International celebrities are constantly tailed and plagued by the paparazzi. These pap photos clue us in on the latest happenings when it comes to the stars, including our favorite supermodels Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and more. Today, in the age of social media, these photos usually circulate from press outlets to fan accounts. And through this avenue, it's no surprise how these wildly shared photographs eventually reach their subjects. This is usually the case for Gigi, as the model often posts paparazzi-captured photos on her Instagram account.
But in a surprising turn of events, Gigi was recently advised by her management that she was being "legally pursued" after she posted a photo of herself, taken by a paparazzo. The model took down the said photo from her account and later posted her statement on the incident.
According to the model, the now-deleted Instagram post was of her on the street after an event. "I posed and smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job," Gigi wrote, noting that she understands that being photographed at events, like in this case, was appropriate. Gigi compared this to other scenarios—like leaving her apartment—wherein she felt it was an intrusion of her privacy. She said that "these [paparrazzi] people make money off [them] everyday." She also pointed out that they were "legally stalking" them as it is their job to take their photos.
Gigi also listed the things she had to go through because of the paparazzi, including getting into car accidents because "they drive dangerously close and extremely recklessly," suffering the "mental and emotional toll" this puts her through, and staying indoors when she doesn't want her photo taken.
Additionally, the model also clarified that she could have easily tagged and given credit to the photographer, had she known who it was among the other "15+ photographers outside that took these exact photos."
She ended her post by pointing out that while she understands the nature of her job and the paparazzi's, "there is a line." Gigi concluded, "Most importantly, demanding money from young fans (who post pictures you stalk us to get and photos that you have already been paid for and distributed by press outlets) is just wrong."
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