Gigi Hadid on Carbs, Working Out and Wearing Leggings as Pants
She's been the beautiful face of mega brands like Maybelline, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, and Seafolly, but Gigi Hadid's new Reebok #PerfectNever campaign marks the first time the model has ever fronted a fitness brand. Hard to believe, eh? (With that body, it was only a matter of time.) Known for her boxing prowess (and also her love of hamburgers) we can't think of a better spokesperson for repping the merits of fitness along with a healthy dose of balance and body love. According to Elle.com, Hadid is using her new platform to speak to women about being open when it comes to the pressures of perfection we put ourselves under. (Remember that time she completely shut down online body-shamers? Respect.) Ahead, a few choice quotes from our forever-fitspo on carbs ("I love pasta with meat sauce"), working out, and why she'll never stop wearing leggings as pants.
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"When I'm home in New York, I box every day that I have off at Gotham. When I'm on the road, a lot of the times—even though people don't really think it—we walk on heels and the runways are really long! My legs get a pretty good workout just from being on the runway. It sounds kind of funny, but it's true. Besides that, I stretch in the morning a lot and I do a lot of saunas and steam rooms during fashion week just to keep my blood flowing. Besides that, yoga is fun. My knees aren't that great, so recently I haven't been on the treadmill that much but that's why I like to box on a soft floor. It's good for me."
"I mostly just listen to my body. I can't say that I follow a diet plan cause that would be a lie. I love eggs in the morning. I eat a lot of eggs. I love juice. I love sandwiches with protein and veggies. I love pasta with meat sauce. Anything that's a well-rounded meal, I'm really happy with. As long as there is good protein and veggies then I'm all good with some carbs."
"I grew up as a horseback rider and a volleyball player so honestly when I got a gym membership in New York, I thought I was going to die. Going and running, just to run on the treadmill, wasn't my thing. But I had to start boxing because I missed working on something and learning and I guess there's a little more aggression in boxing. I couldn't really get that side of me out, but I used to be able to by hitting a volleyball. That's why I started boxing."
"My style sense started in high school when I was a volleyball player. That was just what I wore: leggings every single day with my sports bra so I didn't have to change into it in the girls' gym locker room. When I moved to New York, leggings were always a staple piece in my closet and I'm always with leggings, a T-shirt, a cool jacket and shoes, cause that's what would be easier for me when I was a kid. I always feel better and more beautiful in things that I'm comfortable in, so I was fine with putting a little makeup on and keeping my leggings on and going to a party. That's why when I moved to New York, obviously I work with a lot of high fashion brands and I get to wear insane, totally crazy bags and all this crazy stuff but still, I'll always go back to my original sense of style."
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