Gigi Hadid is opening up about how important it is for her to stay active!
The model shared her thoughts at her recent boxing/self-defense class with Gotham Gym trainer Rob Piela as part of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign.
“I couldn’t just come here and sign up for a gym and go running,” Gigi told Teen Vogue. “I needed to find something that gave me a coach, gave me a family. When I walk into Gotham, they don’t care about me as a model or what my body looks like — they care that I give a good punch! That’s how I want to be judged, because that’s what I find pride in.”
“That’s why being an athlete was such a big part of me being proud of myself and proud of my skin,” she added. “My coaches didn’t care about how I looked, they care about me because I was a good teammate and a good friend and I worked really hard. Those are the things that made me feel strong.”
Pictured inside: Gigi shopping at Victoria’s Secret on Thursday (December 8) in New York City, and her sister Bella Hadid arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, to catch a flight to New York on Wednesday (December 7).
Click inside to read what Gigi had to say about how she deals with gossip…
“Sometimes you have hard days and sometimes people judge you just by guessing from a photo,” Gigi said. “Like she’s a bad girlfriend because she wasn’t smiling the second she walked out the door or she’s this or she’s that … You start to think you’re supposed to be perfect in all of these moments, but you have to remind yourself that you do everything with good intent. The mental thing is the most important thing.”
“Before modeling, my mom said, ‘develop yourself and what you think about yourself before you go into an industry where the rest of the world is going to judge you,’” she added.