Gigi Hadid has been criticised by idiots online who don’t understand the biology of body hair.
It’s Christmas time and thus LOVE magazine releases its progressive feminist fashion advent calendar, starring the likes of Emily Ratajkowski, Rita Ora, Slick Woods and Bella Hadid.
The elder of the Hadid sisters, Gigi, of course, has made an appearance too, shot by Phil Poynter in a ‘Headmaster Grand style’ video.
Despite being widely regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Gigi has still received abuse online for her appearance, and apparently no one is safe from trolls.
And all over a little bit of body hair.
Showing off her fit physique and boxing moves, the 22-year-old American supermodel’s Lycra two-piece activewear, emblazoned with her own name, revealed underarm hair.
Cue: a backward and scarily squeamish portion of society losing their collective mind.
The video was shared to Instagram by the liberating, progressive fashion magazine:
?Happy Monday! Day 11 of #LOVEADVENT is @gigihadid “I love seeing everyone else's videos. It's celebratory of epic human beings and always pushes boundaries.” Says Gigi “The fashion circle is a family, so the Love Advent kind of feels like a Holiday Year Book in a way. Headmaster Grand style.” #STAYSTRONG?Link in bio to full film Director @philpoynter Fashion Editor @sallylyndley Make-up @hungvanngo Hair @cameronjon Casting @bitton and @twodadstwokids Music @nathangregorywilkins and @richardxbm DOP @hashtaghankoff Production @serlinassociates Post Production @millchannel and @millbeautychannel Editor @kateowenedit
Another viewer insisted they had been ‘distracted’ by the look, commenting:
Her armpit hair was too distracting for me to watch the video. That should of been shaved. This magazine should of [sic] known this before shooting and releasing this video. Just not a clean look!
One apparently ‘excused’ the natural abomination by adding it may have just been the fabric ‘rubbing off’ on Gigi’s skin. Another not-so eloquent naysayer simply wrote, ‘ew’.
However, on closer inspection, which left one Instagram observer ‘shook’, a fact biologists have known since the dawn of science and women have known since the dawn of humankind was confirmed: Gigi Hadid, like every women before her and after her, grows armpit hair.
Thankfully, many of the commentators came out to support Gigi’s rightful decision to not spend a ridiculous amount of money on feminine grooming products – marked up because they’re pink – or spend her valuable time shaving the various nooks and crevices societal beauty standards dictate should be hair-free on women.
One sensible soul put it well when she wrote:
For all of you women commenting rude words and hating on this: You are missing the main point of this campaign.
While you’re thinking ‘shame on Gigi for not shaving her armpits and letting me see them on Instagram (omg I won’t sleep tonite)’ you should really feel ashamed of yourself for showing us yet again that unity and unconditional love and support between each other is far from happening until there are these social boundaries that really exist nowhere but in your minds.
Gigi herself shared a statement as the video was released, writing:
I love seeing everyone else’s videos. It’s celebratory of epic human beings and always pushes boundaries. The fashion circle is a family, so the Love Advent kind of feels like a Holiday Year Book in a way.
Luckily, Gigi is used to using her boxing skills to rid herself of creeps and misogynistic people, just like her attacker on the streets of New York. Maybe she’ll be able to kick these haters to the metaphorical social media curb, too.
?On the 3rd day of Christmas my true #LOVEADVENT gave to me @emrata’s amazing polemic on female empowerment. “To me, female sexuality and sexiness, no matter how conditioned it may be by a patriarchal ideal, can be incredibly empowering for a woman if she feels it is empowering to her. The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex – those are my decisions and they shouldn't be impacted by men. Being sexy is fun and I like it. I should never have to apologize for that. My life is on my terms and if I feel like putting on sexy underwear, it’s for me. Personal choice is the core ideal in my concept of feminism. Katie directed us to say ‘Stay Strong’ at the end of each video and I think it's a message from one woman to another. You're watching a video of a girl grinding in lingerie or whatever else and she is looking into the camera at the end saying, ‘you do you, however YOU want to, fuck the rest’. In the wake of the Harvey fallout and women coming forward with incredible amounts of sexual harassment cases, I have been so disappointed to hear women talk about "modesty" and "our responsibility" as if we need to, yet again, adjust to make it "easier" for the rest of the world. I'm tired of having to consider how I might be perceived by men if I wear the short skirt or post a sexy Instagram. I want to do what I want to do. Feminism isn't about adjusting, it's about freedom and choice. Do you think viewers will understand that, given the current wider conversation about the sexual objectification of women? why or why not? What are the risks? This is something I've battled with personally and publicly. I've had men comment on sexy images of me online and say "this is empowering to you? Ha! I just masturbated to it so hope you feel good about yourself!" I guess that's the way people can react, which ironically, ultimately serves my point. I don't care about your reaction or what you do with my expression of self. In fact, it has nothing to do with you at all and that's the point-which is why it feels good. Ultimately, if a woman wants to wear a burka or nothing at all, it's great if it's what she wants and feels good about.”?#STAYSTRONG Link in bio to full film
The LOVE Advent Calendar recently came under fire from antagonistic journalist, Piers Morgan, who continued his sad, long-standing but one-sided diatribe against Emily Ratajkowski when he said her feature in the magazine’s series didn’t constitute feminism.
Morgan, a self-proclaimed feminist, was quickly schooled by the model and scholar, when Ms Rata tweeted him, explaining ‘telling women what to do with their bodies & sexuality is actually just classic sexism’.
We’ve been here before. Piers took to Twitter after the Golden Globes to berate Ms. Ratajkowski’s red carpet dress choice, because the freedom of expression we all hold dear also entitles Morgan to pass on style advice that literally no one has ever asked for.
Out of the hundreds of photographs of Emily, Piers sought out an image in which her underwear is on show and tweeted the photograph.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 9, 2017
He captioned it:
Here’s @emrata deliberately flashing her knickers on #globes red carpet. Another triumph for feminist empowerment!
Emily demonstrated the split in an Eli Saab canary yellow satin dress – something she was possibly contractually obliged to do for the fashion house, in exchange for the pleasure of wearing the couture gown.
Piers tweeted his ignorant sentiment for all the world to see, presumably in a ploy to embarrass Ratajkowski or – even more sinister – to coerce her into covering her body.
His tweet is an insult to the very idea of ‘female empowerment’ Piers claims to be upholding – and an insult to the the diversity of the human form; something we should all embrace no matter what shape or size it comes in.
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) July 7, 2016
It’s not the first time Piers has singled out Emily.
Responding to a tweet about a nude photo shoot in Harper’s Bazaar, Piers asked Emily if she needed him to buy her some clothes.
Needless to say, it was creepy as hell:
thanks, but I don't need clothes as much as you need press.
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) July 7, 2016
You're the one who keeps talking about me in interviews.
I'm beginning to think you secretly fancy me. https://t.co/isVSD3nntP
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 7, 2016
Is that what you look like with your clothes on? https://t.co/ScKtwzXhb4
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 7, 2016
Perhaps Piers never learned not to judge a person – just as you wouldn’t with a book – by their cover, or their lack of inclination to cover up, for that matter.
His manner of insulting a woman in the name of gender equality to further his own brand of disrespectful journalism is not only unkind, but inhuman.
Piers’ tirade is another triumph for misogyny masquerading as so-called righteous deliverance from the empowering sexuality and success of a young woman – the sort of narrative that makes it okay to criticise a woman for not shaving her armpits.
Newsflash: It’s not okay to criticise a woman for not shaving her armpits. Sadly, thus in 2017, this isn’t the first time a woman in the public eye has been criticised for her pubic hair.
The daughter of pop legend Michael Jackson, Paris, received a torrent of sexist abuse when the slack-jawed yokels saw she hadn’t shaved her legs or armpits – for an appearance on TV no less, shock horror!
So the 19-year-old shared some truths on Instagram:
When, oh, when will people stop being freaked out by strong women who do what they want with their bodies?
Shaved or unshaven.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.