As Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner walk the Victoria's Secret runway, it is almost certain that some jealous colleague, fashion has-been, or wannabe will say something mean. It happened to Gigi in Milan last summer, and it happens all the time.
This time, the fashion industry is circling their wagons around Victoria's Secret Models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner as they enter the spotlight. Models do not want another fiasco like the one last summer. Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima, supermodel Cindy Crawford herself, and many others are defending Gigi and Kendall.
Last June, Stephanie Seymour surprised everyone when she allegedly attacked Gigi and Kendall's supermodel status. It seems every time these girls walk the catwalk someone has to say something catty.Gigi Hadid told Kendall Jenner what Stephanie Seymour has been saying about them to the likes of Vanity Fair. Gigi and Kendall's fans were also outraged about Seymour's comments, which are a crude restatement of some other less famous Hadid and Jenner critics.
These Victoria's Secret Models often receive critique. Gigi Hadid is often criticized for her high level of fitness rather than being just another typically gaunt and bony model. Kendall Jenner keeps getting scorned as someone who grew up in fame and had the title of supermodel just handed to her. Here is a recap of the debate.
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are frequently referred to in the media as supermodels. That is a title that Stephanie Seymour feels should be reserved for her and her now-aging buddies who graced the runway in a bygone era. They are not to be confused with the likes of these new Victoria's Secret beauties.Stephanie Seymour believes that, she, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are the only real supermodels and that title should just be retired. So, there should never be another supermodel after these aging models finally leave the spotlight?
Victoria's Secret Models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid pointed out that what Stephanie Seymour said was not classy. Kendall called it cyber bullying.
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"They are completely different than we were. 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... B*****s of the moment! That would be a good title for them."
The Victoria's Secret show this week cast a bright light on the new breed of supermodels. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and her little sister, Bella Hadid, were front and center, owning that runaway with their perfect bodies. Kendall, Gigi, and Bella are more famous and more in-demand by far than most of their contemporaries, but are they supermodels?
Kendall Jenner found Stephanie Seymour's comments hurtful and enraging. Stephanie Seymour made those comments in June to Vanity Fair. Many fans thought Victoria's Secret models, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid has decided to just be "classy" and let that one ride. However, Kendall did reply later that week and Gigi gave it her stamp of approval on social media. A lot of people missed this, though, so here it is.
Victoria's Secret model Kendall Jenner is quoted on E! News, giving Stephanie Seymour a piece of her mind.
"Gigi sent me the most recent rant and I'm disappointed. If you're going to tell us not to be in 'your moment,' then don't be in mine! This moment is all about being supportive—NOT cyberbullying. But, if you choose to be a cyberbully, I'm going to stick up for myself."
Kendall Jenner prompted and supported by Gigi Hadid, defends powerfully. She makes some strong points, and she stays "classy."
"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*****s of the moment.'"
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are even more hurt because as Kendall says, these girls looked up to Seymour and her supermodel friends. The supermodels of the past are unarguably icons, but what is wrong with the idea that new Victoria's Secret Models like Kendall and Gigi are also iconic?
"Being a 'supermodel' is a relative term. If people want to call Gigi and I supermodels now, it doesn't take anything away from supermodels of the past. Obviously, I have so much respect for those women, but right now, we're the models of this time. Significant? Maybe. Hardworking? For sure."
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid always resent the idea that they are not working hard or that this fashion model gig was just handed to them because they were born with wealth. Victoria's Secret, Versace, and Tommy Hilfiger are actually quite choosy. People in a position to know, and those who work with Jenner and Hadid are quick to point out that Kendall and Gigi are hard working. Kendall continues.
"When I'm older, I'm going to be so nice to anyone who's trying to do the same thing as me. There are other supermodels who give me tips and build up my confidence, sending me notes after a spread comes out, saying, 'You're killing it.' That's the classy way to behave and I fully intend on being a positive influence on anyone younger than me, my entire life."
Well, Kendall Jenner that was great, and Gigi Hadid seconded her remarks, adding her seal of approval in social media, but now more models are coming forward to give Kendall and Gigi their stamp of approval.
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima is quoted in Yahoo Style expressing her support for Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner.
"I have worked with Kendall on runways before when we were in Europe, like Versace and also with Victoria's Secret. Kendall is very sweet and very nice, and it's always pleasant to work with someone like that. You know, she works as hard as we do, so I give her credit for all the effort,"
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner were also gallantly defended by Zak Posen when he spoke to Vanity Fair.
"They are certainly supermodels, and they are absolutely representative of the global social-media movement that we are living in. I think they work very hard and are concentrated and driven. So I think they are pretty big superstars. I hire models based off of their work, their talent, and their personality. It's a collaboration, and I look for longevity. To me, there needs to be co-branding. It's about the vision of the work that I'm doing, and the models I'm working with bring it to life."
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Cindy Crawford also spoke in defense of the young beauties, taking aim at colleagues who had recently slammed Victoria's Secret girls Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Yahoo Style quotes Crawford, explaining a bit of the resentment older models may feel since the advent of social media.
"I'm so jealous because I feel they have this direct way to communicate with their audience that my generation didn't have."
Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner have also received social media support from a host of other models like Rebecca Romijn and Yolanda Foster in the past. Rebecca revealed that she had been misquoted in an article and wanted to assure Victoria's Secret's Gigi and Kendall the story was not true.
Stephanie Seymour even recanted her comments saying she was just joking and was totally taken out of context. She decided to make amends after the public reaction.
"A supermodel is a supermodel, I respect and admire all these women in my industry, in particular Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner. Having been in the business over 20 years I know how hard these women work."
With Victoria's Secret's spotlight still warm on their backs, will Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid get a break from the critics?
Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are the top models these days, working for Victoria's Secret and so many other big names, so why not call them supermodels?
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