Gigi Hadid says prankster who attacked her is lucky Zayn Malik wasn’t there

Model and partner of Zayn Malik was attacked by infamous prankster Vitalii Sediuk yesterday

Model Gigi Hadid has responded on Twitter to being attacked by an infamous prankster yesterday (September 22).

Footage shot by MailOnline shows Hadid being physically lifted off the ground by a random man as she leaves a fashion show in Milan. Hadid, clearly distressed by what has happened, then manages to elbow him in the face and shake him off.

Writing on Twitter after the incident, Hadid, 21, told fans that she “thanked my boxing coach today” and advised girls to prepare themselves physically for similar attacks.

After actor Ansel Elgort asked the model, “where was Zayn at?”, referring to the whereabouts of her boyfriend Zayn Malik, Hadid replied: “that guy should prob take some time away from icing his jaw tonight to count his lucky stars that Z wasn’t there…..”

Infamous Ukraine-born prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who was arrested in 2014 after attacking Brad Pitt at a film premiere in London, has since admitted that he was the stranger who attacked Hadid, claiming it was a “protest”.

“While I consider Gigi Hadid beautiful, she and her friend Kendall Jenner have nothing to do with high fashion. By doing this, I encourage the fashion industry to put true talents on the runway and Vogue covers instead of well-connected cute girls from Instagram,” Sediuk said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“You can call it a manifest or a protest. This is also a wake-up call for Anna Wintour, who turned Vogue into a tabloid by putting Kardashians and other similar celebrities on a cover of a well-respected magazine.”