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Gigi Hadid knows her body has become slimmer in the last four years. But should anyone wonder whether that was because of industry pressure, the answer is no, Hadid made clear today. “It’s called growing up,” she appears to have written to a commenter on Instagram who accused her of losing weight to fit in. “Bodies change as girls become women, just as my mom’s body changed at the same age.”

“I loved my body as a 17-year-old athlete, and I love my body now,” she continued.

Hadid in September 2012

“Yes, I’ve lost some ‘baby fat,’ but muscle mass from my intensive volleyball training in high school has changed over the years into lean muscle from boxing and work stress can have its affect [sic], naturally, but purposefully changing my body has never been my thing.”

She is not restricting herself, either. “I still eat what I want, I’m still strong, and I’m still healthy. Your comments won’t get me down.”

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Last year, Hadid wrote an open letter to her body shamers, saying, “Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I’m not asking for special treatment. Your mean comments don’t make me want to change my body.”

As Hadid told then, “I just felt like I wasn’t scared to have a voice. Some people might think that it was maybe aggressive, but I just think that I was doing it because I want to stand up for myself. I think that I have the right to have a say because we all do on social media.”

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US