In a recent interview with i-D, Gigi explained the beginning of her journey and why she never thought she could be successful. The model is set to get featured in i-D’s The Icons and Idols Issue.
In the interview, Gigi opened up about a discouraging moment that took place at the beginning of her career.
While answering about walking in Jean Paul Gaultier's last-ever couture show this past January, the model revealed something interesting. She said he was the first designer who cast her to walk in Paris. This was when she was just out of high school.
She said. "At the time I was still starting out in my career, I was coming out of high school, I still had my volleyball body.”
“It was a body that I loved. I knew how hard I worked to have those muscles, to be curved in those places, I kind of miss it now. At the time, people were hard on me and tried to say that I didn’t have a runway body."
She added. "There were still stylists or designers at that time who were putting me in their shows, but putting me something that really covered my body.” Herein came Jean Paul Gaultier. "For him to make me feel like he wanted me to shine in that way, it really meant a lot to me as a young model. And I know that he has done that for a lot of people."
The fashion industry is often criticized for its unrealistic portrayal of women's bodies causing them to feel unworthy.
Despite Gigi’s struggles, she still had a body type that cuts the mark in the industry. Plus-size models are not given a chance to walk the runway even today.