Rebecca Romijn is clarifying comments she made about Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid not being “true supermodels.” The 1999 Sports Illustrated cover girl tells Us Weekly exclusively in the new issue, on newsstands now, that she didn’t set out to diss the budding models.
“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,” says Romijn, 43. “These two ladies 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.”
As previously reported, the model-turned-actress seemingly bashed Jenner, 20, and Hadid, 21, during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in April when she said that the fashion industry is “frustrated” with models gaining momentum through social media. "I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can’t stand it," she said. "Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels."
While icons such as Janice Dickinson tell Us no one could ever compare to the likes of Kate Moss and Iman, Tyra Banks and Cindy Crawford are keeping the peace.
Crawford, 50, tells Us that she admires the young women, while Banks, 42, added in a June 22 essay, “We all must remember we are stronger together.”
Pick up the latest issues of Us Weekly for more on the supermodel wars, including what Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and Jessica Hart have to say.