If you are a 20-something girl who considers coffee a food group, chooses puppies over boyfriends, and strongly believes that Instagram is a ~lifestyle~ and not just an app, then there is a 99.999999999% chance that you are obsessed with the legendary KenGi.
KenGi, or Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, are Millennial #bestiegoals. They are this generation’s Oprah and Gayle, Paris and Nicole, Carrie and Samantha, Thelma and Louise, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler…you get the message.
They are social media’s most famous BFFs, they both star on incredibly popular reality shows, and they also happen to be two of fashion’s most sought after supermodels.
So it comes as no surprise that with all that beauty, money, and success, they have a few haters.
This spring, Stephanie Seymour (who?) and Rebecca Romijna (again, who?), a couple of washed up supermodels (that’s who), started shit talking the famous besties to the press. Seymour told Vanity Fair it would be more appropriate to call the girls “bitches of the moment” rather than supermodels, and Romijna said that the bestie duo should not be considered top models because social media catapulted them to fame.
While Seymour claims the interview twisted her words, the point was already made: the older generation is hating on the younger generation because times have changed and models nowadays are using this super cool thing called the internet to help leverage their careers.
How dare they use every available medium to hustle for their dream career?!
Now, I don’t know about you, but this all sounds very familiar to me. It sounds familiar because this is the exact type of ageism everyday non-famous Millennials face in the workplace all the time. Because of this (and also because of my unhealthy addiction to anything pop culture-related) I feel an overwhelming need to defend KenGi and their OBSCENE use of the internet for professional gain with one simple word: bullshit.
You think it was NBD for these girls to grow up in the spotlight and create a name for themselves outside their famous family?
You think it was easy for them to be taken seriously in one of the most cut-throat industries in the world?
You think juggling school, shooting a reality show, running a clothing line, walking in the world’s biggest runway shows, working out everyday, and walking in endless red carpet appearances isn’t considered hard work?
Oh, and they do this all while documenting every little detail on social media, because despite what older generations choose to believe, you literally cannot build a successful career in entertainment without it.
Because of the need to be on social media at all times, these girls face a level of stress that the older generation of models will never understand.
Sure, Stephanie Seymour and Rebecca Romijna, maybe at the beginning of your career you took the bus to go-see after go-see, praying to book even the smallest job. And maybe you didn’t have cell phones or GPS to help navigate around strange European cities when auditioning for fashion week around the world. And maybe you didn’t have social media to help kick-start your career- you had to actually “model” first and become famous second.
But guess how many eyes were on you, watching you and snapping photos as you rode in the back of that bus?
And guess how many blogs and gossip websites broadcast your fashion week audition tape, despite being “confidential?”
And guess how many followers sent you hateful comments as you stumbled through your first runway show or struggled to get your career off the ground?
And guess how many people cared WTF you looked like, who you hung out with, what you did, what you drank, what you ate, what you smoked, or what you snorted off the runway?
This shouldn’t be a competition of who had to work harder than who. The reality is that the internet and social media have changed the way the game is played. The younger generations are playing the game the only way they know how to, just like the older generations did back when they were entering the workforce. And that rings true for all Millennials from famous models to underpaid interns.
Millennials are not lazier, luckier, more entitled, or working any less hard than older generations did to build our careers.
We are just working differently.
So Stephanie Seymour and Rebecca Romijna, you can STFU and take a seat before I go Beyhive on Becky in your comment section, ok?