Kendall Jenner (Kardashian), 15, is a legit bikini model now: too young, or no big deal?

It bothers me that Kris Kardashian is starting to pimp out her two youngest daughters, Kylie and Kendall, from her current husband, Bruce Jenner. Both Kylie, 14, and Kendall, 15, have fledgling modeling careers, with Kylie modeling for Sears at 12 and doing sexy photo shoots when she was just 13 and Kendall doing inappropriate bikini photo shoots at 15 and modeling suggestively for commercial campaigns. Some people argue that models are usually this young when they start out and that it’s normal, but where Kris Kardashian is involved, I worry. Plus these girls star on a reality show, and they often hit the red carpet together looking very much like 20-something women. It seems like too much too soon, but that’s the Kardashians for you.

Anyway here’s more about Kendall’s career. She’s now modeling for an Australian bikini company, which make sense because she’s gorgeous and has legs up to there. Still, she’s fifteen! I know that’s typical for models but it bothers me. At least she turns 16 next month and doesn’t look emaciated or like she’s had a ton of plastic surgery like Ali Lohan.

She gave us a sneak peek at her shoot for Aussie swimwear brand White Sands in August, and now, Kim Kardashian‘s little sis Kendall Jenner is making waves with the official photos from the campaign.

In the images, shot in Los Angeles in July, Jenner channels a whimsical water nymph as she shows off the spring/summer 2012 collection of floral bikinis, deep cut maillots and caftans.

“The collection has both an ethereal and strong side and we wanted a model that could capture both,” designer Leah Madden tells PEOPLE. “As we were casting for the campaign we came across Kendall’s portfolio and loved her softness and strength. She actually made it to the top of our list before we knew her background!”

The 15-year-old continues to prove that she’s a pro when it comes to posing both in front of the camera and on the catwalk — she even made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week last month. “Kendall was a delight on set and a natural in front of the camera,” Madden adds of the model, who favored the floral prints and high-waisted bikinis — and even picked out some swimsuits to take home to her sisters.

[From People]

These aren’t string bikinis, but still. The mom in me wants to wipe the makeup off these girls and put them in cleats and soccer outfits. (They both do cheerleading at least.) I know I shouldn’t bother. They’re in this family, and this is all they’re ever going to know. According to this article, Kendall is even in on the family past time of scoring free swag.




These photos are from the launch of the Kardashian Kollection on 8/18/11. Credit: WENN and PRPhotos. Other photos credit White Sands via Celebrity Gossip.

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  1. teehee says:

    I just wish they werent chosen so young, just because its no representation of adult women- which is what women are for the rest of their life after they are 15. You know like for another 70 years or so.
    A woman of 30 coulnt look like that no matter how she tried!

  2. Kimbob says:

    Oh for the love of God….now we’re going to get bombarded by news of yet another Kardashian. Someone pass me some smelling salts before I hit the floor.

  3. MarenGermany says:

    you are never too young to be pimped out by a kardashian.

  4. Liz says:

    nope – playing it fast and loose with the word ‘legit.’

  5. Kirsten says:

    This is only an issue because people hate the Kardashians. She is the age of a normal model people! This is the age you have to get in the business if you want a career. I see nothing wrong with this.

  6. Quest says:

    Why don’t they just take up the name Kardashian instead of Jenner and let mamma Kris run with it. I feel sorry for the Jenner girls being pulled into the Krashdashian ways

  7. Incredulous says:

    Terry Richardson drops Lindsay Loherp so fast it beats neutrinos.

  8. Dee says:

    The reality is that is how old (or young, if you like) real models are- like it or not. Right now she looks more commercial than high fashion- but that’s just my opinion.

    This girl has the real stuff to be a model w/o the hype of sisters or momanger. The height and measurements are there and she is a naturally pretty girl. (Bruce Jenner makes good looking kids.)

  9. Audrey says:

    She’s not model material. If her name were not Kardashian she wouldn’t have that gig.

  10. Talie says:

    She’s essentially the same age all models start…there’s nothing terribly provocative about what she’s doing. Other girls in her age group like Karlie Kloss and Lindsey Wixson do far more for Euro magazines.

  11. Acorn Paste says:

    She doesn’t look like a typical Kardashian at all.

    But for the love of GOB, eat some burgers woman!

  12. Chris says:

    Hot! But I wish she weren’t related to that beast!

  13. GiGi says:

    Dear God… I’m twice her age and after nursing babies for many years, I am just jealous of her boobies. I remember firm tatas *sniff*

  14. Laurie M. says:

    I can see Kendall as a model whether she was a Kartrashian or not. Kylie is another story. She is NOT blessed with the model looks or being as photogenic as her one year older sister. If Kylie modeled for Sears, it MUST have been a part of the contract for the Karsashian clothing line.

  15. serena says:

    It doesn’t look right to me.

  16. RocketMerry says:

    Yes, girls start “modeling” at 12-13 nowadays in VERY inappropriate ways.
    Yes, that is how the image of little, ripe, barely developed bodies became attractive to modern masses.
    Yes, it is completely wrong for a “mother” to give permission for this sort of jobs.
    And yes, it is the Kardashian family: mom probably gives away condoms to her girls instead of cake!

  17. GiGi says:

    I’m iffy on whether this is inappropriate. I started working at 11 and it did give me an edge because I knew how to behave and be professional and because I was a minor I started working with an adult around. Which enabled me to really see the scabby people for what they were and not fall prey to them like some girls do have not been exposed to that scene.

    I think she’s probably pretty savvy and I don’t think Kris Jenner would ever allow anything untoward to go down. But I do see the point that this objectifies young girls and sets up unrealistic body image… two sides of the coin, I guess.

  18. Moi says:

    She’s a beautiful girl, and this is the age when most girls get into the business. Good luck to her.

  19. LIVEALOT says:

    lmao @ marengermany and agree @ laurie m.

    i think she is genuinely gorgeous and model material for sure! love the white bikini photo.

    she exhibits alot more class than the others.

  20. Sillyone says:

    Having a 14 year old daughter myself, there is nothing, I mean nothing hot or sexy about a 13, 14, or 15 year old. Hell there is nothing hot about a 16 or 17 year old. Cute? Sure..Hot!! Definitely not!

  21. Elleh says:

    We could debate whether or not 15 is too young to be sexually objectified by the modeling/fashion industry, but she is the standard age for models these days.

    Kendall does have a modeling “look” – but not a high fashion, runway look. She looks more like an atypical catalog model. Kylie, on the other hand, does not have the looks to be a model and any modeling gigs she gets is strictly because she’s a de facto Kardashian.

    The bathing suit photos don’t bother me in the modeling context. What truly bothers me is when I see Kendall and Kylie – 14 and 15 year old girls – mugging on the red carpet in skin tight, age inappropriate clothing, 5″ stilettos and caked-on makeup.

  22. Mary jones says:

    @gigi why are you commenting on a 15 year olds boobs? Sick. Your comment made me queasy.

  23. HannahF says:

    I’m old enough to remember when Bruce Jenner won his gold medal at the Olympics—a major achievement. It’s sad that your header has to have Kardashian in parenthesis. While Robert Kardashian was a very successful attorney his level of success paled in comparison to Jenner’s. And, of course, the Kardashian name made was made widely known by Kim and Kris. A gold medal in the decathalon and his progeny’s last name needs a parenthetical. Sad.

  24. Lynne says:

    I guess no option of college for the younger girls, momma Kris sees the opportunity to pimp and rake in her 10 %. I just hope her mother doesn’t plasticizer her to look like the older girls, with too much makeup and ‘tweaking’.

  25. grace says:

    I think the younger Jenner is more attractive. This girl has bad skin on her face and forehead. She needs to find a bottle of proactive.
    On the show, you can clearly see her oily pimply skin, the younger girl is so much cuter!

  26. GiGi says:

    @Mary Jones – Yes, my comment was *obviously* inappropriate and sexual… glad I made your morning.

    I was merely mourning the loss of my own young body and not, as you suggest, making a “sick” comment about Ms. Jenner. I’m no Roman Polanski, thank you very much.

  27. Lola says:

    It’s not her age. It’s the fact she isn’t attractive enough. Period. The end. Merely cute girls never make it into modeling- but for the name these two wouldn’t either.

  28. dorothy says:

    Kris is just doing for this daughter what any other stage mother, pimp, boss would do for their employee.

  29. Judy says:

    Kris is nothing but a PIMP. Too bad about Kendall missing her CHILDHOOD.

  30. rudypatudie says:

    Unquestionably the most attractive of the entire family. Far and away.

    BUT , too young. Yes..too young.

    Too child-porn seeming.

    15 year-olds should not be sexualized. It’s one of the big problems with our society these days. just my opinion.

  31. Nina says:

    Meh. This is not a big deal. I mean, go to the beach and look around: girls wear bikinis. And the swimsuits that Kendell is modeling in these pictures aren’t racy, nor are her poses provocative.

    It bothers me quite a bit how in this country (US), violence in the media is no big deal but anything having to do with sex or nudity raises the ‘WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!’ mentality. Society is basically raising girls to be embarrassed of their bodies; it’s just as damaging to our self-esteem as these notions of an emaciated girl with no curves being the feminine beauty ideal. I’m not saying that I think nine year old kids should be walking around dressed like strippers but there has to be a healthier state of being than ‘OMG COVER UP’.

  32. says:

    i dont see it as that big of a deal- she’s 15. 15 is almost 16 and 16 is almost 36, the way things are these days… not only that, but in all seriousnes, she’s modeling BATHING SUITS, not lingerie or something crazy like that. not only that, but the shots here are bright and airy and sunny and cute – she’s not being exploited or objectified or posing topless, she’s just in some cute bathing suits.

    also, being 30 now and having 2kids, i have learned a few hard lessons in life – one of which is that your body will never look better than it did when you were, like, 17-21 yrs old. it just won’t. your stomach will never be as flat, your skin will never be as elastic and smooth, your boobs will never be as perky, and you will also (at least for most people) never be as simply energetic and brave and excitable and ready to take on the world. you have to learn to “Strike While the Iron is Hot.” make that money while you can and get a good accountant and a great financial advisor….. and take plenty of pictures of yourself in that condition so when you are middle-aged, divorced, and have ungrateful little kids pulling on your arms and legs at every second of the day you will be able to look back and fondly remember what once was your body. and your kids will think it was amazing that you were so pretty, all kids get a kick out of seeing pictures of their moms when they were young and pretty and skinny!!!

  33. Happy21 says:

    @gigi and @maryjones…

    LOL, for starters the comment gigi made to me was not at all inappropriate. You don’t think that when this girl starts modeling people aren’t going to be commenting about her boobs? Puh-lease. The whole thing is sexually objectifying pretty much a child. We can comment on Ali Lohan’s breast implants but we can’t comment on a bikini models boobs? If it is too inappropriate then maybe Kendall Jenner should not be modeling bikinis which tend to show boobage!

    Sorry. Its not like gigi was talking about molesting the poor girl! Sheesh.

    As far as Kendall Jenner goes, her arms and collar bone gross me out. So frickin’ bony. Ew! And besides that she is not model material. I agree with whoever above said that she is only doing this because of who her family is. She’s average and there is nothing noteworthy about her appearance.

  34. TG says:

    @grace – I agree on the show you can see how bad her skin is, but that is probably just being a teenager, but I def do not think she is beautiful, though I agree she looks great in these photos. Also, if you watch carefully when they are in Bora Bora the Jenner girls wear bikini bottoms that do not cover their bum completely, which I think is inappropriate for their age. However, that being said if my daughter was 15 and looked like a model and wanted to do modeling I would totally let her do it. Why keep her from earning quick money now.

  35. carrie says:

    the major part of models started to work around 14 years old

  36. garvels says:

    She is cute but I wouldn’t call her high fashion or super model material..she doesn’t have the “it” factor. Although I am sure her pimp,E! channel and Ryan Seacrest will promote her like she is the next Cindy Crawford.

  37. velourazure says:

    i wonder if the older kardashians are jealous of the younger’s model-like physiques?

  38. missanne says:

    I dont know much about them, but that mom sure does make beautiful children.

  39. Chris says:

    I’m sorry, but this girl is full of sexuality, it’s nature at work.

  40. Original Tiffany says:

    @mouthlikeasailor, I love you!
    I grew up on the beaches of SoCal, and wore tiny bikinis all my life. I look back on pics of my cousins and I at the beach and we were so cute and slim and young. You never get that back. It was the norm then.
    These pics aren’t sexual and she is at model age. My girl is almost 14, and I just encouraged and gave her her first real bikini. Enjoy it now, she’s cute and innocent and looks great.
    No matter how much you work out, you’ll never be 16 again. I still wear a bikini, but those pics are golden to me now.
    The older girl is very commercial, not high fashion. Doubt she’ll ever get there. Momager gets them their gigs.

  41. says:

    lol@ #32- we were thinking and typing the exact same thing at the exact same time…. they’re bathing suits, people!

    i agree with the people who are saying she isn’t “high fashion” model material – she isn’t. but she definately is all-american-girl-next-door pretty……. and to her advantage, she had family that already had their foot thru the door to help her get these kinds of gigs, i hope she realizes how lucky she is on that front, i don’t know how many girls i knew from high school that wanted to be “a model.”it was ridiculous, you knew they weren’t going to make it, very few people just bust up onto the modeling scene.

    as long as she has a good work ethic, with that face&body and her name…. she’s going to keep landing jobs like this and will be able to have a nice little bank account for herself at an early age (as if she probably already doesn’t…who knows. i don’t know how generous big sis and mommy actually are when it comes to the $$$$)

  42. Orange Cone says:

    am I just inappropriate? it appears that she gets bikini waxed also?

  43. tracy says:

    She is a lovely girl, but I think 15 is too young.
    What I want to know is when is Kris Jenner going to admit that Khloe is Bruce Jenner’s daughter!! She looks nothing like a Kardashian. But she looks like Kylie and Kendall, they are all Amazons. I think she had an affair with Bruce, had Khloe, stayed with her husband had Rob. Things didn’t work out, they divorced, she married Bruce. It’s so obvious!

  44. mew says:

    I think there’s LOADS of 16 year old models and aspiring models, why would she be any different?

  45. luls says:

    I actually think the Jenner girls are WAY more attractive in the face AND body, than the Kartrashian whores. I can already see the older sisters being jealous of them in 5-10 years when the girls are at their peak and the KKs are fugly ageing housewives.

  46. Francesca says:

    Kendall is by far the most beautiful one of all them, which must really bug Kim in particular. Kendall is stunning and a true beauty; let’s hope she doesn’t succumb to plastic surgery any time soon…

  47. Green_Eyes says:

    I am saying this as a great aunt of a 15 yr old teen who has just endured a trial because the only father she has ever known threw away his marriage, life, high ranking top security military career, and my nieces innocence because he “was no longer attracted to my 42 yr old niece but found himself attracted to her 15 yr old daughter he has raised as his own since she was 3). He has a 10 yr old w/ my niece and she is shattered because she knows daddy did something bad to her sister but he’s her daddy..

    I blame the media, the fashion industry, the war, and yes the asshole.. My reasoning… The media (magazines etc) show these 12/13 yr old girls dressed as adults and some even look older than I do at 46..(I still look young for my age thank u daddy’s genes), they pose seductively and in sexual scenes and it’s look but don’t touch… (I was in the modeling world but didn’t start til I was 17, which in my day was young and now is old what kind of message is that). Then I blame the fashion industry as designers could very easily refuse to worl w/ anyone under 17 or 18 and set an example instead of feeding into some perverts fantasy.. Then the clothes they design for Tweens and teens are just too adult and seductive anymore (not all but some). Granted before my meds I would wear a tween size as an adult, but not many can so that excuse is bull. I have seen my great niece parade around in public places in a bikini w/ shorts so skimpy I don’t know why she bothered.. But they are the fashion..and they wear them so skin tight now w/ no upper undergarments. I blame the war as he had PTSD due to the number of secret missions he had to go in and clean up making sure no intelligence was left behind, I’m sure he has seen things that would make us hurl.. And I blame HIM for being a pervert and crossing a line. He admitted what he did, even admitted he looked forward to their runs as she always asked for leg rubs afterwards because she hurt (no matter how much he fought he claimed he would get a hard on every time but never act on it).

    Sexual crimes aren’t about sex, it’s about control. However, w/ the way these very young girls carry themselves, dress, and are glorified in magazines it does make me wonder why people don’t stop and think of how they are feeding into sexual predators fantasy’s and in a way saying..hey it’s ok..

    As for the Kardash girls… Mama Kris will make sure she pimps them out like she did Kim and the others.. Hope they are 21 before she has them in Playboy or have a very leaky sextape mishap…

  48. MJ says:

    Is it just me, or does the top photo look like they took Eric Bana’s head and tacked it onto a teenager’s body?

  49. smh says:

    can we have a 3rd option please (too fug?)

  50. MellaYellow says:

    Best looking girl out of that family to me. She looks like a model but she is too young in my opinion

  51. Kim says:

    To me personally to young but honeslty not to young in the business. I hate to say bad things abut young girls but this is all about her mom getting her the gig. She doesnt have the face to be a model but she has a great figure so bathingsuits should be ok.

  52. Kim says:

    I just noticed it she has breast implants!!! Good small size for her age and frame but still at 15??! Yikes!!! Their mother needs to be stopped. She cares only about money and fame and not her daughters health or emotional well being.

  53. Kim says:

    Gree eyes – I blame him period! Not the media, not the industry nothing but him being a complete pedophile scum bag! The media & how young girls dress & carry themselves doesnt create pedophiles. Now would i let my 15 yr old be in the industry NO because it is filled with sickos but they werent created by industry but vice versa – they purposely go into the industry knowing it will feed their sickness!

    I am sorry for your daughter and niece – they deserve MUCH better and I hope they threw him to the curb!

  54. crtb says:

    too young and too skinny

  55. Erinn says:

    @Green eyes
    If you say your great neice walks around in trampy clothes, that’s not the medias fault- that’s your neices for allowing her CHILD to walk around like someone in their 20s. She’s still young enough that her mother should be able to reign her in.

    Also, I really could have done without hearing about that, a little too much of an over share. You could certainly have gotten your point across without talking in such detail about the war vets sexual exploits with minors. I really didn’t need to hear about his boners. And I agree with Kim. It’s about him being a pedophile, not the war, or the media.

  56. Alix says:

    She’s a striking girl, especially when they pencil in the brows she’s unwisely overplucked. Back away from the tweezers, sweetie…

    Not for nothin’, but does Bruce Jenner have no cojones at ALL? Seems to me he could stand up and stop his girls from getting pimped out at such an early age.

  57. Acorn Paste says:

    Gigi, I’m glad you commented first regarding her twins. I noticed them and I’m jealous of them too, but I don’t want to say it here because someone might take it the wrong way!

  58. Estella says:

    She’s the prettiest of the bunch and looks naturally thin. I love the bikinis and the black and white dress. If that is part of the Sears collection I may have to stop by and see the softer side.

  59. Annie says:

    @Mary jones
    Judge much?!
    I thought gigi’s comments were harmless reminiscing of her once bouyant boobies…frankly I think your spin on it was creepy and one that reflects poorly on you!

  60. Cherry Rose says:

    I just find it sad that no one in this family seems to want to go to college, or pursue a career out of the spotlight. But of course, Kris would never allow that. She’s got to make her 10%.

    As for Kendall and these photos, she looks good. Not a great beauty or anything, but she definitely could work as a model. Now the youngest Jenner girl, Kylie, she definitely is not model material. Any modeling gigs she gets will be because of being a Jenner/”Kardashian”. And those won’t be lasting long when the public gets bored of that family and no one is interested in them anymore.

    As for Bruce, do you really think he has any say? I’ve seen the show enough that Kris completely ignores anything that Bruce wants or says. I don’t even know why he bothers speaking, as no one seems to care about his opinions or thoughts.

  61. ZenB!tch says:

    Unlike her stepsisters she and her sister are beautiful girls (naturally, I hope). Kendall is much too thin. I’m not sure if it’s because she is a very tall 15 year old or because she is too thin (not eating).

    I want to scream but when I was her age, I remember being introduced to 12 year old covergirl Milla Jovovich. At least she’s a teen. I also remember 14 year old Niki Taylor from when I was about 18. However, I do not know if Milla or Niki were modeling anything “sexy” or if it was just clothes. They were covergirls so it was just faces.

  62. blasted1 says:

    Holy cow! Am I the only jerk on here that thinks she looks like Winona Ryder’s love-child?????

  63. LuckyLilGem says:

    she’s gorgeous. what a blessed family- moola, brains, and good looks.

  64. Mnj says:

    I dont understand ppl if you hate somebody you critisize them on what dey do but if you love them you praise dem. Ex. Anjelina jolie was livin with her bf at 13 and started modeling at 15 amd separated from her bf at 16 I think im not sure and lived by herself at 16. Ok so the kardashians are modelin in bikini at 15 oh wow its bad for dem. Wtf is dia shit

  65. Jayna says:

    I don’t see anything wrong. Tyra Banks started young. Christy Brinkley was very young. I wouldn’t want it for my child, but won’t judge others as long as they aren’t ignoring school.

  66. Snappyfish says:

    She is lovely & NOT a kardashian. Kylie is also quite lovely but not as pretty as Kendall. Don’t do these girls the disservice of calling them Kardashians. They are Jenners & from what I can tell BRUCE has done a nice job of raising them on his ken while their mother whores out the family

  67. Chris says:


    Those don’t mean crap unless you have a soul…and none of them have one anymore…they sold it for reality TV…besides which one has brains????

  68. tsktsk says:

    Models start young and she isn’t wearing anything inappropriate. She is actually really pretty. The youngest one is another story.

  69. mrsezc says:

    at least Kris isn’t making her get plastic surgery enhancements like mrs. lohan

  70. DetRiotgirl says:

    @CherryRose The one with the kid attended university, and has a degree. I’ve long maintained that going to college doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you won’t still be an idiot four years later, and I present Kourtney Kardashian as my exhibit A.

  71. JaneWonderfalls says:

    Well at least she does not have a sex tape, and like someone said 14-16 is usually the age girls began modeling. I think that Kris Jenner is an opportunist parent she chooses the business over what actually is in the best interest of all her kids. But I don’t see anything wrong with this, she looks nice and tasteful.

  72. trh says:

    @greeneyes – TLDNR

  73. Auds says:

    She is lucky she inherited the genes from her father’s side and hasn’t inherited the Kardashian arse – that no amount of surgery can enhance (or minimise).

  74. Cerulean says:

    Cute girl. Ugly on the inside family.
    Teen model but don’t see high fashion or anything beyond 17 magazine. Which is ok. As long as she doesn’t take it too seriously she could have a little fun and put money aside for the eventual life long therapy she will need to overcome her twisted, dysfunctional, fame whoring family.

  75. Robocop says:

    Just an ordinary looking teen to me. Empty brown eyes, bland bone structure and a skinny body. What she does have is really bad skin for a model. As most have said, she’d never get this gig without her pimp momager. She should be a spokesperson for Pro-Active, not running around in skimpy bathing suits.

  76. NancyPants says:

    Oh, please, gorgeous!! Nothing against this kid, but she’s so run-of-the-mill. Just walk around any mall and you’ll see thousands of these teens bopping around — and a hell of them a lot more attractive than her. And what’s with those thick, Groucho Marx eyebrows she’s supporting. Oh, that’s right, they have to Kardashian her up. Next comes the T&A implants!!

  77. kangzay says:

    She is really beautiful and suitable in wearing any dress or just wearing’s really amazing view!

  78. Freakieness says:

    Second pic reminds of a young Wynona Ryder

  79. The dude says:

    The more sexy 15 year olds the better

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