New mom Gigi Hadid says she doesn't feel the need to be a size 0 on the cover of Vogue

New mom Gigi Hadid says she doesn't feel the need to be a size 0 on the cover of Vogue
Gigi Hadid gave birth to her first child in September 2020.Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
  • Gigi Hadid says she doesn't feel the immediate need to be a size 0 after giving birth in September.
  • The model told Vogue on Thursday that she's "not as small" as she was but is a "realistic thinker."
  • She added that anyone who says she has to be a size 0 for her career "can suck it."

Supermodel Gigi Hadid said she doesn't feel pressure to lose weight quickly after giving birth to her and Zayn Malik's daughter Khai.

The 25-year-old spoke about the changes her body has undergone in the four months since delivering her baby in a Vogue profile published Thursday.

"I know that I'm not as small as I was before, but I also am a very realistic thinker," she said, adding, "I straight up was like, 'Yeah, I'll shoot a Vogue cover, but I'm obviously not going to be a size 0, nor do I, at this point, feel like I need to be back to that.'"

Hadid continued, "I also think it's a blessing of this time in fashion that anyone who says that I have to be that can suck it."

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Months before Hadid gave birth to Khai, the model told fans that her cheeks became rounder during her pregnancy.


"People think I do fillers on my face, and that's why my face is round. I've had this since I was born," she said during an Instagram Live with Maybelline in May.

She continued, "Especially fashion month, when I was already, like, a few months preggo."

The model, who was pregnant with Khai at the time, added she wasn't overly concerned with how her body would change in the future because she's "happy with the natural process of the world."

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During a 2018 Harper's Bazaar interview with her friend Blake Lively, Hadid talked about being body-shamed on social media.

"Most of it is just nonsense. But it can still hurt," she said.


Hadid said that people thought she "gave in" to the modeling industry by slimming down. However, she said it naturally happened because she wasn't playing volleyball or horseback riding nearly as much.

She also explained that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, which meant she "needed to eat healthy and work out."

"If I could choose, I would have my a-- back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But, honestly, we can't look back with regret," she said.

Hadid added, "I loved my body then, and I love my body now."