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Yolanda Foster defends daughter Bella Hadid's Nike ads

UPI News Service, 11/19/2016 

Yolanda Foster defended her daughter Bella Hadid this week after the 20-year-old was announced as Nike's newest spokesmodel.

The 52-year-old "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" alum responded in an interview with TMZ to Olympic figure skater and former "Dancing with the Stars" champion Meryl Davis criticizing Bella's campaign for the athletic wear company.

"You obviously don't have to be an athlete to wear or enjoy Nike wear," she said after stressing that Bella was an accomplished equestrienne before she was forced to quit competitive riding due to chronic Lyme disease.

Davis had posted a side-by-side photo of Bella in Nike, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kylie Jenner in Puma and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman in Reebok, writing, "I'll take the one promoted by the athlete please."

In addition, many social media users suggested on Instagram that Bella is too thin to represent Nike.

"Nike? She's not an athlete but more importantly it's giving young girls unrealistic expectations yet again," one person wrote.

"Yeh this is why young girls get eating disorders, when being abnormally thin is glorified. Well done @nike," another added.

Foster herself was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2012, and revealed in October 2015 that Bella and her son Anwar Hadid also have the condition.

Bella, who shared a photo of her treatment in August, previously confirmed her illness ended her competitive riding career.

"It affected my memory so I suddenly wouldn't remember how to drive to Santa Monica from Malibu where I lived," the model told ES magazine. "I couldn't ride. I was just too sick. And I had to sell my horse because I couldn't take care of it."

"If I'd had the chance to succeed in riding, I might not have modeled," she admitted. "I didn't know that I was going to get sick."

Bella, the younger sister of model Gigi Hadid, is known for her modeling work with Balmain and Chanel.

She will walk in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show for the first time in December.

Bella Hadid/Instagram

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