Gigi Hadid was a total
supermodel superhero when she took on a male attacker who grabbed her during Milan Fashion Week!
So obviously, after seeing the blonde beauty throw an elbow or two, fans were dying to know where she obtained her kick ass fighting skills.
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For Tuesday's edition of Lenny Letter, Yolanda Hadid's daughter dished to Lena Dunham:
"I played volleyball, and my coaches talked about muscle memory. I started boxing two years ago and I always remembered that. Since then, I hadn't been in a situation that forced me to fight back, but it just came out when he grabbed me — it wasn't a choice. I do have that fighter in me."
YAS KWEEN! However, despite being able to hold her own, the 21-year-old was certainly startled by the whole scene. Gigi continued:
"I remember taking the time, as it all felt slo-mo, to look at him, a stranger, and my first reaction was: ‘Get me out of this situation.' Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did."
Preach! What's crazy about this whole thing is not everyone initially supported the El Lay native following the attack.
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On the unflattering headlines about her street fight, Miz Hadid noted:
"The first article that was posted about the incident was headlined: ‘Not model behavior. Gigi aggressively lashes out and elbows fan in the face after he tries to pick her up. The supermodel angrily hit an unknown man before running to her car.' That's when I really got pissed.
First of all, it was a woman who wrote the story with that headline. What would you tell your daughter to do? If my behavior isn't model behavior, then what is? What would you have told your daughter to do in that situation?"
Tsk, tsk! Regardless, it appears as though this backlash has died down and Gigi is now viewed as more of a self defense spokesperson. In regards to her new role model status, Bella Hadid's sis explained:
"If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation. Practicing self-defense is important so that when you're in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation."
Well said! Gigi also credits her momma for preparing her for dealing with situations like this as the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum advised the gal to always trust her instincts.
Still, don't call Hadid a hero any time soon as she concluded:
"It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn't heroic to me. It was just what I had to do. It's very touching to me that people see it that way. I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don't have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it's everyone's right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself."
Hear! Hear! We're just glad Gigi has come out of this whole thing even stronger and more empowered!
[Image via WENN.]
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