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Rebecca Romijn Says Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid 'Not True Supermodels'

Former supermodel Rebecca Romijn doesn't think much of Gigi Hadid (photosGigi Hadid photos) and Kendall Jenner (photosKendall Jenner photos) and their rapid rise to the runway.

Romijn, now 43, says she doesn't share the belief that a large social media presence or a reality show can make a successful model.

"No one has proven yet that numbers of followers translates to revenue," she tells ET. "So it is frustrating."

"I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can’t stand it," she explains. "Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels."

Romijn blames magazines like Vogue for jumping on the bandwagon.

"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."

Although the former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model was more inclusive of Ashley Graham, who was the first plus size model to be in the issue.

"Ashley Graham is one of the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on," she says.

"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."

April 27, 2016 |

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