Veteran supermodel-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn is not fond of the continued rise of social media models.
The 43-year-old actress, who played the role of Mystique in the older X-men movies, said today’s popular models are “not true supermodels” in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight.
Asked what she thought of the new generation of models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who are both popular on social media, Romijn aired her disappointment candidly:
“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.”
She also called out premiere fashion magazine Vogue for promoting the trend:
“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.”
A similar opinion was shared last year by ‘90s supermodel Naomi Campbell via an interview on “The Meredith Viera Show,” where she said:
“We had to earn our stripes and take our stepping stones to get to where we’ve gotten, and to accomplish what we have achieved […] Then it just comes like that for them — but I sometimes believe easy come, easy go.”
New rising models recruited from Instagram and other social media tools have become the norm for the fashion industry. The trend has given opportunities to women like Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.