Rebecca Romijn had a few opinions about whether she thought Kendall and Gigi deserved the honorary title of being a “supermodel”. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she said, “No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue. 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 the thing is, I have always looked to Voguemagazine 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.”
British Vogue posed the following question on their Twitter account: “Who said that Kendall and Gigi are not “true supermodels”? A large proportion of their followers tweeted back “Everyone.”
“The only true supermodels were Naomi, Christy, Claudia etc. It started and ended there as far as I’m concerned. If you weren’t in a George Michael clip in the nineties you ain’t super,” writes Marlo Perry on the Vogue Australia Facebook page.
“Supermodel is an outdated term. It implies longevity, a certain timeless quality. Contemporary models are products and victims of the modern fashion industry, which demands newer and younger faces seasonally. How can anyone nowadays achieve supermodel standing when their style and identity/popularity have an expiration date from the get go… As it appears, ”fast fashion” applies to its models too,” writes Léna Verë Sol on the Vogue Australia Facebook page