Celebrities speak up for Gigi Hadid after the model reveals she was sued by paparazzi for posting a picture of herself without authorization.
The model took to Instagram a few hours ago to write, “Yesterday I heard from my management that I am being “legally pursued” for my last (now deleted) Instagram post. The photo is by a Paparazzi & is of me on the street outside an event last week. I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job, this was an appropriate situation for “the press” to attend, and also that this is how paparazzi make a living.”
She went on to lay into the paparazzi’s job, saying, “Most circumstances are not this way, i.e. leaving my apartment, or anytime I feel that my privacy is being unreasonably intruded upon, doing everyday things feel harder to face. I understand if they know someone is going to an event, or even stopping by sometimes to see if someone will leave their house that day; but, these people make money off us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out – for nothing special – for us to walk six feet to a car and six feet into a work building.”
She also exposed them for some of their more dangerous behaviors, saying, “They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car-services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough.”
The model went on to talk about how this behavior has affected her mentally and her thoughts on the legal claim, writing, “All this to say that it is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people, days I (& countless others) have stayed inside because I just don’t want my photo taken or to have that attention/suffocation while just trying to live as normally as possible, and for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographer’s name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for by whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”
Explaining herself, she wrote, “I had no way of knowing which of the 15+ photographers outside that day took these exact photos; if the person had just commented on my photo I would have been happy to tag and give credit.”
She also spoke against the paparazzi’s actions on fan accounts,: These are the same people doing this to many people you love & follow, many people I know, and the saddest part, doing to incredibly dedicated and loving fan accounts around the world.”
She added, “I don’t know if there’s much this post can do about changing this legally, because I know, especially with the safety part of this, that many people before have tried to heighten the enforcement of laws regarding this, but, to all the fans who are getting their accounts taken down or being sued themselves, please know that if I could help more I would, and I think about you all the time.”
As a final note to the paparazzi, she wrote, “To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this something I must accept with my job, But there is a line. We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences. Most importantly, demanding money from young fans (who post pictures you stalk us to get!! & photos that have already been paid for and distributed by press-outlets) and having their fan-accounts shut down, (when you don’t know that the fan base community means to them), is just wrong.”
Since her expose, many other celebrities took to voicing their support and speaking up against the paparazzi.
Hadid’s friend Kendall Jenner has also spoken up against news outlet’s not giving celebrities the right to privacy.
Read Hadid’s full statement below.