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Gigi Hadid Responds to Tommy Hilfiger's Comments About Her Body

The model says she knows why Hilfiger said what he said.
Gigi Hadid on the Tommy Hilfiger runway. Photo: Imaxtree

Gigi Hadid on the Tommy Hilfiger runway. Photo: Imaxtree

Less than two weeks ago, designer Tommy Hilfiger drew (not-so-positive) attention after making comments about model Gigi Hadid during a video interview with Yahoo Style's Joe Zee. "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,'" Hilfiger told Zee. "So they put a red, white and blue poncho on her."

For obvious reasons, plenty of people took issue with that statement (including us). Hilfiger later issued a response trying to clarify the context of his comments, but Hadid herself has remained fairly mum on the issue — until Wednesday, when she sat down for an interview with "Access Hollywood." The reporter asked her point-blank about the controversy, and to Hadid's credit, her response came off as professional, diplomatic and genuine. 

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"I know that when Tommy said it last week, it was in context of a larger story that wasn't shown in that video," said Hadid. "I know that the point of that story was that Tommy was rooting for me, and that regardless of what the stylist of that season said or what he put me in, Tommy wanted me in the show and Tommy was pushing for me and Tommy loved my curves." You can watch her full reaction in the video above.

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