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Gigi Hadid slams body critics on Instagram

"I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high-fashion before," she wrote.

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Annie Martin
Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Anna Sui at New York Fashion Week on September 16. The model responded to body critics Monday on Instagram. File photo by Andrea Hanks/UPI
Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Anna Sui at New York Fashion Week on September 16. The model responded to body critics Monday on Instagram. File photo by Andrea Hanks/UPI | License Photo

PARIS, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Gigi Hadid slammed her critics in a lengthy post Monday on Instagram.

The 20-year-old model shared a body-positive message after social media users criticized a photo of herself she had posted from the Tommy Hilfiger New York Fashion Week show this month.

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"No, I don't have the same body type as the other models in shows," she wrote. "I represent a body image that wasn't accepted in high-fashion before, and I'm very lucky to be supported by the designers, stylists, and editors that I am."

"Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment," she continued. "Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body, they don't make me want to say no to the designers that ask me to be in their shows, and they definitely don't change the designers opinions of me."

Hadid is known for her work with Guess, Maybelline and Seafolly, and has walked the runway for Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel. The star's post elicited support from several celebrities, including model and America's Next Top Model host Tyra Banks.

"I haven't met you yet @gigihadid but I FEEL you so much," Banks wrote in response. "Your words are powerful. Your words are necessary. Your words are vulnerable. Your words are real. Sending you love and hugs. From one model that had curves and a unique walk to another, Tyra."

Gigi Hadid responded to body critics on Instagram after social media users slammed her appearance in this photo. Instagram/Gigi Hadid

Hadid is the eldest child of Mohamed Hadid and former model and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Foster. The young star previously addressed body image in an interview with the Daily Mail Australia in August.

"When I was growing up, I was really athletic and I had a very athletic body," Hadid said. "Once I started modeling, one of my things was like, 'Okay, like, yeah, I don't need to be a man volleyball player, but I also don't want to be like, two pounds soaking wet.'"

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