By Evonne Ermey
Gigi Hadid knows how to drop an elbow, and thank goodness for that. A man — a complete stranger off of the street — managed to hook Hadid around the waist, lifting her into the air in a bear hug while she was leaving a fashion show in Milan.
The startled model reacted quickly, and appropriately, swinging at the man and cursing at him until he dropped her and ran away.
Infuriated, you can see Hadid having to be pulled back by her own security as she challenges the fleeing man. “Who the F*** are you?!” she screams after him, before asking someone to “go find that guy.”
It turns out that “the guy” in question is Ukranian media personality, Vitali Sediuk, who is notorious for physically harassing celebrities.
He has crawled beneath the skirt of America Ferrera, stolen kisses from Will Smith and Miranda Kerr, pushed Kim Kardashian so hard he almost knocked her to the ground, and grabbed Ciara while wearing nothing but a G-string. Nice.
While some media outlets described the incident as a harmless prank, we’re sure, for Hadid, it felt quite different.
Personally, if a strange man I didn’t know grabbed me from behind like that, he’d be eating pepper spray for days. Assaulting women on the street — especially when you’re practically nude, like in Ciara’s case– is not funny or entertaining in any way.
At least the incident was caught on video so the world can see that Gigi knows how to throw down and won’t tolerate being man-handled, even for fun.