Gigi Hadid Says Hashimoto’s Disease Did An Absolute Number On Her Body Image

In a chat with long-time friend Blake Lively for Harper’s Bazaar, supermodel and general life-goals Gigi Hadid has discussed how living with an autoimmune disorder has changed her body, challenging her body confidence and how she continues to love her body regardless.

Gigi was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease in 2014 – where your immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing the thyroid to eventually struggle to produce hormones. Ever since her diagnosis, Gigi has been on a strict diet to control the disorder’s effects.

In the interview, she notes that she really misses her curves, saying that she wishes she could get them back.

If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But, honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now.

The conversation shifts gears and the pair discuss the importance of recognising that pretty much every photo you see in a fashion editorial/ad/anything is absolutely photoshopped. Blake notes that she’s guilty of feeling crappy in shoots, but the knowledge that the image will be touched up is reassuring – but she wants to see every image with a “little asterisk” to remind people to look at these photos more like art, and less like reality.

It’s our job as actors and/or models to be in shape. And then on top of that, 99.9 percent of the time the images are photoshopped. I’m guilty myself of being at a photo shoot and saying, ‘That looks terrible on me.’ And they’re like, ‘We’ll fix it.’ And you’re so relieved.

Think of editorials or ads as a painting, an art form. I mean, that’s definitely not how we wake up looking every single day of our lives.

Both Blake and Gigi agree that they should host a breakfast talk show and tbh if it’s all about tearing down the veil between us plebs and the fashion world then I am super here for it.