Rebecca Romijn is backtracking on her remarks about Gigi Hadid, who was spotted at a fashion shoot with RuPaul on Wednesday (June 29, 2016) in West Hollywood, after throwing some shade at the fashion It-girl.
Since calling Hadid not a “true supermodel,” Romijn, 43, is clarifying her remarks about the new generations of model. Though before she claimed she knows “legitimate fashion people” who “can’t stand” young girls scoring fashion campaigns due to their Instagram followers, the former model is now saying that her comments were taken out of context.
“First of all, I was asked my opinion about a social media trend, no specific names were ever mentioned. Secondly, I’m embarrassed that I even used the word ‘supermodel.’ It’s a dumb word that has always been too loosely thrown around,” she tells Us Weekly. “[Hadid and Kendall Jenner] are in a stratosphere that I never came close to in the modeling world, and I know they’re working their butts off. That said, it’s not a competition and we don’t get anything out of pitting women against each other.”
Previously, Romijn told Entertainment Tonight that “No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue.”
“It is frustrating,” she said of the trend of people with a massive social media following getting contracts. “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.”
Sine then, Hadid’s mother, who previously worked in the fashion industry and is now the mother of three models, lashed out at Romijn for the statement.
“Kind, hard working and accomplished more at half your age in the fashion industry,” Yolanda Hadid tweeted. “It’s THEIR hard work and daily commitment to their profession that got them where they R today #NoParentsInvolved.”