Gigi Hadid is comfortable in front of the camera, whether it's a world-renowned photographer or the zoom lenses of the paparazzi, but she's in some hot water for a photo she posted on Instagram. People reports that the model du jour is facing legal ramifications for posting a photo to her feed that came from a paparazzo. In a lengthy text post, she explains that she's being sued because she didn't give the lensman proper credit.
"Yesterday I heard from my management that I am being 'legally pursued' for my last (now deleted) Instagram post. The photo is by a Paparazzi & is of me on the street outside an event last week. I posed/smiled for the photo because I understand that this is part of my job, this was an appropriate situation for ‘the press’ to attend, and also that this is how paparazzi make a living," Hadid wrote.
She mentions that she feels for the photographers, since they're making a living by snapping photos, but she notes that she and her friends have gotten into car collisions because of them. She adds that she's having to deal with the emotional toll of being followed 24/7, which keeps her from living a normal life.
"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," Hadid added. "We are human beings, and sometimes it takes a lot of courage to engage with you because of the resentment I feel for the negative parts of these experiences."
Fellow celebs Coco Rocha, Kendall Jenner, Gigi's own sister, Bella, and even Khloé Kardashian offered words of support. Kardashian mentioned that she's faced the same legal action, so there's a strong sisterhood building.
"I was sued for HUNDREDS of thousands for posting a picture of myself," she wrote in the comments under Gigi's post. "I don’t understand how it’s right that they literally stalk us and taunt us AND they are allowed to sue us for posting OUR OWN PHOTO."