The model posted a series of tweets addressing her struggle with Hashimoto’s disease
Addressing the subject of her weight changing she said, “those of u (sic) who called me ‘too big for the industry’ were seeing inflammation & water retention due to that.” If you aren’t familiar, the autoimmune disease attacks the thyroid gland, which can lead to symptoms including fluctuations in weight, fatigue, muscle aches and depression.
Gigi explains that it can also amplify the effects of stress and excessive travel – causing her to lose weight. Despite that, she says internally she is healthier than ever. She went on to say, “I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesn't suit ur (sic) ‘beauty’ expectation, shouldn't have to.”
We wish Gigi the best with her health and commend her for sharing her story to help those who might be struggling with Hashimoto’s (or similar diseases) and how it hasn’t stopped her from pursuing a career in modelling.
Read the tweets below.
For those of you so determined to come up w why my body has changed over the years, 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.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018
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.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018
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. I may be “too skinny” for u, honestly this skinny isn’t what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and (cont)— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018
(cont) am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018
I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone, with a body type that doesnt suit ur “beauty” expectation, shouldnt have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing, stop putting me in that box just because u dont understand the way my body has matured.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018
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. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 11, 2018