Gigi Hadid talks to Lena Dunham about that Milan attack
The model hits back at critics who said she didn't display "model behaviour" and advises all women to learn self-defence
After being grabbed by a prankster in Milan, Gigi Hadid received both praise and criticism for how she reacted (she elbowed him in the face and chased after him before storming back to her car). On one hand, many lauded her for defending herself, but yet on the other, there were also people (women included) who claimed that what she did wasn't "model behaviour".
In response to the latter, Gigi spoke to Lena Dunham and wrote about it on Lena's online feminist newsletter, Lenny Letter. In her own words, Gigi hit back at her critics by saying that the danger she felt was very real, and that she had every right to fight back physically. Let's be honest: is Gigi, or anyone, supposed to just let someone grab her and not react just because it wasn't model-like?
"If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation," she wrote. "Practicing self-defence is important so that when you're in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up."
Gigi also asked the most pertinent question of all: "What would you have told your daughter to do in that situation?" Bearing in mind that your daughter may not have security staff who can protect her, would you be saying the same things about Gigi being "aggressive" if something like that were to happen to your daughter?
Chances are you wouldn't, and Gigi's mother Yolanda thinks the same. According to Gigi, her mum praised her reaction and sent supportive messages like "good girl" to her.
"My mom has taught me the power of my instincts since I was a kid," the 21-year-old added. "She'd always be like, 'OK. Pay attention to the people who make you feel uncomfortable. I want you to tap into that and be aware of it.' I continue to use that intuition with the fashion industry and the people who I have to be around. It usually guides me pretty well. I think it guided me in this situation, too."