Naomi Campbell isn't getting involved in the whole "model wars" debate that made headlines over the summer. Instead, she's helping out the likes of Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, or as she calls them, the "Instagram girls."
"I think they're great. I know all of these young girls, Instagram girls, and they're all really respectful and sweet," the legendary supermodel told Remix magazine in ithe Icon Edition. "If I can ever help them, it's a pleasure for me to do that. I've helped a few of them with their walks."
Naomi is clearly taking the high road when some other legends of the catwalk have dismissed the newer generation of models.
"I think it is a change in the industry. It seems to be that there are so many more models now, and it is so much more competitive," she told the mag. "It just seems to be that they come in and out much faster. There is a group of girls, I think, that have staying power. I never thought I'd be doing it this long either."
The argument over whether women like Kendall and the Hadid sisters should be considered "supermodels" has many models divided, and a few aren't holding back their opinions.
Stephanie Seymour, one of several pretty faces who owned the 80s and 90s, refused to give the of-the-moment models much legitimacy, calling them "b------ of the moment."
"They are completely different than we were," Stephanie said. "Supermodels are sort of the thing of the past. They deserve their own title. [Kendall and Gigi] are beautiful girls, and I support all of them, but they need their own title."
Rebecca Romijn also threw similar shade at the young models, too.
"I know a lot of people — legitimate fashion people — can't stand it," she told Entertainment Tonight. "Hate it that these, you know, social media stars are now the supermodels in fashion. They are not true supermodels."
"... After all that hard work, dedication, sacrifice, sidewalk pounding, map folding, metro riding, model apartment living… after all the blood, sweat, fears and floods of tears… we finally were bestowed with the coveted title of Supermodel!" she wrote. "Fast forward to present day, and some of us are in a state of shock. We witness young girls on reality shows and super popular girls on social media now being called Supermodels and think, 'WHAT?! It's not fair! Is that kind of success even real?' I've gotta be blunt," she continued. "Yes. IT IS REAL."
From there, she explained the new kinds of pressures today's supermodels face -- from social media pressure to need to remain interesting -- on and off the catwalk to what it must be like to feel like "the world is watching your every move, judging whether or not you have acceptable personal style."
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