Written by Zoë Holloway, September 28, 2016

Gigi Hadid put her boxing skills to good use last week when she was ambushed by serial pest, Vitalii Sediuk, in Milan.

The self-dubbed ‘entertainment reporter and prankster’ left Gigi furious when he accosted her from behind and lifted her into the air. Now, the 21-year-old model has spoken out about the incident.

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In a piece for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter titled ‘Gigi Hadid Will Not Accept Street Harassment, and Neither Should You’, Gigi highlights how she ‘honestly felt [she] was in danger’.

‘I remember taking the time, as it all felt slo-mo, to look at him, a stranger, and my first reaction was, “Get me out of this situation”.’

‘I played volleyball, and my coaches talked about muscle memory. I started boxing two years ago and I always remembered that. Since then, I hadn’t been in a situation that forced me to fight back, but it just came out when he grabbed me – it wasn’t a choice. I do have a fighter in me.’

Gigi also goes on to detail that her mother, Yolanda Hadid, messaged her a photo of her elbowing Vitalii in the face with a message that said ‘Good girl’, as Yolanda had ‘always taught [her] the power of instincts since she was a kid’.

As scary as the situation was, Gigi is thankful for the outpouring of support she has received and strongly believes that, ‘it’s everyone’s right [to defend themselves], and it can be empowering’.

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