Gigi Hadid responds to Tommy Hilfiger claims she was sent down catwalk in a poncho to cover her figure

Directors thought she wasn't as thin as other models

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The Independent Online

Gigi Hadid has responded to Tommy Hilfiger’s revelation that she was sent down a catwalk in a poncho because she wasn’t considered to be as thin as the other models in the same fashion show. 

The fashion designer told Yahoo Style his casting directors had insisted the supermodel be covered up during his New York fashion week show, a decision he disagreed with. He explained: ”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.“

Hadid was unfazed by his remarks, telling Access Hollywood: “People think it’s something I wasn’t aware of. […] I know that when Tommy said it last week it was in the context of a larger story.  

“The point of the story was that Tommy was rooting for me and that above all, regardless of what the stylist of that season said or what he put me in, Tommy wanted me in the show and Tommy was pushing for me and Tommy loved my curves. 

“The next season, I wore a bikini on the same runway with the same stylist of the show that previously put me in a poncho.”

Hilfiger told The Independent at the time: “Gigi is truly the definition of a ‘Tommy Girl’ – her magnetic personality is bright, confident and always optimistic. I've known her for many years, and am extremely proud to have her as the ambassador of my brand and as a collaborator of our collections. Any statement to the contrary is completely false. The headline from the interview with Yahoo was misleading and has since been corrected.”