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Gigi Hadid Sends Message After Her Attack: 'You Have The Right To Fight Back'


Last week, Gigi Hadid was leaving a Max Mara show in Milan when Ukranian “prankster” (read: career douchebag) Vitalii Sediuk ambushed the model and lifted her off the ground.

A video of the assault shows Gigi freeing her arms of Sediuk's grasp and elbowing him, after which he fled.

In a recent Lenny Letter, the 21-year-old spoke to Editor Lena Dunham about her instinct to fight back. Gigi said her initial reaction was, “Get me out of this situation,” and her muscle memory — from years of athletic training — helped her do so quickly.

She said,

After the video surfaced last Thursday, some members of social media and one journalist, in particular, criticized Gigi's actions as “aggressive” and “not model behavior.”


Despite backlash pinning the blame on Gigi, the victim of the unwarranted physical bombardment, many fans came to her defense, primarily women who are all too familiar with the reality of having to fend off unsolicited, potentially threatening interactions.


Gigi hopes her behavior will influence other women to provide themselves with the training they need when they find themselves at the mercy of an entitled and potentially violent attacker.

She said,

The social media star added how "empowering" it feels "to be able to defend yourself."

She added,

Keep those bows strong, Geeg.

Citations: Gigi Hadid Will Not Accept Street Harassment, and Neither Should You (Lenny Letter)