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Stephanie Seymour was without a doubt one of the most beautiful and successful supermodels of the 80s and 90s. In fact the 47-year-old and a slew of model friends including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford simultaneously added the superlative in front of the term “model”.
The six Supers worked extremely hard to capture the attention of the world’s biggest ateliers which may be why Seymour felt the need to cut down social supermodels – millenials who are hired with their large Instagram followings in mind – Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid last week. “They are completely different than we were,” Seymour said. “Supermodels are a sort of thing of the past. [Kendall and Gigi] are beautiful girls, and I support all of them, but they need their own title. B**ches of the moment! That would be a good title for them.”
Jenner instantly took to her website to call Seymour out for bullying. And rightly so. “If you choose to cyberbully, I’m going to stick up for myself,” Jenner wrote. “No one is trying to steal Stephanie Seymour’s thing, or trying to be her. I guarantee you that she didn’t imagine someone so publicly shaming her daughter when she made those comments about us being b**ches of the moment.”
“If you 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 these women, but right now, we’re the models of this time.”
Today, Gigi’s Mum, Yolanda Hadid also weighed in and defended her daughter to TMZ.
“It’s sad to see some of these beautiful semi-retired supermodels, who are mothers themselves now, feel the need to publicly put down someone else’s daughter,” said Hadid.
Seymour needs to understand today’s internet. Instagram and Twitter are a form of insurance for today’s [social supermodels). Let’s call it superannuation rather; protection that guarantees relevancy that will take you past the late-twenties model expiry date. And if you say something mean about women with a collective social audience of 80 million, you’re not going to win. Perhaps Foster said it best: Work on leaving a positive legacy and be supportive of the new generation.