Tommy Hil­figer clar­i­fies Gigi Ha­did com­ments

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Tommy Hil­figer has said sug­ges­tions he thought Gigi Ha­did was not thin enough to model are “com­pletely false”.

The fash­ion de­signer had told Ya­hoo that casting di­rec­tors dressed Ha­did in a pon­cho for a fash­ion show be­cause she was not as thin as the other models.

But he has now clar­i­fied his com­ments and said the story was mis­lead­ing.

Hil­figer said: “The sug­ges­tion that I thought [Ha­did] wasn’t thin enough up­sets me to no end. Gigi is the epit­ome of per­fec­tion.”

In the Ya­hoo in­ter­view, Hil­figer re­ferred to a 2015 fash­ion show in which Ha­did wore a pon­cho which cov­ered most of her body.

Hil­figer said he wanted Ha­did to be dressed in some­thing which bet­ter showed off her fig­ure, but mem­bers of his cre­ative team dis­agreed.

“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,’” Hil­figer orig­i­nally said.

“So they put a red, white, and blue pon­cho on her. It cov­ered a lot of her body un­for­tu­nately, but it re­ceived mil­lions of hits.”

Ha­did’s ap­pear­ance in the pon­cho proved hugely pop­u­lar, and she later went on to col­lab­o­rate with Hil­figer, launch­ing her own line of cloth­ing for the brand ear­lier this year. After Hil­figer’s com­ments sparked crit­i­cism, the de­signer crit­i­cised the orig­i­nal story’s head­line as “mis­lead­ing”.

Speak­ing to Page Six, Hil­figer 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 de­signer also re­leased a state­ment to Entertainment Tonight, in which he said he was “ex­tremely proud” to have Ha­did rep­re­sent­ing his brand.

“Gigi is truly the def­i­ni­tion of a ‘Tommy Girl’ - her mag­netic per­son­al­ity is bright, con­fi­dent and al­ways op­ti­mistic,” he said.

“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.”

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