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Gigi Hadid Speaks Out After Being Attacked in Milan

Gigi Hadid Speaks Out After Being Attacked in Milan

Gigi Hadid is speaking out after being attacked by a notorious prankster as she left a fashion show last week in Milan, Italy.

The 21-year-old model opened up in an a Lenny Letter, explaining how she felt as the man grabbed her and how her instincts kicked in and helped her quickly react.

“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. 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,” she explained.

Gigi added, “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.”

“Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation,” she added.

Gigi concluded, “It sounds cliché to say it, but in the moment, it wasn’t heroic to me. It was just what I had to do. It’s very touching to me that people see it that way. I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don’t have the cameras around that provoke social-media support. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself.”

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  • Gina

    Why is this chick milking this? She elbowed a man in the face & yet his hat and glasses stayed firmly on the whole time. Clearly she’s not the bad ass she thinks she is.

  • Blake

    i wouldnt say that was an attack, she wasnt harmed.

  • Will

    Try being a good role model and dress appropriately teach girls they don’t have to be *hores to get approval from men. If you respect yourself your more likely to not take crap from losers. And she as never in danger this guy is famous for doing that garbage to celebs.

  • John Dow

    Press charges against that man or shut up.

  • Allure

    don’t really know who this person is or why she is in the public eye but ANYBODY who is ATTACKED UNPROVOKED has the RIGHT TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.

  • laura

    She probably wasn’t in actual danger, but she felt like she was. Nobody likes the feeling of a random stranger picking them up in the streets, just like that…

  • http://letsgreenit.blogspot.com/ Arwa M.

    Of course; girls always need to “dress appropriately” or else every f***ing BS has the right to touch them.

  • jane

    you do have to be aware of what you’re selling, you know. personal responsibility for some of it. she presents a trashy image and men will see her as trash. that’s how it is. he was picking up some garbage.

  • PB

    I hope she sues the s**t out of the attacker. You have every right to dislike Gigi as a public figure but stop victim-shaming her it’s quite a disgusting thing to do.

  • http://letsgreenit.blogspot.com/ Arwa M.

    DISGUSTING. Hope you get well soon.

  • jane

    you’re obviously not a lady, that’s cool.

  • http://letsgreenit.blogspot.com/ Arwa M.

    1950′s?

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