Tyra Banks is the mother of all supermodels, so it's no surprise she decided to weigh in on Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid's feud with former supermodel Stephanie Seymour. But her comments about the so-called "Model War" (which started when Seymore declared the youngins aren't "real" supermodels, but rather Instagram celebrities) are making us pause. Clearly, Tyra is taking this little skirmish way too seriously.
She wrote on her website, "Why do I feel in the middle? I'm a model that started my career in high fashion, that transitioned to the girl-next-door sexy Supermodel, and then Created a modeling reality show that catapulted my career and personal brand further than I could have ever imagined." She continues to explain that she exists in the middle, not just on the cover of magazines, and not just on TV or in social media.
She then implored "the original Supermodels... my sisters ...my girls..." and "the new Supermodels...my sisters...my girls..." to put down their arms.
But she didn't stop there: a short while later, she took to Twitter to drag the late Rodney King into it:
This supermodel war is raging and it's really tearing me apart. I wanna quote Rodney King so badly right now.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) June 22, 2016
On her site, Banks concluded, "Anyone can be a model! If you have social media accounts, you can pose and post away, build your followers and make cold hard money all while having lots of fun. The modeling world is now a democracy and we need to celebrate it, lean into it."
As for Jenner, herself, she's not backing down either. Just last week she confidently stated her place in the world of fashion and modeling. "If people want to call Gigi and I supermodels now, it doesn't take anything away from supermodels of the past," she wrote. "Obviously, I have so much respect for those women, but right now, we're the models of this time."
Now that Banks, one of the most famous models in the world, has spoken out about this issue, it will be interesting to see how her sisters respond.
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