Hayley Hasselhoff had to face judgment from others and she also dealt with "fatphobic doctors."
David Hasselhoff, famous for his roles in Baywatch and Knight Rider, has had a successful and long career in Hollywood. He also started his own family and raised his beautiful daughters. Hasselhoff is a fiercely protective father to his daughters and is there to offer them love and advice. He has often talked about how proud he was of his daughter, Hayley, for her work. In a 2013 tweet, he shared a post about his daughter's shoot, writing, "My daughter Hayley for curvacious shoot! Very proud of her!"
Hasselhoff welcomed his daughters, Hayley and Taylor Ann, with his ex-wife, Pamela Bach. The couple had a happy marriage for over a decade. Yet after 16 years of marriage, Hasselhoff filed for divorce. As per PEOPLE, after a long custody battle with Bach, in 2007, Hasselhoff was awarded primary custody of his daughters, much to Bach's dismay.
The ruling came after Hasselhoff's lawyer submitted a 66-page filing that accused Bach of testing positive for cocaine use and being under the influence of substances at their eldest daughter's sixteenth birthday party, reported PEOPLE.
After that, Hasselhoff took the responsibility for his daughters and raised them to be confident and content with their lives and bodies. His youngest daughter is forging her own path as a plus-sized model. However, it is not an easy path. When she was younger, she was bullied for being bigger than other girls.
Hayley confessed that growing up in Los Angeles was difficult because as a curvy woman, she did not fit the beauty standards of people around her. She said when she was a teenager and developing, she questioned why she didn't look like other girls.
The model also said she developed earlier than her friends and recalled being teased for wearing a bra sooner than other girls. As per Yahoo, when she became comfortable in her own skin, she faced judgment from others and dealt with "fatphobic doctors." She said, "I have dealt with many people who still feel like society has a standard of beauty or that if you're curvy, you're unhealthy."
Bach and Hasselhoff, who both starred in Baywatch, never pushed her to look a certain type or fit a beauty standard. Her parents supported and loved her for who she was. In 2021, Hayley became the first ever plus-sized model to feature on the cover of the German edition of Playboy.
Sharing her pride, she said being the first curvy model on the cover of such a popular publication is a significant step forward for the plus-size modeling industry, even if she was initially apprehensive.
She added, "If you're a size two to somebody that's a size 16-18, your body doesn't have to be objectified; you can celebrate it in such an artful way. I am very proud of the photos — I think they look gorgeous."
In 2022, Hayley took to her next venture as a plus-size model, walking in a fashion show. She walked in a beachwear show for a brand called Cupshe. According to TODAY, Hayley said this show was beautiful as it reminded people "beauty comes in all shapes and sizes."
She also discussed her parents' impact on her career, “I think they were just so proud of me, just seeing that it’s really a great step forward for body positivity." She added she has been a curvy model since the age of 14, and her father has always felt proud of everything she has achieved during her time in the industry.
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