Gigi Hadid is not happy with how photographers treat female celebrities on the red carpet.
In an interview with Glamour, the model said she finds it offensive that men are called by their name and women are addressed to as “honey” or “sweetheart” on red carpets.
“I kind of like to to do my own thing on the red carpet. There’s so many voices that you really can’t listen to all of them, so you just have to [pose] in a more methodical way,” she said. “I think when I hear other people get called things like [honey or sweetheart]. I just want to say, ‘He or she has a name!’ But you know, that’s just one of the things that happens.”
While bearing cool girl status, Hadid is known for not putting up with things she finds wrong. In September, a video of her elbowing a man in Milan surfaced online via TMZ. It was later revealed that the man is prankster Vitalii Sediuk. He came up behind Hadid and tried to pick her up. In defense, Hadid elbowed him in the face. The model also went after Sediuk after he ran off, telling him he was a “piece of s***.”
Hadid shared her side of the incident in a tweet, saying: “[I] had every right to defend myself. How dare that idiot think he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho.”
Hadid also said in a piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter that her reaction was instinctive because she felt that she was in danger at that time.
“I know people are put in much worse situations every day and don’t have the cameras around that provoke social media support,” Hadid added. “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.”