Models defend Helena Christensen after ex-Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman shames her for 'tacky' outfit

Olivia Petter

Hollywood actors and models have spoken out in support of Danish supermodel Helena Christensen after former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman criticised her for wearing a black bustier.

The 50-year-old model wore the black lace bodice with a pair of high-waisted jeans to Gigi Hadid’s 24th birthday party in New York on 22 April.

Writing in her column for the Mail on Sunday last week, Shulman, 61, described the look as “tacky” and urged Christenen to “call time on Ann Summers style, a look, incidentally, that no stylish young woman would dream of wearing”.

Shulman, who left British Vogue in the summer of 2017 after 25 years at the helm, went on to suggest that the supermodel might’ve been “panicked” when choosing an outfit in fitting with the party’s denim theme “and thought that turning up as the madam in a one-horse town would fit the bill”.

“Something you wore at 30 will never look the same on you 20 years later,” she concluded. “Clothes don’t lie”.

Christensen responded by posting a photo of herself with Tali Lennox and Camilla Staerk at Hadid’s party on Instagram, writing: “Let’s continue to elevate and support each other, all you beautiful, smart, fun, sexy, hard working, talented, nurturing women out there #oopssheworeabustieragain”.

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Actor Julianne Moore and models Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell were among those to leave comments of support underneath the image, with Campbell describing Shulman’s jibe as “a cheap shot”.

“She has no right or claims to be writing such a ridiculous article,” Campbell continued, “I’ve known you 30 years and whatever you wear, you wear it well with class and dignity!!”

Shulman’s successor at Vogue, Edward Enninful, also left a comment on the image, writing: “you are BEAUTIFUL inside and out”.

It's not the first time Shulman has been called out for controversial comments. In November 2017, she told The Guardian that putting a black face on the cover of Vogue meant "you would sell fewer copies".

"I was judged by my sales," she said. "That was my remit. My chief remit was not to show ethnic diversity as a policy.”