Do Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid compare to the "original" supermodels? It's not exactly a new question (or, frankly, an important question), but it is a popular one at the moment.
Former model, and X-Men actress, Rebecca Romijn, is the latest public figure to share a negative opinion about the new faces of the modelling industry.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Romijn was asked "What are your thoughts on the new generation of models such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, who are more famous for their social media presence than their runway experience?"
It was a loaded question, but that didn't stop the star from ripping in to the young duo.
"No-one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue," she said, "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 supermodels." OUCH!
Romijn continued her tirade by taking a stab at fashion magazine, Vogue, "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."
The girls have featured on the cover of Vogue an incredible number of times, considering the short span of their careers, with Kendall covering the magazine 5 times, and Gigi a whopping 10 times (11 if you count the alternate cover options for Vogue Paris in March 2016.) That doesn't even include their multiple Teen Vogue covers or in-mag spreads!
Their accuser, Romijn, was a successful model in the 90's, famously working with titles such as Sport's Illustrated and modelling for brands like Victoria's Secret and Giorgio Armani.
While Gigi Hadid, 21, and Kendall Jenner, 20, have achieved many of the same feats as Romijn, the attention of her attack seems to be focused on how they ended up with their modelling careers.
Both girls were thrown into the spotlight thanks to their famous families. Gigi's mum, Yolanda H Foster, is a star on Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, while Kendall comes from Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame. Gigi started modelling for Baby Guess at just two, while Kendall began at the age of fourteen when she signed a contract with Wilhelmina Models.
As they grew older, they turned the fascination about their lives into full-blown modelling careers through the power of social media.
Gigi has 16.7 million Instagram followers, while Kendall has a huge 55.3 million, giving her one of the most-followed social media accounts in the world. Aside from their friend Cara Delevingne (29.9 million followers), most of their model peers are sitting around the 3 million mark (Which, I must point out, is still a massive social media following and major part of their ability to land campaigns).
Their widespread appeal and ability to generate conversation about the brand has inspired many designers to work with them.
However, not all designers are fans of the young stars. Recently, Calvin Klein dissed Kendall for her role in the company's new #MyCalvins campaign, calling celebrity involvement with the brand "disappointing."
Klein said, "You know, I’m really not that familiar with it. I’m honestly not. I’m sure she’s a lovely young woman. It’s not the kind of thing I would have done, even today. Justin Bieber, yes. When [I say] I like Justin Bieber in the Calvin Klein Underwear [campaign], it’s because I like him – not because he’s got millions of followers."
It's not the first time Kendall has been branded unworthy of her modelling success, though. Model Arisce Wanzer penned an open letter to the star in November 2014, after Kendall's wildly successful run during fashion week. After detailing the financial, physical and emotional struggles of attempting to work as a model, Wanzer wrote, "Her mummy surely called a top agency, got her in the door and the design houses just chose to milk her fame like the cash cow that it is."
Then, when the star landed her first ever Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in 2015, many fans were quick to question the company's decision. While it is publicly known that her bestie Gigi auditioned three times before being accepted, reports surfaced of other model's resenting Kendall for being "handed" her spot.
Kendall's replacement of former Victoria's Secret model, Jordan Dunn, is also rumoured to be the reason Rihanna withdrew from performing at the show. Especially since Jourdan wrote in a since-deleted tweet, "Feeling so much better about not doing BS... sorry I mean VS now that Rihanna isn't doing it also."
Fellow model, Shanina Shaik, defended her friends against criticism, saying in an interview with The Daily Mail that the pair had worked "really hard" to get where they are, in spite of their famous families.
Victoria's Secret veteran, Adrian Lima, was quick to shut down reports of Mean Girls behaviour backstage at the show. "Absolutely not true," Lima captioned her Instagram post, "Magazines sometimes make a big buzz to sell, creating negative and false reports. I absolutely love those two girls and I can't believe sometimes how negative those magazines can be. This kind of news goes against my character and against the values that my mother taught me."
Honestly, the drama seemed to roll right off the girl's backs.
Both girls also landed contracts with major cosmetic companies in 2015. Gigi was announced as the new face of Maybelline New York, while Kendall joined forces with Estée Lauder. Damn, those are some successful kids!
It's safe to say they have taken the modelling world by storm, and it doesn't seem like they will be slowing down any time soon.
Rebecca Romijn might not think the girls stack up to the "originals" like Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington, but that doesn't mean they don't work hard.
Gigi and Kendall, like all models, are beautiful. Are they the most beautiful in the entire world? Who cares. The fact remains, we are in a social media age. A model's online presence will impact whether or not they are hired, and Gigi and Kendall are not the only ones using the tool - they just happen to be the best at it.