Gigi Hadid and Blake Lively aren't in the same industry, but they are each no stranger to fame. As a top model and an A-list actress, they are frequently the subject of spotlight and scrutiny, and that isn't always easy to handle.
Lively sat down with Hadid for a candid conversation about body image and shaming for the May issue of Harper's Bazaar, and they kept things honest.
“Most of it is just nonsense. But it can still hurt,” Hadid said of body shamers. "Nowadays, people are quick to say, ‘I used to love Gigi’s body, and now she just gave in.'”
"If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago," she admitted. "But, honestly, we can't look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now."
Lively had similar things to say, explaining that the way people view celebrities doesn't normally take behind-the-scenes work—like intense training and even Photoshop—into account.
“It’s so important for young people not to compare themselves with what they see online. It’s our job as actors and/or models to be in shape. We have access to gyms and trainers and healthy food. And then on top of that, 99.9 percent of the time the images are Photoshopped. I’m guilty myself of being at a photo shoot and saying, 'That looks terrible on me.' And they’re like, 'We’ll fix it.' And you’re so relieved.”
But while she admits to being relieved by Photoshop, she wants retouched images to come with a warning. "My dream is for all images to have a little asterisk next to them with a caption that reads, this photo has been retouched. Just so there’s a gentle reminder that, hey, this isn’t real life. Think of editorials or ads as a painting, an art form. I mean, that’s definitely not how we wake up looking every single day of our lives," Lively added.