Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner aren't 'real' supermodels? X-Men star slams social media models

Published April 28th, 2016 - 02:00 GMT
Gigi and Kendall have 72.1 million Instagram followers between them. (AFP/File)
Gigi and Kendall have 72.1 million Instagram followers between them. (AFP/File)

Take note, Rebecca Romijn does not care how many Instagram followers Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid have.

The 43-year-old star has made her views on the new breed of models very clear - they are not, nor will ever be, supermodels. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the X-Men actress said Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid do not follow in the tradition of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington.

When asked about what she thought of the two top models of the moment who 'are more famous for their social media presence than their runway experience', the one-time Sports Illustrated star did not hold back. And the 43-year-old claims she is not the only one to think Instagram followers do not equate with the power of the 'true' supermodels.

'No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue,' she told ET. 'So it is frustrating. I know a lot of people - legitimate fashion people - can’t stand it. Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels.'


And Rebecca also served up some criticism to fashion bible Vogue. 'And the thing is, I have always looked to Vogue magazine to lead the way, not be a follower. 'I rely on Vogue to set the standard, not follow what everybody else is doing. So I have been disappointed that fashion magazines have been supporting this trend of social media stars to set our style standards.'


Rebecca Romijn on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1999.  

Rebecca - who starred in the Victoria's Secret show like Gigi and Kendall - said time in the spotlight will be short-lived for 'social media' models. 'But it will change; fashion always does,' she said.

Gigi and Kendall at the Victoria's Secret show (Instagram/Gigi Hadid) 

However, she later denied that she'd criticized Gigi and Kendall. 'Hey @kendalljenner @gighadid don't believe the #clickbait,' she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.


'Never talked smack about you. 'Both amazing and beautiful,' she captioned a photo of the models.

Rebecca did have praise for one model, Ashley Graham, - who was slammed by another former Sport's Illustrated model Cheryl Tiegs as she is a plus sized model. Rebecca heaped praise on Ashley: 'Ashley Graham is one of the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on.

Curvy model Ashley Graham landed three covers in a month. (Instagram/Ashley Graham)


'She is incredibly healthy and I think it’s fantastic that SI is opening up our standards of beauty to include somebody that a lot more people in our country can relate to. Women don’t get sexier than Ashley Graham - she is just as hot as can be.'

By Chelsea White


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