Gigi Hadid is one of the worlds most famous supermodels and whilst that is an incredible thing – it can sometimes work against her favour.
Whilst in Milan with her sister and fellow model, Bella Hadid, the pair were on their way out of the Max Mara show surrounded by security guards to get to their car.
However, Gigi didn’t suspect an attacker, now known as supposed ‘celebrity prankster’ Vitalii Sediuk, to creep up behind her and grab her around the waist.
Gigi defended herself when a man grabs her after the Max Mara show. pic.twitter.com/IsHEkTkkER
— Hadid News (@HadidNews) September 22, 2016
The assailant lifted her up and wouldn’t let go of the 21-year-old, that is until Gigi took the appropriate action of defending herself.
She elbowed Vitalii in the face before he fled and Gigi tried to run after him. She was stopped by her security guards but it was clear that the whole situation really got to her.
She tweeted after the incident:
GIRLS, prepare yourselves so that, if you ever feel in danger, MUSCLE MEMORY can fight back for you. Thank you all so much for ur support.❤️
— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
This was an incredible piece of advice and despite articles claiming that Gigi didn’t act ‘like a model’ in that moment, we’re sure that every woman believes that she was entirely courageous and justified in her actions.
According to the attacker’s Instagram, he posted a reason as to why he felt that grabbing a young woman without her consent was okay:
‘While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram. You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wake-up call for Anna Wintour, who turned Vogue into a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well respected magazine.’
Whilst opinions on the fashion industry are completely right to express, it is not okay to touch anyone without their permission.
Maybe instead of claiming that grabbing young women is that of a ‘protest’ – Vitalli should actually do something constructive with his opinions…