Tommy Hilfiger (opens in new tab) caused some unintentional side-eyes when chatting about Gigi Hadid, but there's more to his quote than meets the eye.
The designer originally implied that Hadid wasn't thin enough to wear some of the designs in his Fall show, telling YahooStyle (opens in new tab), "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.' So they put a red, white, and blue poncho on her. It covered a lot of her body, unfortunately, but it received millions of hits."
Hilfiger has since clarified (opens in new tab) his comment, saying he was distressed by the casting director's choice to cover Gigi's body, and that she is "perfection."
"The casting people put Gigi in the poncho, and I was not happy. I was saying, 'Don't hide her body.' Even though the poncho ended up being the best-selling piece, I was very unhappy. The suggestion that I thought she wasn't thin enough upsets me to no end. Gigi is the epitome of perfection."
Hadid has been upfront about the fact that her body is more muscular than typical on the runway, and even wrote a statement saying she's proud of her curves.
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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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