Remember when Stephanie Seymour got dragged for dismissing Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner as not worthy of the supermodel title? Well, it's happening again—though this time, admittedly, to a lesser degree.
Model Gisele Bündchen is apologizing after insinuating that she is older and wiser than the Instagram-era of models. It all happened after she landed one of the most prestigious coups in the fashion world: the cover of Vogue. Of course, this isn’t her first time to do so—she’s graced the magazine’s glossy façade 11 times prior in the US alone.
She’s one of few models whose covers have hit double-digits, but Gisele’s accustomed to standing out among her competition—in fact, by her approximations, she’s not a model at all. “I’m not a model,” she tells the magazine in its July 2018 issue. “Modeling is a job that I do, a career that I’ve had. It allowed me to see the world, and I was well paid for it. But it never defined me.”
And oh, it’s not purely philosophy that separates her from the sample size crowd: guys, she doesn’t understand social media.
Her younger sister created the 37-year-old’s 14.6 million strong Instagram account and often nudges the supermodel to post photos of herself. “If it was me, it would only be pictures of sunsets,” Bündchen admits of her feed. “It’s not my generation—I have to be honest about that. I’m older, wiser. If I had to promote myself in the way girls modeling now have to do, forget it. I wouldn’t do it,” she continued.
Within hours of the Gisele’s cover story going live online, the mother of two returned to the social vortex to apologize for her seemingly disparaging comments on Instagram-era models.
“I’m sorry that my words in my most recent Vogue article were misunderstood,” she wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “My intention was simply to express that I come from an older generation and am not technologically savvy. I admire the younger generation and their skill to manage all the added demand of social media. I certainly never feel that I am wiser than anyone, and I believe that we are all learning.”
Nice of her apologize, but I think her preface of the story as her “most recent Vogue article” kind of says it all. With life experience (and multiple Vogue covers) comes wisdom, no?