A month ago, Gigi Hadid posted a note on Instagram addressing the pride she feels for her body in response to the fat-shaming she has been receiving. This body-positive message has been applauded and garnered lots of support. However, Victoria’s Secret model Blanca Padilla revealed on Spanish TV show Al Rincon that while she supports Gigi’s perspective, she is a special case. Most models aren’t accepted this way.
Translation from the fashion spot:
“Have you seen what happened with Gigi? I agree with what she said but on the other hand I want equality for everyone. She doesn’t mention her name or situation at all. I don’t have a problem with the fact that you’re a curvy girl on the runway, I support that. But if it was me with your same measurements going to a casting they would send me home to lose weight. Most of us have to conform to extreme measurements because otherwise we won’t book any jobs while others have the privilege to say that designers love them despite their curves. Well then, why do they love you? Maybe your millions of followers on Instagram might have something to do with it as well.”
During the interview, she discussed a plethora of problems in the modelling industry. Despite the body-positive messages that are currently sweeping the internet, there is still a long way to go in accepting women of all sizes.
” I’ve had to make sacrifices on my eating habits, but always being responsible, because there’s always people who think I have an eating disorder.
All my life I had been trying to gain weight and I used to ask my mum for a special diet to gain weight because I had a complex for being too thin, I wanted to be like my friends who had an *** and boobs. So it’s a huge personal shock when you go to a casting and someone tells you you’re fat. I’ve been told I’m fat to my face.”
“Sometimes people don’t understand that it’s as offensive to criticize someone for being underweight as it is for being overweight, especially when your job revolves around your image. I always think that one of the most important this you have to learn in this society is to accept yourself, and that’s very hard. Normal people have a lot of issues with this, and it’s the same for models because we actually work with our body and physical appearance. That’s added pressure, because this job isn’t about liking yourself, is about being like your clients want. People at home probably think I’m being dramatic, but the only way to truly understand this is if you work in the industry.”
“It seems like they’re all that matters not and the stuff that actually matters doesn’t anymore. I do benefit from social media but I think their influence is too crazy now. There are models who are only booked because of how many followers they have only, and there are very valid models out there who aren’t booking many jobs because they don’t have social media, and they might be as valid, if not more, than some of the popular girls now. So everything is quite perplexing now, not fair for everyone and definitely not equal for everyone.”