Naomi Campbell Is Ready to Stop Shading Kendall, Gigi & Bella
While 90s supermodels have had a historically difficult time accepting that Kendall and Gigi aren’t just it-girls, they’re the supermodels of our time, Naomi Campbell has finally changed her tune.
“I think they’re great,” Naomi told Remix magazine. “I know all of these young girls, Instagram girls, and they’re all really respectful and sweet. If I can ever help them, it’s a pleasure for me to do that. I’ve helped a few of them with their walks.”
Of course, calling them “Instagram girls” and saying she’s there to help them is still kind of shady, but it’s Naomi fucking Campbell — what else do you expect?
“I think it is a change in the industry,” Naomi continued, probably alluding to Instagram itself and the fact that casting agents look at the amount of followers you have while booking shows now. “It seems to be that there are so many more models now and it is so much more competitive. It just seems to be that they come in and out much faster.”
All of this is a huge departure from what she told Meredith Vieira a little over a year ago:
“I just feel my generation of women, like Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Claudia [Schiffer], we had to earn our stripes and take our stepping stones to get where we have gotten; to accomplish what we have achieved to this date. I kind of feel like, ‘My God, we’ve worked so hard and we are still working at it – then it just comes like that for them.’ But I sometimes believe easy come, easy go.”
A year ago, the new wave of supermodel it-girls were just starting to be embraced by the fashion community, so an OG supermodel could get away with throwing some shade with full impunity.
Not so much.
Denying Kendall, Gigi, and to a lesser extent Bella, the credit they deserve just makes you look like a snob, which is an especially bad look in our current era of populism and accessibility.
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Welcome to the fold, Naomi.
[H/T Daily Mail]