Tyra Banks definitely knows a thing or two about being a top model, which is why she has something to say about the “model war” happening between the old-school trend-setting ladies and today’s runway-walking gals.
When supermodel-of-the-past Stephanie Seymour slammed models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, things started to heat up. “They are completely different than we were. Supermodels are sort of a thing of the past. They deserve their own title. [Kendall and Gigi] are beautiful girls, and I support all of them, but they need their own title….bitches of the moment.” Holy burn!
Kendall wasn’t going to let that fly, hitting back with an on-point response saying, “Being a ‘supermodel’ is a relative term. If people want to call Gigi and I supermodels now, it doesn’t take 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. Significant? Maybe. Hardworking? For sure.”
She then added, for a little flavor, “If you’re going to tell us not to be ‘in your moment,’ then don’t be in mine! This moment is all about being supportive — NOT cyberbullying. But, if you choose to be a cyberbully, I’m going to stick up for myself.” *slow clap*
Although that rightfully could’ve been the mic drop-worthy end of it all, Tyra Banks has a thing or two to say about the sticky situation that she deems the “model war” (not that she’s prone to dramatizing things). Writing a lengthy post on her blog, Tyra claims that she feels like she’s in the middle, being both a supermodel and a reality TV star.
From this perspective, she relates to the struggles that models faced in the past, but also recognizes that models today are “kicking ass, working hard, running from show to show, shoot to shoot and party to party (because you have to be seen and have a cool social media post that night because your followers are complaining you haven’t been posting enough lately). You’re driving yourself into exhaustion all while showing the world … that it looks so easy, when in reality, it is anything but. The pressure is ON.”
She also asks younger models to sympathize a bit with their elders. “Change is hard. And when you’re a legend, and have ruled the roost, it’s even harder. It can be frustrating, painful, and sometimes can leave one in disbelief.”
She continues on with other thoughts and perspectives, but makes one lasting statement that seems to sum it all up, saying, “Yesterday’s “Trinity” is today’s #Squad. And what we all must remember is that we are stronger together than apart.” We hear ya, girl!
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(h/t Elite Daily, photos via Dimitrios Kambouris, Jason Merritt, Larry Busacca/Getty)