Tyra Banks Is the Only Person Who Can End the 'Supermodel War'

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A generational feud is brewing between supermodels. Or, as Tyra Banks calls it, a “supermodel war.” This story involves Kendall Jenner, Tyra Banks, Gigi Hadid, Tyra Banks, Stephanie Seymour and Tyra Banks.

The drama started in April, when Rebecca Romijn took Kendall and Gigi down a peg and said they’re “not true supermodels.” (She later clarified her remarks.) Two weeks ago, in response to a question about Romijn’ statement, Seymour told Vanity Fair in an interview, “Supermodels are sort of the thing of the past. They deserve their own title.” Seymour called them “beautiful girls” but says a better description for them would be “bitches of the moment.”

While this may have been just a lighthearted jab, Kendall didn’t take it as such and said she was “disappointed.”


“This moment is all about being supportive—NOT cyberbullying,” she wrote in a post on her site. “No one is trying to steal Stephanie Seymour’s thing, or trying to be her. I actually looked up to her.” Kendall added: “Being a ‘supermodel’ is a relative term. If people want to call Gigi and I supermodels now, it doesn’t take anything away from supermodels of the past.”

This is the point in the story where we stop, collect ourselves and ask how Tyra Banks feels about all this.

Tyra also took time to comment on Instagram, with a throwback photo of herself and a reflective caption.


“If I could talk to my 18-year-old self, I’d tell her that she will grow up and be a voice for all models. For all women. That she will have a responsibility to speak up when she sees things going awry,” she wrote. “When she sees women that are sisters having conflict, she must be bold. She must be unafraid. She must speak out. And she must do it today. And I will. Get ready.”

I’m 100% certain Tyra will fix this.


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Culture Editor, Jezebel

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Personally, I feel like supermodels was a term given to the models of the early 90s - Christy, Naomi, Helena, Tyra, Stephanie, Cindy, etc. So, no, Kendall and Gigi are not supermodels. Seriously, though, have you seen Gigi’s walk? Go find a video of it. Then find a video of Naomi’s walk. That’s the difference between these girls of the now and the supermodels, then. The supermodels then earned their money, you little shits. The girls of now were born into rich families, and had connections to the modeling world, so they don’t even look like they’re trying.

Side Note: Gigi says that she is working on her walk to make it better, so we can all stop judging her now. I say, sweetheart, you are being paid to walk with fucking clothes on. If you don’t know how to do it fiercely, then you don’t know how to do your job. Naomi looks like she started walking like that as an infant.