Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are taking on shade from all sides. As two of the most highly in demand and highly paid models in the world, Kendall and Gigi attract professional jealousy and a host of disparaging remarks in the press, on social media and even within the fashion industry.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have little or no privacy from the press, paparazzi, and adoring fans, but what happens when some fans and press are less than adoring? Hadid and Jenner take shade for their personal lives, their wealth, and their careers. They are even body shamed despite their perfect figures. Whether it is a comment on social media or a critique from top fashion industry veterans, it all adds up and must feel like bullying for Jenner and Hadid.
We're so excited to announce the Gigi Boot, a collaboration between @StuartWeitzman and @gigihadid in support of PoP! #ShoesForSchools pic.twitter.com/A36xJgLzj0Gigi Hadid doesn't know how to walk, according to some of her harshest critics, while others still think she should lose 10 or 15 pounds and reduce her breasts and butt. How mean is that? It's crazy. right? Isn't it just obvious that Gigi looks great and her runway walk is cool?
— Pencils of Promise (@PencilsOfPromis) October 26, 2016
Kendall Jenner is only a model because she's a reality TV star, say some critics. They argue that she's hired only for her fame and her social media following. Does that really make sense though?
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are among the top five models in the world, but are they truly supermodels? Are they equal to the big six? Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are considered the supermodels, but did they have anything that Gigi and Kendall don't have?
Compare Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner with supermodels from the past in the videos below.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsAYeRar230[/embed]Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid catch shade from fellow models and others in the modeling industry. Vanity Fair recently explained the real resentment in the fashion industry toward Gigi and Kendall's supermodel status. Stephanie Seymour argues that Jenner and Hadid are not really supermodels.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are just "b**ches of the moment," not real supermodels, according to aging supermodel Stephanie Seymour. If that's true, why are Hadid and Jenner paid in real money and featured on real magazine covers? Why are they walking in some of the most prestigious shows in the world?
Just in: @GiGiHadid + couture makes for a a killer cover combination in the November issue https://t.co/gnKDMD0bGT pic.twitter.com/itxZwX5Bcn
— Vogue.fr (@VogueParis) October 17, 2016
cover of German Vogue October issue shot by Luigi and Iango ❤️ pic.twitter.com/qJfXfS9uqsTyra Banks contends in Vanity Fair that Seymour was taken out of context and she really isn't like that. Still, there are people who do feel that way, and Banks acknowledges there is a "Model War" apparently being waged at all levels between old school models and social media queens. Banks came to the defense of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner though.
— Kendall (@KendallJenner) September 9, 2016
"They're working their butt off. I can tell; I've done it."
Despite Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid being more in demand and more highly paid than most other models, they are not really supermodels? Just what do these fashion veterans expect from a supermodel? What are Gigi and Kendall missing exactly?
Robert Verdi explained this strange point of view to Vanity Fair.
"Rich kids are in style. There's definitely a truth to the fact that these girls are models of the moment and they have the zeitgeist of what our culture's about. They have the Instagram following. In another day, these girls are not real models. Yes, they are photographed and airbrushed and they look O.K. in some of the shoots. But these are not Linda Evangelistas; these are not Naomi Campbells. These girls are not magic."Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are not magic? Zayn Malik and Harry Styles might seriously disagree with Robert Verdi on that one. Were Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington somehow more magical? In what way exactly? Did they pull rabbits out of hats, or ride in on unicorns? What on Earth does magic even mean in the context of walking down a runway or posing for photos? The word "magic" seems subjective, to say the least, but these are the kinds of vague critiques from so-called experts these girls get. It's a good thing that the real fashion designers signing their checks don't feel this way.
Is it fair to say that Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are popular because they are rich? Kendall has always said that only because of her self-controlled professional demeanor is she even taken seriously in her industry. Miss Jenner doesn't want her professionalism upstaged by her reality show with the Jenner and Kardashian family. Though she may have a famous name, Kendall has tried to make it on her own merit.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are really professional, though, in their behavior, according to Robert Verdi's qualifying comments to Vanity Fair. Maybe they aren't quite as magical as the old time models according to Verdi, but even he admits they get the job done.
"You heard more stories about tantrums with Naomi, phone throwing, all that. We haven't heard that about these girls. These girls, from what I've heard from industry insiders and people who work with them, they are on time, they perform, they work hard. They are not dialing it in. They're delivering on set."
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid deliver, even according to their detractors. They do what they are told and they look great doing it, so what exactly is the problem? Is there a problem at all or is it all just so much sour grapes?
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are often treated in certain circles of the fashion world as if they aren't really supermodels. They are sometimes attacked on social media for little or no reason. Kendall explained on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she was taking a break from Instagram and Twitter to detox, but seven days later on November 20, Kendall is back on Instagram. So what drove Miss Jenner away in the first place? Kendall is quoted on E! News.
"I would wake up in the morning and I would look at it first thing. I would go to bed and it was the last thing that I would look at. I felt a little too dependent on it, so I kinda wanted to take a minute. It's a detox. I'll be back."Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid both take crazy abuse online occasionally, even though for the most part they are very well loved. Kendall was recently attacked by ballerinas from around the world for not being a ballerina, according to The Sun. They are speculating the ballerina drama was a contributing factor to Kendall's temporary departure from Instagram. Apparently, according to the dancers, Vogue Spain should have hired a real ballerina, not Kendall. The magazine Dance Spirit is quoted in The Sun.
"The whole thing reads as pretty disrespectful to the artists who devote their lives to this demanding craft."Kendall Jenner's explanation is quoted in The Sun.
"With my Vogue Spain shoot, I didn't even know I was going to be a ballerina until I went into hair and makeup. I never said I knew ballet and I didn't practice beforehand. I just show up to do my job!"
So there you have it fans. Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner show up for shoots. They put on the wardrobe provided and pose for the pictures in the way they are instructed. That is their job. It is not a ballerina's job to model ballerina costumes. The dancer's job is to dance in them. It isn't a model's job to dance, just to pose in whatever clothing is provided. There is no need for this hostility, but what is the source of all this anger?
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner appear to live happy, basically normal lives, while many models and dancers make insane sacrifices for their careers. Ballerinas and models sometimes follow diets that leave them half starved to death, trying to get thinner. Gigi has admitted she still enjoys a hamburger from time to time. Maybe the models are not so much jealous of the jobs Gigi gets, but of the hamburgers she eats. She's happy with her body as is and refuses to slim down further because it isn't healthy. Hey, somebody should get those starving girls a sandwich. Maybe they'd stop being so angry?
While Gigi Hadid's father is quite wealthy, her mother was a model, and everyone knows how beautiful Kris Jenner is. Are Kendall Jenner and Gigi supermodels because they are rich? Maybe they are so pretty because of their beautiful mothers, and that gives them an edge. Maybe they are models because they were raised around modeling. Whatever the reason, is it fair to say they don't deserve to have their jobs or to just plain hate on them because they are beautiful?
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Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are getting plenty of work, so apparently all the right people could care less about the opinions of those who feel their success hasn't been earned. While many girls struggle to get half as far, is that really anyone's fault? According to Robert Verdi's comments to Vanity Fair, it's about some romantic idea of being discovered, at least for him.
"There is a part of me that sort of wants to defend the traditional path that models come to be through a discovery process. They're working at the Dairy Queen in Oklahoma and somebody's like, 'You should be a model.' I miss that."So Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid never worked at the DQ. It seems pretty doubtful that a lot of supermodels ever did. Chances are girls who hear they should be a model while working at Dairy Queen assume it is a pickup line and nothing more. Gigi and Kendall grew up around modeling and so it is natural for them to become models. Cindy Crawford's daughter models too.
Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are considered supermodels. Is there anything substantially different between them and Hadid and Jenner? If so, exactly what?
Are Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid supermodels like Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour or Claudia Schiffer?
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