A model recreated Gigi Hadid’s naked ad to prove a point about loving your body

When Diana Sirokai, a model and body-positive activist, saw a Stuart Weitzman adthat Gigi Hadid posed almost entirely naked for, she wondered how it would look if she posed the same way as Hadid.

“I saw how Gigi looks so amazing on this (as always), [and] I was wondering how other body types would look on such an amazing ad like this. I wanted to recreate it to inspire others that we are all beautiful and worth being on an ad,” Sirokai told INSIDER.

So Sirokai stripped down to her booties and posed, superimposing her picture and the original ad together.

I was just wondering how a Model My Size would look on this � @photo_karizza

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“I was just wondering how a Model My Size would look on this,” she wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.

The 21-year-old explained that her recreation wasn’t meant to dig at Hadid, but to celebrate body diversity.

“By recreating this ad I was hoping to inspire all types of women. I was also hoping to open brands’ view on using different type[s] of models for the ad. I think we can all rock the world,” she told INSIDER.

But this wasn’t the first time Sirokai challenged beauty standards. In September, she recreated a shot of Kim Kardashian West posing in a white bathing suit.

WE ARE BOTH WOMEN with DIFFERENT BODIES ❤️ #Slay

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“Kim and Gigi [are people] I look up to and take inspiration from, but I don’t feel insecure while I admire their beauty and success. In fact, I believe that I can do it too,” she told INSIDER.

Sirokai said she will continue to recreate famous images as long as it makes a positive difference.

“As long as I can speak up for women I am happy to recreate these shoots. Hopefully one day they will start recreating my own and they will [be] inspired by my work,” she said.

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These days, Sirokai is confident and outspoken, but she told INSIDER that her path to body-confidence was winding.

“I was always bullied for my body and my modeling. That inspired me to show them I can be a model, too,” she said. “As I learned to overcome bullies and I gained my confidence back, I decided to teach women confidence. Not just body image but how [to] mentally deal with issues that we go through.”

So far, her career has been off to a successful start. Sirokai has already modeled for major, internationally known retailers like ASOS, but she has her sights set on the future.

 

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“As a model, I’d like to be someone that can be involved in high fashion. I love fashion and I love the camera. Brands such as Victoria’s Secret hopefully one day will start using [a] different type of women as well as magazines. I think it’s time we make a change and support each other,” she said.

Sirokai thinks that the fashion industry is on it’s way to changing in a major way.

“At the end of the day, we are all here to unite and learn from each other,” Sirokai explained. “We need support from different areas and the media is a huge impact in today’s society so I know and I believe that we can all make a change together.”

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