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Gigi Hadid Wasn't 'Thin' Enough In 2015 According To Tommy Hilfiger

The designer 'covered up' her body on purpose.

03/11/2016 09:53 | Updated 03 November 2016

Tommy Hilfiger has body-shamed Gigi Hadid in a new interview, revealing just how fickle the fashion industry can be.

Speaking to Yahoo! Style, Hilfiger said that his brand’s casting director said Hadid didn’t “fit” with the other models in their AW15 catwalk show.

“She’s not quite as tall as the other girls, she’s not quite as thin,” he said.

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Gigi Hadid backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2015 show at New York Fashion Week

Hilfiger said the stylists “covered a lot of her body” for the runway show, dressing Hadid in a giant red poncho.

To the brand’s surprise, the poncho then started receiving “millions of hits” online as fans rushed to copy the budding supermodel’s style.

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Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2016 at New York Fashion Week

Realising she was about to hit the big time, Hilfiger then gave Hadid a starring role in the brand’s SS16 show seven months later.

Apparently they decided she was “thin” and “tall” enough to actually show her body in a bikini this time. *eye roll*

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Gigi Hadid walks the runway for Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2016

Officially now one of the top-earning models in the world, Hadid was once again chosen to open and close Tommy Hilfiger’s show - this time for their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection.

She was so popular, in fact, that Tommy Hilfiger himself asked her to design a capsule collection for the brand and front its new perfume campaign.

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Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid in Manhattan on 9 September 2016.

Hadid is yet to respond to Hilfiger’s comments, but has previously called out her body-shamers in a powerful Instagram post.

“If I didn’t have the body I do, I wouldn’t have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I’m proud of it,” she wrote.

“If you don’t like me, don’t watch me, cause I’m not going anywhere.”

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