Models: differences between ” super models ” and ” instamodels"

For a couple of years, some of the most iconic models of the nineties (who were named “supermodels” at the time) have thrown some hints and negative comments towards the most popular models of the moment; stars like Naomi Campbell have openly criticized celebrities who dabbled in the world of fashion due to their popularity on social media and purchasing power (such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne O Hailey Baldwin).


What is a “super model?

The definition of the term “super model” is not very clear. According to the internet: “a super model is one or a very well paid model, who enjoys worldwide fame thanks to her physical beauty.”

The term began to be used in the 90s to name the most important figures in the medium, such as Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Mila Jovovich or Heidi Klum.

One of the main differences that have been highlighted between “instamodels“and” super models “is the work that it cost them to reach the top, in addition to the professionalism with which each one models.

While the term supermodel seems to be more of an exclusive group that only forty-something girls can pass to, it is true that the hard work of each of them made them deserve that title.

Cindy Crawford is considered one of the great models of the 1980s and 90s who revolutionized the world of fashion. FILE / THE INFORMANT

Naomi Campbell has been a prominent British supermodel both on the runway and in print advertising since the late 1980s. FILE / THE INFORMER

What is an “insta model”?

The term “instamodel” was recently created in a pejorative way to describe the most popular models of the moment, who entered the world of fashion when they were already famous and millionaires.

Personalities such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin owe their fortune mainly to being born into famous and millionaire families, and The fact that they star in fashion weeks is attributed by many to their huge number of followers and not so much to their skills in the world of modeling.

While it is true that it was much easier for them to reach the top, Kendall Jenner has defended herself arguing that times have changed and that the fact that this group of young people star on the catwalks does not take anything away from the icons of the 90s .

Supermodel Cindy Crawdord has sided with young women, also due to her being the mother of young model Kaia Gerber.

Kendall Jenner has almost 200 million followers on Instagram and in 2017 she became the highest paid model in the world. AFP


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  • Naomi Campbell
  • Cindy Crawford
  • Bella Hadid
  • Gigi Hadid
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Fashion

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