Supermodels stand by 50-year-old Helena Christensen after ex-Vogue editor shames her outfit

Alexandra Shulman, the former editor ofBritish Vogue, is being criticised by members of the fashion industry for calling 50-year-old model Helena Christensen 'too old' to wear a strapless bustier.

"We might like to think that 70 is the new 40 and 50 the new 30 but our clothes know the true story," wrote the 61-year-old journalist and author, who was at the helm of the fashion publication for 25 years.

Shulman made the controversial judgment call in her Mail on Sunday column, in an opinion piece entitled, "I'm sorry Helena Christensen, you are too old to wear that".

Alexandra Shulman's comments about Helena Christensen have been met with controversy. [Photo: Getty]

Shulman questions why "stylishly understated" Christensen wore a "tacky, black lace bustier" for fellow model Gigi Hadid's 24th birthday party.

The piece also reflects on the perception of older women's bodies as "disturbing".

"When women's bodies no longer serve any child-bearing purpose, we find flaunting them disturbing and slightly tragic. I don't claim that this is fair. But it's true."

The supermodel appears to have indirectly responded to Shulman's comments on her Instagram account, posting a photo of herself wearing the top and asking women to "continue to elevate and support each other".

Fashion industry names including fellow supermodels Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista have since rushed to Christensen's defence in the comments section below the post.

"She has no right or claims to be writing such a ridiculous article," wrote Campbell. "I've known you 30 years and whatever you wear, you wear it well with class and dignity!!"

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"She should be ashamed of herself. You are a goddess," added Evangelista.

"You are BEAUTIFUL inside and out," wrote current British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.

"U always do, my beautiful friend," wrote actor Julianne Moore.

Fashion designer Roger Loayza also took to Instagram to say he was "disappointed" by Alexandra Shulman's column.

WHAT MADONNA HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT SINCE THE 90s/DE LO QUE VIENE HABLANDO MADONNA DESDE LOS AÑOS 90. Please take a minute to read the text from the original post further down. EN ESPAÑOL: La ex editora de Vogue, #AlexandraShulman decidió criticar el outfit que utilizó la modelo de madre #peruana #HelenaChristensen para asistir al cumpleaños de su amiga #GigiHadid. Lo que sorprende de la crítica es que haya dicho que su look no era para alguien de su edad, sobre todo viniendo de otra mujer que trabaja en la industria de la moda y que es consciente de la constante batalla con la que deben lidiar si "osan" salirse de los parámetros que como sociedad creamos. Increíble. #Repost @gavin_myall ・・・ "I'm sorry Helena you ARE too old to wear this" Today @alexandrashulman decided as a woman and an ex Vogue Editor that it was correct to make judgement on my client and family member @helenachristensen for wearing this fabulous outfit to Helena's friend @gigihadid birthday. It is both wrong and incredibly damaging for someone to feel that can pass judgement on what is "age appropriate" ageism in all and any forms is wrong: and as someone who has worked in this industry for over 20 years: managing @evaherzigova @naomi @claudiaschiffer I am so disappointed that a woman has written such utter nonsense. @alexandrashulman trying to now pass this off as something you wrote to start discussion is total rubbish: you wrote it as a quick tabloid win. @helenachristensen looks stunning, as always.

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