Gigi Hadid recently designed an incredible fashion line for NYFW with clothing line Tommy Hilfiger, but when the real-life designer discussed one of their older collabs, he seemed to say something totally not cool about their history together – and her weight.
In a new interview with Yahoo Style, the designer recalled a runway show in February 2015 where Gigi modeled a chic capelet for the brand – but the outfit got way less cool when it seemed like Tommy implied she wore it because she was too heavy to wear anything else.
"Our casting director said, ‘She doesn’t really fit because you know she’s not quite as tall as the other girls, she’s not quite as thin,'" the designer said, explaining why the poncho was chosen as an alternative. "It covered a lot of her body unfortunately, but it received millions of hits."
If you're thinking, "oh no he did not just say that," we're right there with you. Not that it should matter, but Gigi is 5'10" and stunning. But Mr. Hilfiger has since responded to the controversy about this statement by issuing a statement that clarifies his thoughts.
“The casting people put Gigi in the poncho, and I was not happy. I was saying, ‘Don’t hide her body.’ Even though the poncho ended up being the best-selling piece, I was very unhappy," he said. "The suggestion that I thought she wasn’t thin enough upsets me to no end. Gigi is the epitome of perfection."
We really respect that Tommy cleared the air on this one, saying he never meant to criticize Gigi for her body, but unfortunately someone in the runway casting did, and that's just not okay.
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