Supermodel Winnie Harlow has defended herself for calling an economy flight ‘tiresome’ on Instagram after she had to give up her business class seat

Winnie Harlow.

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Winnie Harlow.
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  • Winnie Harlow has defended herself after she called flying economy “tiresome” in an Instagram post.
  • The supermodel says she was forced to fly economy after her business class flight out of Milan was cancelled.
  • Harlow posted on Instagram about the experience, but the way she expressed herself drew criticism from followers.
  • She has now defended herself, saying, “If I can post pictures in business class and be proud, I can also take pictures in coach and be proud.”
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Winnie Harlow has defended herself after she flying economy “tiresome” in an Instagram post.

The model was presumably leaving Milan, where she had just walked in Prada’s show at Fashion Week, but said the flight she was due to catch – flying business class – had been cancelled.

Harlow, 25, had to fly out that day to make it to a photoshoot, so she resorted to taking a different flight and travelling economy.

The Canadian supermodel posted a picture of the flight on Instagram, showing her snoozing on her hair stylist Jordan Jay Brumant’s lap with her Prada-clad feet up on the seat next to her.

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I haven’t slept in 4 days, and my flight got cancelled. The amazing airport escort got my team and I put on the fastest flight out but we had to give up our business class seats in order to land in time for a huge shoot at 6am. I realize this may not seem like a big deal to some, but when a plane is your bedroom and a flight the only time to get sleep during a hectic fashion month, it’s tiresome. Regardless I’m grateful, god works in mysterious ways and everything happens for a reason. It’s not everyday glamour, you have to do what you have to do to be successful in life ????????❤️ to reach your goals the grind never stops! (Ty @hbjbofficial for being my pillow????????)

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“I haven’t slept in 4 days, and my flight got cancelled,” Harlow wrote in the caption.

“The amazing airport escort got my team and I put on the fastest flight out but we had to give up our business class seats in order to land in time for a huge shoot at 6am.

“I realize this may not seem like a big deal to some, but when a plane is your bedroom and a flight the only time to get sleep during a hectic fashion month, it’s tiresome.

“Regardless I’m grateful, god works in mysterious ways and everything happens for a reason. It’s not everyday glamour, you have to do what you have to do to be successful in life. To reach your goals the grind never stops!”

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While some of Harlow’s followers praised her being “the hardest working model,” others criticized her view of flying economy.

“People ride in those seats everyday so this really isn’t a big deal but ok,” one follower wrote.

“Ohhh I feel so bad for you. You needed to give up your business class tix. That must be soooo hard. Is that the only problem you have in your life ??? Seriously,” added another.

“Giving up business class seats is such a sacrifice? You’re on a clean airplane with nice leather seats and you have an empty seat next to you! Be humble, girl. It’s much more attractive than anything else,” echoed a further follower.

After the Daily Mail reported on Harlow’s post and wrote that she had “begrudgingly” given up her business class seats, the model wrote a retort in a subsequent post.

“Hmm ‘bemoaning’.. not Winnie Harlow is grateful for being able to get on a flight period because of the amazing work of of the people in the airport?” she wrote.

“All you took was ‘had to give up business class flight.’ This whole ‘woah is me’ take is sickening [sic].

“Me not flying in business is a statement, not a moan. If the class mattered I could’ve waited for the next availability.”

She went on: “If I can post pictures in business class and be proud, I can also take pictures in coach and be proud. Proud that making it to work is more important to me than how I got there.

“That is the message. Like I said, ‘the grind never stops.’ Put that in your headline.”

Insider has contacted Harlow for comment.

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