Gigi Hadid Reveals Battle With Thyroid Disease and How It Affected Her Victoria’s Secret Training

by Rachel McRady 2:18 AM PST, December 09, 2016
Playing Gigi Hadid Reveals Battle With Thyroid Disease and How It Affected Her Victoria’s Secret Training

Gigi Hadid has to work hard to maintain her supermodel figure. The 21-year-old recently opened up to Elle magazine at the Reebok #NeverPerfect panel about a thyroid condition she’s silently struggled with for years.

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"My metabolism actually changed like crazy this year. I have Hashimoto's disease,” she told the mag. “It's a thyroid disease, and it's now been two years since taking the medication for it, so for the VS show I didn't want to lose any more weight, I just want to have muscles in the right place, and if my butt can get a little perkier, then that's good."

To stay in shape, Hadid regularly boxes, saying, "What's great about boxing is that I couldn't come to New York and sign up for Equinox, and go running. It was not good. So, I knew I needed to find something that gave me a coach, gave me a family— so that when I walk in, it's like my big brothers. They're like 'what up!' They don't care about who I am. That's what I needed, and they don't care about what my body looks like. They care that I give a good punch, and that's how I want to be judged. That's what makes me proud of myself."

In addition to her intense workout regimen, the model model also consumes a healthy diet. She dished on her favorite foods, saying, “I do like eggs, but all different ways. I loved baked eggs. I like tomato and bacon. There's a Middle Eastern spice called, zaatar, so I'll do eggs and zaatar. I love eggs! In general I like fresh ingredients. I'm not a salad and meat type of person; to me, that's boring."

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Hadid also revealed that she’s taking a break from social media, calling the move “empowering.”

It’s been a big year for Hadid. To see her strut her stuff at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, watch the clip below!