When Gigi Hadid was attacked by a man who grabbed her after a Max Mara fashion show in Milan, the supermodel fought off her aggressor with an elbow to the face. Following the incident, Hadid wants women and girls everywhere to know that they have every right to fight back.
According to The Cut, Hadid recently spoke with Lena Dunham for her Lenny Letter, sharing that her quick reaction to the attack came as a result of previous boxing training. Although she told Lenny Letter that she hasn’t boxed in two years, all of her training came back to her in that moment.
“Since then, I hadn’t been in a situation that forced me to fight back,” she said, according to The Cut, “but it just came out when he grabbed me — it wasn’t a choice. I do have that fighter in me.”
But in addition to discussing the source of her quick action, The Cut says Hadid told Lenny Letter that she “hopes girls see the video of the attack, and realize how important it is to practice and learn self-defense.”
“I just want to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself,” she said.