Gigi Hadid urges young models to call out bad behavior at shoots
(WENN) - Supermodel Gigi Hadid kicked off Jeremy Scott's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday by urging her young peers not to stand for harassment and abuse at photoshoots.
Taking a moment to salute stars like Kate Upton for coming forward with claims of misconduct against fashion bosses and photographers, Gigi told young models to speak out about predators who go too far.
Before taking the runway at Spring Studios, she addressed the issue and said, "I'm so happy that people are finding their power and the strength to be able to come out and be brave. It's definitely putting priorities in the right place."
Gigi then offered up a little sage advice from her mum, veteran model Yolanda Hadid, adding, "No job is ever worth being uncomfortable. That's something that my mom taught me... She never sugarcoated that stuff for us. She just said, 'If you're ever uncomfortable, you know, no job is worth staying (around for)'."
Gigi added, "I just want girls, girls coming into the industry, to know that they have that power."
Hadid then opened Scott's show in a metallic space-age outfit and pink wig as rapper Cardi B and actress Serayah watched from the front row.
Upton is currently embroiled in a war of words with Guess founder Paul Marciano after accusing him of groping her and calling her a "fat pig". He has denied her claims.