victoria’s Secret catwalk, telling People she had “lose weight and gained weight”. “My weight fluctuates and so does everybody’s and I think that if people are gonna judge, that’s the worst you can possible do because everybody is different.”
The star isn’t the first in her family who has defended her figure online, either – elder sister Gigi also called time on the constant discussion over her body earlier this year. The fellow model revealed any change in her shape has been down to an ongoing health battle, after being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease .“Those of you who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation and water retention due to that,” the 23-year-old posted on Twitter in February. “Although stress and 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. I may be ‘too skinny’ for you—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.”
Hopefully, Gigi’s message of empathy sticks with her sister’s followers too. “Know that you never really know the whole story,” the model urged. “Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”