Ex-Supermodel Rebecca Romijn has slammed breakout fashion stars Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid because apparently being attractive and having loads of social media points is much less noble than just being attractive. Go figure...
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Romjin candidly expressed her horror that the social media presence of young models might correlate with their success on the catwalk, she explained:
"No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue, so it is frustrating."
The former X-Men star went on to reveal that she isn't the only person in the fashion industry who has a bee in their bonnet over usurpers slipping onto catwalks like they were in some sort of popularity contest:
"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."
But who does Romjin blame for letting this "trend" escalate in the first place? the 43-year-old threw a Tiffany "New York" Pollard level side-eye at Vogue when she said:
"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. But it will change; fashion always does."
Although many of might find it hard to see how having a pretty face and a popular media personality is somehow lesser than simply being "model material," Romjin isn't the first person to throw shade at Kendall Jenner. Just last week Calvin Klein also said he would never have chosen the Kardashian Klan member as the face of his former fashion house.
Personally, I think fashion does protest too much. In an industry that is literally governed by trends, you have to roll with whatever gains popularity organically, right?
Do you think models should be chosen purely for their looks instead of their popularity?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)