“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.’ I played volleyball, and my coaches talked about muscle memory,” she said. “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.
“Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. 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,” she continued, before addressing negative headlines in the media.
“The first article that was posted about the incident was headlined: ‘Not model behavior,” Hadid noted. “That’s when I really got pissed. First of all, it was a woman who wrote the story with that headline. If my behavior isn’t model behavior, then what is?”
On today’s @lennyletter, vigilante street harassment fighter @gigihadid talks about the power of self-defense and why protecting yourself IS model behavior. Link in bio angels ❤️ Thanks to Gigi for sharing her story and empowering the rest of us to get the left hook 💯 Illo by Laura Serra 💪 Link in bio
Read the rest of Hadid’s thoughts in their entirety here.