“X-Men” star and former supermodel Rebecca Romijn does not agree that being popular on social media makes one a supermodel. The actress, in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), slammed Instagram models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid and said they are not true supermodels.
“No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue. So it is frustrating. I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can’t stand it. Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels,” she told ET.
Romijn proceeded to talk about how top fashion magazines like Vogue were promoting these Instagram models like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid by following social media trends. “And the thing is, I have always looked to Vogue magazine to lead the way, not be a follower. I rely on Vogue to set the standard, not follow what everybody else is doing. So I have been disappointed that fashion magazines have been supporting this trend of social media stars to set our style standards. But it will change; fashion always does,” she thinks.
Romijn instead praised the inclusion of plus-size model Ashley Graham on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s recent issue. “Ashley Graham is one of the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on. She is incredibly healthy and I think it’s fantastic that SI is opening up our standards of beauty to include somebody that a lot more people in our country can relate to. Women don’t get sexier than Ashley Graham — she is just as hot as can be,” she told ET.
Rebecca Romijn, who is married to Jerry O’Connell (“Kangaroo Jack”) and has two daughters with him, began her modelling career in 1991. Though she started acting in 1997, appearing in “Friends” TV series, her real breakthrough came as the mutant Mystique in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men.” The role is now played by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence who’ll appear as the shape-shifting mutant one last time in 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse.”