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Gigi Hadid‘s critics might want to think twice before going after another person’s weight—model or not.

On Monday, after a walking at New York Fashion Week the previous Thursday and Friday, the model addressed speculation that she’s “too thin” and possibly using drugs to achieve her small figure on Twitter, opening up about the diagnosis that’s been the cause.

Hadid, 22, shared that when she began modeling at 17, she had yet to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition that makes the immune system attack the thyroid gland. According to the Mayo Clinic, the disease causes symptoms such as fatigue, unexplained weight gain, joint pain, and muscle weakness. As a result, she faced inflammation and weight gain, causing these same critics to say she was “too big for the industry“when she wasn’t allowed to wear a skin-revealing piece for Tommy Hilfiger’s fall 2015 show.

But after her diagnosis, Hadid wrote, she started medication and even took part in a medical trial to help balance her thyroid levels. She feels much healthier, she wrote, but as a result, she’s skinnier—even thinner than she wants to be.

And that is that Hadid wrote. She won’t further explain why her body looks the way it does, nor does she feel anyone else should have to explain, either. Hadid also denied rumors that she uses drugs, asking people to “stop putting me in that box just because you don’t understand the way my body has matured.”

“Gigi took it on herself to fire back on social. She didn’t consult with anyone before she did that. Certain things she likes to handle on her own. Gigi keeps it real,” a source told E! about Hadid’s Twitter thread, saying she was “really hurt” by the comments on her appearance.

Across Twitter, other users with Hashimoto’s disease shared stories of their diagnosis, writing that they appreciated Hadid’s story for shedding light on the condition.

Hadid’s friends, too, responded positively to her posts, supporting her in their replies.

Ultimately, Hadid said she wants people across social media to have more empathy for others—especially when platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram only allow for people to see so little insight into the actual lives of the people they’re watching.

“Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t,” Hadid wrote.

Read Hadid’s full Twitter thread about her disease below:

H/T Glamour

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso

Samantha Grasso is an IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.