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Gigi Hadid fights off a complete stranger manhandling her at Milan Fashion Week

Updated: Sep 24, 2016 12:55 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Sept. 24 (ANI): While exiting the Max Mara show at Milan Fashion Week, American fashion model, Gigi Hadid was lifted into the air by a bearded man in a wide-brimmed hat and reflective sunglasses.

After a few seconds of hovering in his embrace, during which her sister, Bella Hadid, tried to free her, the 21-year-old model delivered a sharp elbow jab to the man's face, reports The New York Times.

The man, who later identified himself to The Hollywood Reporter as Vitalii Sediuk wrapped his arms around her waist from behind and lifted her.

On the brave or instinctive side, the model tried to pursue the man down the Corso Venezia street only to be held back by a member of her team.

Sediuk later took to Instagram and gave reasons for his action.

"While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner, have nothing to do with high fashion," he wrote.

"You can call it a manifest or a protest," he added.

Addressing the issue, the new editor-in-chief of InStyle, Laura Brown said that there is increasingly "less and less regard for personal space" in the fashion world.

Expressing concern over the sense of ownership the crowd has over models simply because they are in the public eye, the editor defended Hadid saying, "She's a living, breathing human being."

Later, the 'Virgin Eyes' actress posted her own text thanking fans for their support and saying that she "had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself."

"How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger," she added. (ANI)