Rebecca Romjin found herself in hot water with the Hadid clan after an interview she had with Entertainment Tonight. When asked about “the new generation of models such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid,” Romjin implied that the success of current models has less to do with their talent or hard work and more to do with their Internet fame.
“No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue,” Romjin said. “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.”
Romjin went on, implicating Vogue magazine and the entire fashion industry. “They are not true supermodels,” she continued. “And the thing is, I have always looked to Vogue magazine to lead the way, not be a follower... 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.”
While Romjin maintains that she was not specifically speaking about Hadid and Jenner, Gigi‘s mom, Yolanda Hadid, caught wind of Romjin’s comments and came to their defense on Twitter.
“They accomplished more at half your age in the fashion industry. It’s THEIR hard work and daily commitment to their profession that got them where they R today #NoParentsInvolved,” Yolanda wrote.
Though Romjin may not have specifically mentioned either Hadid or Jenner in her answer, both are social media megastars as well as accomplished supermodels, making them the direct target of what Romjin was speaking on. The thing is, models with massive social media followings do make a difference, and are increasingly in demand in a world that revolves around platforms like Instagram and Twitter. Not only do models like Hadid and Jenner sell covers and runways, they have also been able to channel their popularity for good causes, like Karlie Kloss’ Kode With Klossy STEM program, or Kendall Kenner’s self-empowerment campaign for Calvin Klein. There’s one thing Romjin is right about, and that’s that fashion always changes. Perhaps it’s time for her to change with it.
❤️ did you even bother to see what she said on entertainment tonight? No need 2 throw shade on hard-working children https://t.co/DvngPeMOdA— YOLANDA (@YolandaHFoster) April 29, 2016