Written by Zoë Holloway, April 29, 2016

Vogue has been forced to listen to followers who don’t believe that social media stars Kendall Jenner, 20, and Gigi Hadid, 21, are worthy of the title ‘supermodel’, after the magazine reported on Rebecca Romijn’s similar opinion.

The magazine posted the story to its Facebook and Twitter pages, and immediately received an overwhelming response from readers who were ‘relieved someone is saying what they’re all thinking’.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rebecca Romijn, who is best known for playing Mystique in the X-Men franchise, expressed her disdain at Gigi and Kendall being labelled ‘supermodels’.

The 43-year-old actress and former model stated that ‘No-one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue,’ and that she ‘hate[s] it that these social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels.’

When British Vogue reported on her interview comments, it posed the question on its Twitter account: ‘Who said that Kendall and Gigi are not “true supermodels”?’ to which a great number of the magazine’s online following replied ‘Everyone.’



Australian Vogue has also published an article admitting that the term ‘supermodel’ may be changing, but people are justified in thinking social media popularity shouldn’t warrant fashion success.

So, is this the end of social media darlings on magazine covers? What does the word supermodel truly mean in 2016?

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