Battle Of The Models
By Jessica Raye
I was recently thinking about the fun little clash between the trendy gorgeous models and the cutting edge editorial models.
Ok there are two groups of trending BFF’s. On one side there’s Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner, and on the other side you have Binx Walton and Lexi Boling. You may never have heard of them but Vogue Magazine has dubbed the two best friends and roommates “the resident cool kids of the fashion industry” then even mused that the duo could be the next Shalom Harlow and Amber Valleta.
Binx and Lexi are anti establishment models in terms of their awkward originality and angst but make no mistake they’re working for all of the big names, including Chanel, Tom Ford, Vionnet, Coach, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger.
Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner come from a popular world of commercialism. Hadid and Jenner’s families both have reality show fame and Delavigne’s social escapades are written about in the gossip pages daily. These girls are the popular celebrity dating sexy ones. Hadid was recently in Sports Illustrated Swimwear edition.
Models are all beautiful but have you ever noticed there’s a difference between the editorial high fashion models and the sexy high fashion models. Sexy ones would include people like Joan Smalls and Candace Swanepoel.
Then there are the atypical editorial beauties like Lily Cole and Saskia de Brauw.
Then there are the models that are unusual but still sexy like Lara Stone. Her gapped teeth and large head make her look almost otherworldly but that body is as sexy as it gets.
Of course there is always the queen of everything Gisele Bundchen who is sexy, editorial, commercial, and and and …
Anyway going to back to the battle of the models, we think there’s tension between the sexies and the editorials. Check out the harassment of Kendall Jenner at the fashion weeks.
Jenner has walked for Oscar de la Renta, Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Dona Karan and Diane von Furstenberg so far at Lincoln Center. Models were upset that Jenner got into the fashion world so easily because of her reality show stardom whereas they have had to work extremely hard to book jobs. Its been rumored that Jenner has been bullied with people anonymously putting cigarette butts in her water.
After the Marc by Marc Jacobs show, which Jenner walked, Lexi Boling tweeted, “The season of the entitled,” which many believe was in reference to Jenner.
Then there was the bad picture of Kendall Jenner backstage at a fashion show. Boling made a snide joke about it to point out how bad the photo was, commenting, “she’s never looked better” but with a laughing-through-tears emoji. Binx Walton responded with her own comment, writing “that’s f**ked up” paired with laughing emojis as well.
The comments have since been deleted after Jenner fans quickly came to her defense. The girls then said that they didn’t mean it later.
But as Walton and Boling have admitted they relish in the quirky outsider personas that they have. Binx’s name was actually a nickname after Jar Jar Binx, the gangly lizard character from Star Wars. Boling was sometimes teased in high school due to her thin frame and early growth spurt, while Walton went through racial slights growing up in Tennessee.
“The models who grow up awkward and loser-y and just getting made fun of are the ones with the most character,” says Walton. “They know how to handle it. The ones that were bullied are the funniest ones because they have a comeback for everything. But if they are a popular girl and have someone like cussing them out, they don’t know what to say because it never happened before.”
They’ve mentioned that they don’t want Instagram pages like Kate Upton. Instead the duo captures themselves in more undone moments: middle fingers raised in the air; trays of room-service food scattered before them with the caption “Banned from the hotel”; faces covered in temporary tattoos.
Let us know which models you relate with most?