Gigi Hadid has credited her boxing skills and training in thwarting the man who grabbed her outside a venue in Milan, Italy, during Fashion Week.
When Hadid was lifted off the ground on Thursday by the assailant, she knew just what to do and drilled him with an elbow to the face.
Following the incident, the model tweeted:
Thanked my boxing coach today.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot thinks he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger. He ran quick tho 👊🏼😏🐱— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
GIRLS, prepare yourselves so that, if you ever feel in danger, MUSCLE MEMORY can fight back for you. Thank you all so much for ur support.❤️— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 22, 2016
Hadid has been taking boxing lessons for two years both to stay in shape and also to learn self-defense.
Inside Edition got some tips at "Work Train Fight" in New York City.
Trainer Nicole Campbell said: "Her boxing has enabled her in order to react quickly in that split second.”
She added that if someone was able to “come up behind you, right from here and throw out that elbow, react immediately and you are free.”