Gigi Hadid has 38 million Instagram followers, and isn't afraid to talk about the negative impact social media can have on her self esteem. Today, the model stepped out at Milan Fashion Week with a phone case that read, "Social media seriously harms your mental health." She paired the accessory with Fendi logo socks, a colorful turtleneck, and two coats: one blazer, and a corduroy overcoat.
It's not clear if the case by Urban Sophistication was meant to be a message to herself every time she goes to check her Instagram app, or if Hadid was sending a message to the paparazzi and all of her followers, but it's a reminder that most could benefit from seeing.
This isn't the first time that Hadid has publicly discussed the challenges of social media, and the ways in which she limits her own usage. In December 2016, Hadid said that she often takes periodic breaks from social networking by deleting the apps from her phone. And during a panel she hosted as part of Reebok's #PerfectNever campaign, she said, "I'm taking a month off, actually, during New Years. I'm not deleting my account, I'm just taking the apps off my phone. It's empowering, not just for people in the spotlight, for everyone. At the end of the day I'm choosing what I'm showing you. A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples' lives."
In December 2017, she even took an entire week off from her phone. “Not just social media—literally the whole week with my phone off, and it was amazing,” she said. “You realize that there’s all this drama and s--t going on, and then when you get back to it, you’re like, that just passed while I was, I don’t know, hiking, whatever.”
Hadid has also used social media as a place to shut down hurtful gossip. Earlier this month, the model clapped back at haters on social media who felt the need to discuss her body shortly after she walked in the Jeremy Scott and Bottega Veneta shows during New York Fashion Week. She explained that she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and has been working to find the right medication and maintain good health while dealing with symptoms. She then finished off her epic rant with this important message: "Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t."
Put that on a t-shirt.