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The modeling world is a pretty brutal place, especially if you don’t match up to their weight standards, but Gigi Hadid doesn’t care what anyone else thinks about who she is.

The IMG model recently spoke with E! News in a sit-down interview, during which she talked about her mother, Yolanda Foster, who currently is suffering from lyme disease, as well as her refusal to lose a certain amount of weight for the modeling world.

On her mother’s condition:

“You know it’s hard, especially with something like Lyme Disease, not a lot of people know about it, especially doctors so they don’t really know how to help, medical wise,” Hadid tells E! News. “So it’s really hard for me and my siblings to know how we could help, but I guess just being supportive is the best way we can do it.”

“You can tell how much it means to her when, during a lunch break on a shoot, I’ll FaceTime her and talk to her about how my day’s going. I think just the little things like that is what’s helping her get through it.”

On her body image:

“I’ve kinda had an easy time with the whole body image thing, just because from the second I walked into IMG, I was like, ‘This is what I wanna do with my career, but the one thing is that I’m not gonna lose a certain amount of weight. I’m not gonna be extremely skinny.’ I just don’t want to do that,”

“I’ve always been an athlete. I’ve always had a certain body type that I’ve always been happy with and I didn’t wanna let that go for a career.”

On having models as friends:

“I was always kinda told that when I was becoming a model, don’t live with a model because you get competitive…but I don’t really find that I get competitive with my friends, especially with someone like Kendall…we look nothing alike. So someone that’s gonna want a Kendall is not gonna want a Gigi,”

We’re glad to see a model who isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes is right. Watch her refreshing interview here.