It wasn’t long ago that former supermodel Rebecca Romijn criticized the new generation of models, women such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, for being little more than social media celebrities. Now, Stephanie Seymour has added her own criticism, directly aimed at both Jenner and Hadid, echoing much of what was said by Romijn, and Kendall isn’t letting it slide this time. Terming Seymour’s words as cyber-bullying, Jenner says she feels compelled to stand up for herself.
Stephanie Seymour Throws Shade At Kendall Jenner And Gigi Hadid
Long before social media was an established part of pop culture, the fashion industry primarily presented the runway saunters and glossy images of six supermodels: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour, and Christy Turlington. Now, after a couple of decades, the ability to claim the title of model (and even supermodel) seems to be no more difficult than gaining a large social media following and that, says former supermodel Stephanie Seymour, is the problem.
“They are completely different than we were,” Ms. Seymour said, singling out Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid in particular. “Supermodels are sort of the thing of the past. They deserve their own title. [Kendall and Gigi] are beautiful girls, and I support all of them, but they need their own title.”
When asked what she might call young models like Jenner and Hadid, Seymour takes the opportunity to throw shade at the new generation of social media stars turned fashion models.
“B—-es of the moment!” Seymour said with a laugh. “That would be a good title for them.”
If Stephanie seems bitter, it may be because she feels slighted by the ease in which girls like Kendall and Gigi have come to the modeling industry. For Seymour, she describes giving up her childhood at 14 to begin working in modeling. She recalls feeling overworked and pressured to succeed from the very beginning and, although she says the career path led little room for fun, Seymour wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s made me who I am today and I’m proud of my career and what I have accomplished,” Stephanie adds.
Kendall Jenner Fires Back At Stephanie Seymour In An Online Statement
As might be expected, Kendall Jenner hasn’t taken kindly to Seymour’s comments about her qualifications for the title of supermodel and responded immediately to the idea that she and her fellow model and friend Gigi Hadid might be better termed “b—-es of the moment” rather than models. While Ms. Seymour may have coined the phrase with a degree of humor, Jenner isn’t laughing. In fact, Kendall says Stephanie was little more than a bully.
“If you choose to be a cyberbully, I’m going to stick up for myself,” Jenner wrote. “No one is trying to steal Stephanie Seymour’s thing, or trying to be her. I actually looked up to her. She has a daughter! I guarantee you that she didn’t imagine someone so publicly shaming her daughter when she made those comments about us being ‘b—-es of the moment.'”
Kendall adds that the women of modeling in today’s industry have certainly earned the right to be called supermodels through dedication and long hours of hard work. She adds that, by claiming the supermodel title, neither she nor any of the other contemporary models are trying to take anything from Seymour’s generation. In fact, Kendall reveals that she has already earned the respect of other supermodels of Stephanie’s generation, and, while she doesn’t name names, Kendall does say she has been praised by those icons of fashion for her recent modeling work.
“That’s the classy way to behave and I fully intend on being a positive influence on anyone younger than me, my entire life,” Jenner said in closing out her statement.
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