Don’t mess with Gigi Hadid.
A man who grabbed the model as she left a Milan Fashion Week show has learned that lesson the hard way. Hadid had women around the world cheering when she gave him a swift and hard elbow to the face.
In the video above, Hadid, her sister Bella, and their security can be seen exiting the Max Mara fashion show on Thursday, and walking into a mob of fans and photographers. The two models had stopped to pose for pictures with fans when a man wearing a wide-brimmed hat grabs Hadid from behind and lifts her up into the air.
“What the fuck?” Hadid screams as she struggles, clearly shocked and with no clue who has grabbed her or why. That’s when she lands the award winning elbow to his face. Bella meanwhile tries to break the man’s grip screaming, “Let go of her!”
Hadid is finally able to get out from his grip and the man runs away.
“Who the fuck are you, you piece of shit,” she shouts after the man as she makes to run after her assaulter, but her security holds her back.
To answer Gigi’s questions, that guy is personification of the herpes virus, Vitalii Sediuk.
Sediuk, who describes himself as a “prankster” is the arse who who has been physically assaulting celebrities on red carpets and at award shows for years.
You might remember him as the guy who physically attacked Brad Pitt at the premiere of Maleficent, or the guy committed a sex crime when he put his head under America Ferrera’s dress at the Cannes Film Festival. He also tried to kiss Will Smith and got slapped a few years ago.
Physically assaulting Gigi Hadid is just the latest in a long line of “cool pranks” by the former Ukrainian television reporter.
In an statement to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the incident, Sediuk actually had the gall to defend his attack on Hadid.
“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram,” Sediuk said.
“You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wake-up call for Anna Wintour, who turned Vogue into a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well-respected magazine,” he added.