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[Updated] Tommy Hilfiger Put Gigi Hadid in a Poncho on the Runway Because She 'Wasn't Thin Enough'

The poncho in question. Photo: Getty Images

The poncho in question. Photo: Getty Images

Well, this is awkward: In an interview with Yahoo Style's Joe Zee, Tommy Hilfiger admits that Gigi Hadid almost didn't have her breakthrough runway moment at his fall 2015 show because she wasn't thin enough. 

"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,'" he tells Zee. "So they put a red, white and blue poncho on her."


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Of course, while Hilfiger says it's "unfortunate" that the poncho covered up Hadid's (great, in our opinion, both then and now) body, the photos of Hadid got so much attention online that Hilfiger decided he should collaborate with the now-supermodel and social media star. Since Hadid and Hilfiger are, in fact, still collaborating through the spring, it's probably safe to assume that it's water under the bridge between the two. Still, it's another reminder that perhaps body standards in the fashion and modeling industries have become far too unrealistic. If the "solution" to a body like Hadid's is to cover it up with a poncho, what about the other 98 percent of women who want to wear fashion? (Also, this is one behind-the-scenes secret Hilfiger might have wanted to keep backstage.)

You can watch the full interview at Yahoo.

Update: Tommy Hilfiger has sent out a statement regarding the video posted to Yahoo. It reads:

Gigi is truly the definition of a ‘Tommy Girl’ – her magnetic personality is bright, confident and always optimistic. I've known her for many years, and am extremely proud to have her as the ambassador of my brand and as a collaborator of our collections. Any statement to the contrary is completely false. The headline from the interview with Yahoo was misleading and has since been corrected.

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