We were as bemused as we were angry this week when Tommy Hilfiger revealed how his casting director lumped Gigi Hadid in an unflattering poncho, because he didn’t think she was ‘thin’ enough to show off her body.
Well, following mass outcry over the sheer ridiculousness of the claim, the designer has moved to clarify his stance on the topic.
In a follow-up interview with Page Six, Mr H said: “The casting people put Gigi in the poncho, and I was not happy. I was saying, ‘Don’t hide her body’. Even though the poncho ended up being the best-selling piece, I was very unhappy.”
“The suggestion that I thought she wasn’t thin enough upsets me to no end. Gigi is the epitome of perfection,” he added, insisting that he is ‘proud’ to have her as the face of the Hilfiger brand.
Hilfiger’s comments come just days after he revealed that producers of his Fall 2015 NYFW show thought Gigi wasn’t ‘quite as tall’ or ‘quite as thin’ as the other models.
Naturally, the admission resulted in major backlash against the brand and the rumoured casting director.
Hilfiger, however, has been quick to heap praise on the blonde beauty in the aftermath.
“She would not be the Tommy girl if I didn’t think she was perfection, the It Girl of today – not just because of her face, not just because of her body, but because of who she is,” he said.