Cat(walk) fight! Kendall Jenner has had enough of the great “supermodel debate” about whether she and Gigi Hadid qualify for the title. And she wrote a post on her app in order to respond to original super Stephanie Seymour’s recent interview in Vanity Fair, in which she expressed that the social media generation of models led by Kendall and BFF Gigi should not be called supermodels — but rather “bitches of the moment.”
“They are completely different than we were,” Seymour, 47, told Vanity Fair. “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,” she expressed, before adding, “Bitches of the moment! That would be a good title for them.”
Kendall responded to Seymour’s comments in an open letter on her website, defending not only herself and Gigi, but also giving her own thoughts on “real supermodels.”
“If you choose to be a cyberbully, I’m going to stick up for myself,” she began. “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 ‘bitches of the moment.'”
And while she dismisses Seymour’s model moniker, Kendall maintains that her industry is more about work ethic than labels.
“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,” she shared.
Kendall added that she’s also been greeted by a lot of respect from supermodel vets, “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,” she concluded.
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This isn’t the first time KenGi took a hit over their “supermodel status.” Earlier this year, Rebecca Romijn expressed her opinion that having a high social following does not “translate into revenue” in the fashion world.
“I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can’t stand it” she said. “Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels.”
Considering that Kendall and Gigi are walking catwalks all over the world, we’d say they’ve figured out their careers outside of social media.
What do you think of Kendall’s response to Seymour’s comment? Which side of the supermodel debate do you land on? Share below.