Not everyone was as thrilled over the news as Bella, however. Facing backlash not unlike Kendall Jenner received when she posed as a ballerina in a Vogue magazine spread, Bella’s new gig quickly drew the ire of Olympic ice-dancer Meryl Davis.
Sharing a photo of three different sports brands represented by Bella Hadid (Nike), Kylie Jenner (Puma) and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (Reebok), Meryl writes, “I’ll take the one promoted by the athlete please.”
Apparently, girl should have fact-checked, as Bella’s own mother, Yolanda Hadid, took to Instagram in response, reminding her (and the world), that Bella IS an athlete, or was, before she was forced to forgo her own Olympic goals in equestrianism due to personal struggles with Lyme disease.
“Always remember who you were before the world told you who you should be,” she captioned the above photo, added the very pointed hashtags “#athlete #horselover.”
If that wasn’t a clear enough message, she also shared the Times Square ad of her youngest daughter, congratulating her on her newest collaboration.
Also in Bella’s corner? Derek Jeter’s model wife Hannah Davis Jeter, who told TMZ that there are plenty of people that wear the brand that aren’t athletes, so this should be a non-issue.
While Bella herself hasn’t directly commented on the sitch, she did post this perhaps-a-bit-too-coincidental photo of herself at the gym, writing, “Everyday” and tagging Nike in the pic.
Since then, Meryl seems to have changed her tune, posting this far less aggressive statement to her page.
Hmmm. We’re not sure how her original message was the most “supportive” in this instance — quite the opposite, in fact.
We say, keep doing you, Bella ― haters gonna’ hate!
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(h/t Teen Vogue, photos via Gareth Cattermole + Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)