On Thursday (October 18), Gigi Hadid took to Instagram to respond to paparazzi after she found out a photo agency is “legally pursuing” her for reposting a photo of herself without proper permission. “These people make money off us everyday, LEGALLY stalking us day in and day out- for nothing special- for us to walk six feet to a car and six feet into a work building. They drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly; they put the general public in danger in pursuit of a photo (I and many people I know have gotten in car accidents in cabs/car-services because of paparazzi) and it seems that they can never get enough,” she wrote, adding that she typically tries to cooperate as much as possible with photographers.
“All this to say that it is not spoken about enough the mental/emotional toll that this kind of pressure has on people,” Hadid continued. “For someone to take a situation where I was trying to be open, and sue me for a photo I FOUND ON TWITTER (with no photographers name on the image), for a photo he has already been paid for by whatever outlet put it online (!!!), is absurd.”
The 23-year-old went on to express her sympathy for the fan accounts that have been similarly sued and, in many cases, forced to shut down their accounts. “Please know that if I could help more I would, and I think about you all the time,” she wrote. “To the paparazzi, I understand that this is how you make your living, and I respect that this is something I must accept with my job. But there is a line. We are human beings.”
Hadid’s post earned likes from fellow regularly photographed celebs like Kim Kardashian West, Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, Blake Lively, Gisele Bündchen, and more. “We’re ‘public figures’ and it’s legal for them to invade our privacy. it’s pretty disappointing. we gotta change this,” Kylie Jenner commented, while Emily Ratajkowski added, “Yesss thank you.”