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Stephanie Seymour credits Azzedine Alaia with her supermodel status

Stephanie Seymour credits Azzedine Alaia with her supermodel status

Stephanie Seymour is convinced Azzedine Alaia helped her achieve supermodel status by boasting about her bottom.

The 48-year-old began her modelling career at the age of 16 but didn't reach supermodel heights until the late '80s and early '90s when she posed for magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and Playboy, pictured by famed photographers like Herb Ritts and Mario Testino.

Stephanie puts this success down to Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer Azzedine, who she believes helped her rise to supermodel level by bragging about her butt to his fellow designers when they questioned her ability to strut her stuff on the runway.

“Azzedine has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure,” she told Surface magazine. “At the first show I did for him in Paris, he... wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends, Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘But she has such a great ass!'"

Stephanie got in hot water earlier this year (16) when she said that the term supermodel doesn't really suit the new breed of catwalk stars, such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. She said they aren't "supermodels" in the same way legends such as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Claudia Schiffer were.

“Supermodels are sort of the thing of the past. (Kendall and Gigi) are beautiful girls, and I support all of them, but they need their own title," she told Vanity Fair magazine before suggesting a more fitting title would be “B**ches of the moment!”

Kendall and Gigi's mum Yolanda Foster hit back at Stephanie who later apologised on Instagram: “Having been in the business over 20 years I know how hard these women work. Bravo to both Gigi and Kendall for their success!! @gigihadid @kendalljenner.”

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