Designer Donatella Versace attends the 2009 Whitney Museum Gala at The Whitney Museum of American Art on October 19, 2009 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Donatella admired the ego of model Kristen McMenamy.
If there's one thing lacking in the fashion industry these days, believes Donatella Versace, it's ego.
The famously blonde and tanned fashion designer says she thinks the current crop of nameless models lack the personality and egos of the supermodels who came before them. Donatella told LOVE magazine, "There is not enough ego! Now is a bad moment. They are like robots. Now we need something. We need a special personality. We need to feed the egos of these girls. Somebody like Kristen McMenamy who had a huge ego. Beautiful."
Essentially, Versace misses the good old days, when high-profile women like Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell demanded huge salaries to pose and walk. "When a new girl came along, oh my God, it was like a war. Like Kate, she was 16 the first time I booked her for Avedon, and she was put among all of these monsters, these big girls like Linda [Evangelista] and Kristen. And she was just 16. She was like this, 'Can I go out and buy cigarettes?' 'No, sit there - I will get you cigarettes!' "