The Hadid sisters' "hot new accessory" is not sitting well online. 

By Isabel Jones
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 @ 5:23 pm
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There’s a wild new trend among today’s street style stars, and once, long ago (before the dawn of the smart phone) you may have even heard of it: reading books. Like, paper ones. 

Gigi and Bella Hadid were each spotted on the street recently, book in-hand (Albert Camus's The Stranger and Stephen King's The Outsider, respectively) — and the press surrounding the "trend" has been disappointing, to say the least.

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The New York Post’s headline, “Bella and Gigi Hadid make books the hot new accessory of 2019,” appears to be tongue-in-cheek when contextualized, but at first glance, it’s a very, very condescending look. With something as simple as a headline, the Post is pigeonholing women in a way that’s almost as out-of-date as reading a physical book (just kidding) — working in an appearance-driven industry does not mean you can’t also be interested in intellectual pursuits, and the fact that we have to spell that out in 2019 is truly upsetting.

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The slight did not go unnoticed, and people were quick to call NYP out on its patronizing headline:

And others were just here for the comic relief:

For the record: reading is always in style.

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