Watch Gabriella Halikas Clap Back at Bodyshaming Trolls in Epic Fashion

The model and former Swim Search finalist hyped herself up on Instagram, and fans soon joined in.
Gabriella Halikas

Gabriella Halikas.

Model Gabriella Halikas is the self-proclaimed “CEO of confidence,” and the 2021 Swim Search finalist proved exactly why with a recent Instagram post.

“Baby you can call me fat, but you can’t call me ugly,” Halikas said in a Dec. 11 reel. “No ’cause I said what I said. This face card, she doesn’t decline, you hear me?”

In response to online trolls who have left nasty messages on her content in the past, the 26-year-old, who is represented by Ford Models, pulled up images from a new glamorous photoshoot behind her.

“She looks good to me,” Halikas declared as she reviewed the pics. “Ugly where? Ugly who? Obese who? I’m applying pressure, we don’t stop here, we keep applying.”

“CEO of Confidence with a message to her haters☺️🫶🏻 !!! next caller plz!!!” Halikas reiterated in her caption. “ps thanks for all the love on these pics🥰 ilysm.”

Tons of the model and content creator’s 235,000 followers piped in to the comments with praise.

“I’m literally learning and taking notes from YOU on confidence,” one person noted. “Most gorgeous person ever! Thank you for sharing and teaching other women to love WHO they are and know they are beautiful.”

“So divinely timed! I, a size 16 baddie, called myself hot in a post that got some reach recently and the men did what the men do,” another fan shared. “Trying to humble women who know their worth is such wounded behavior.”

“Just inject this confident Queen talking about her absolutely STUNNING photos into my veins!!!!!" someone else declared.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.