Kendall Jenner is ‘aggressively managed,’ according to a sad NYT profile

Kendall Jenner

For some strange reason, the New York Times has profiled Kendall Jenner, but I won’t waste much time wondering why this has happened. Clearly, Kris Jenner has pulled some strings, but I don’t see the point in holding anything against Kendall for being the recipient of this honor. Then again, I often find myself turning a sympathetic ear to Kendall, who genuinely appears to be the only member of the Kardashian Klan who seems quite sad and only wants to be left alone. Sure, she’s young and sometimes says somewhat silly things because that’s what kids her age do, and I think it’s well worth acknowledging that she’s under the thumb of a momager who does not hesistate to sexualize her and views her own daughters largely as a commodity.

Further, I do think that Kendall does have a pretty good shot at a real modelling career. Her Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Miss Vogue photoshoots do show some promise. That is, if Kendall can manage to stay sane enough to reach adulthood without being warped by the Kardashian empire. Here’s the NYT profile, which I’ve edited down substantially. Poor Kendall sounds like a programmed robot, and it reminds me of another notorious celebrity interview that I’ll discuss afterward:

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner seemed stilted, perhaps because she was being aggressively managed.

Sitting in a small suite at a Midtown hotel, the 17-year-old was fidgeting her way through interview after photograph after interview, helped along by a roomful of zealous publicists and handlers.

“I think you always talk about how appreciative you are,” one of her publicists said.

“Yeah, how appreciative I am,” Ms. Jenner said, plucking at her tights.

“And that you enjoy the life you have,” the publicist said.

“I enjoy the life I have,” Ms. Jenner said, zipping and unzipping a sofa cushion.

Her father is Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist. Her mother is Kris Jenner, formerly Kris Kardashian, which makes Kendall and her 15-year-old sister, Kylie, the half-siblings of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney. It also makes Kendall next in line for stardom on the family’s series, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which returned for its eighth season on E! last Sunday.

A grade-schooler when the reality show first appeared in 2007, Ms. Jenner made only brief appearances for the first few seasons. But in 2011, the network broadcast “Kendall’s Sweet 16,” a special that showed her attending her birthday party and getting her driver’s license. Since then, she has shown up more frequently in the series. “I don’t know any different,” she said of growing up on TV. Still, she added: “I don’t want to be a big part of the show. Neither does my little sister, only because we want for a little while to keep our somewhat normal lives.”

In a 2011 episode called “Kim Becomes a Stage Mom,” Ms. Jenner headed to New York for a gig modeling prom dresses, only to storm out of a runway coaching session after her half-sister pushed too hard. “I was just like, I don’t know,” Ms. Jenner said, explaining her behavior. “My sister was being kind of annoying, and I was just overwhelmed.”

Ms. Jenner is represented by Wilhelmina Models, though most of her jobs have been relatively minor and commercial. She was on the cover of American Cheerleader in June 2011 and, with Kylie, on the cover of Seventeen last September. She has posed in bobby socks and rompers for Forever 21. She and her sister also modeled for their own clothing line, Kendall & Kylie — a collaboration with PacSun that includes distressed-denim shorts and studded backpacks.

But her fashion profile has been on the rise recently. In November, she appeared on the cover of Miss Vogue, an offshoot of Vogue Australia, photographed by Mr. James in a backless black dress and Nicholas Kirkwood platform stilettos. In April, she wore Marc Jacobs on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia; in May, it was Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors in Cosmopolitan. “I hope to do more,” she said.

Bruce and Kris Jenner, married since 1991, are the subject of tabloid divorce rumors in part fueled by a story line on the show. On last week’s season premiere, Ms. Jenner appeared briefly to discuss the state of her parents’ marriage.

In the suite, in a rare unrehearsed moment, she said of the divorce rumor, “It’s just stupid; that’s not true. I don’t feel anything about it,” Ms. Jenner said. “It doesn’t hurt me. It’s not something that gets to me. I know the truth. I live with my parents, and I know what’s going on —–”

Her publicist made a surreptitious cutting motion with her hand.

Ms. Jenner stopped talking and resumed shredding a loose Kendall & Kylie hangtag she had discovered nearby. Soon afterward, she pleaded hunger and left to join Kylie, waiting in another room. She left behind her handlers and a small pile of torn cardboard.

[From New York Times]

You know, this is kind of an eerie piece by the NYT, and it’s rather subversive that this particular paper would print a piece that criticizes a celebrity’s handlers. Clearly, Kendall is not enjoying herself here even if she can’t quite admit it yet. I am seeing some definite similarities to — wait for it — Katie Holmes infamous August 2005 cover story with W magazine. Katie had brought along a Scientologist chaperone, and the entire interview consisted of robotic, rehearsed statements such as “Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase,” “Tom is the most incredible man in the world,” and “It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be with him.” And we all know how the brainwashing of Katie turned out, don’t we? Kendall needs to stand up to her handlers, and when she turns 18, I’d love to see her stand up to Kris Jenner.

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Kendall Jenner

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  1. JenD says:

    After reading that interview, I feel sorry for her. She sounds pretty unhappy and uncomfortable.

    • Haey says:

      Actually she is an ungrateful unappreciative child.I feel sorry for children in Syria .. not a kardashian with first world problems

      • Annie says:

        Some people’s empathy is not limited. You can care about various people, especially those who are sexualized by their own parents.

      • Steph says:

        Haey – take it down a notch. Yes of course there are bigger problems in the world but that doesn’t mean someone can’t feel sympathy for this girl. Get a grip or get off the gossip site.

      • Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

        @Haey Here’s what I think – you can be sorry for the children in Syria and you can be a little bit sorry for someone like Kendall. Sympathy is not something you’re only allowed to give out in certain doses, my biggest problem with the Kardashian clan is the evil mastermind Kris. If her daughters are vapid and shallow, she has had a huge part to play in their lives so she must have contributed hugely to that. And yes, you’re right, she is to some extent ungrateful because if she could spend even a few minutes with kids in Syria, she might look differently at her circumstances and do better with what she’s been given (which is a lot!) – she’s still very young though so I think it’s good to keep that in mind. Anyways, rant over, you can do whatever/feel however you want, just thought I’d say that.

      • emmie_a says:

        I feel sorry for Kendall for because she wants to be left alone and be a teenager but her mother only sees dollar signs and won’t let her do that. And I feel sorry for you Haey because you seem very angry and resentful and incredibly compartmentalized. Just because I have sympathy for Kendall doesn’t mean I don’t allow sympathy for others suffering.

      • TG says:

        What are you even doing on a gossip site? Shouldn’t you be solving world problems right now rather than reading a site called Celebitchy? I feel sorry for lots of people or feel bad for them and some of them live in the US.

      • dagdag says:

        Well, I don´t feel an ounce of sympathy for this young woman. She is old enough to show responsibility and make her own decisions.

      • kim says:

        Agree. If she wanted to be alone she’d not model. She would stand her ground, even as a child. A teenage girl not throwing a fit? If anything she just doesn’t want her mom on her case which is normal mom/daught stuff x100 in their case.

      • LOL says:


        People take so much energy for these kardashians that they forget about the kids suffering around the world

        PMK is making sure of that haha… more money for her .. less for the world.

        and before you cry to me about them donating for charity.. take a look at these..

        Oh and the recent khloe charity scam

      • jwoolman says:

        If money and material things guaranteed happiness, no rich kid would ever commit suicide. But they do. A poor kid in Calcutta may actually have a much better family situation than Kendall. Poverty does not automatically mean unhappiness. But having a cold-hearted manipulator for a mother whose solution to school stress due to missed classes is to take you out of school entirely, a “yes, dear” father who caves in to the latter, and a narcissistic sister like Kim trying to control her professionally – that causes huge problems. Hopefully Kendall is able to hang in there by remembering that soon she will be able to make her own decisions and get away from those people. (That’s what got me through adolescence…)

        I don’t see how Kim or the other K sisters can help her with modeling. None of them know how to stand properly, much less walk properly. I’ve never understood why someone hasn’t pointed out their posture problems and tried to correct them, if they’re trying to pass themselves off as professionals.

      • Alexandra says:

        As everyone else you are free to your opinion, unlike the people in Syria. However this is a gossip blog for entertainment away from real life

      • UsedToBeLulu says:

        I have enough sympathy to go around. Misery is relative.

        I’ve changed my handle btw. Too many Lulus were showing up here!

      • minamka says:

        I agree 100%.. people are pouring sympathy in the wrong direction these days.. With all the miseries happening in the world, they are concentrating on celebrities only and ignoring everything else ..

      • LaurieH says:

        Haey, because you obviously have internet access, an electronic device and time on your hands to post on a gossip website, I’m pretty sure you’re better off than the kids in Syria too. So does that mean that you’ve never complained about anything in your life? Because if you have, then you’ve met your own definition of “ungrateful and unappeeciative”. And that would make you a hypocrite.

    • Tapioca says:

      And yet she has CHOSEN a modeling career, a job that is 100% media attention. And CHOSEN to go to the Kid’s Choice Awards and tweet pictures of herself and her sisters and CHOSEN to be part of the reality shows.

      And it is a CHOICE, for Kris Jenner may be the Devil’s vessel on this Earth and Bruce may be seriously under the thumb, but if Kendall GENUINELY wanted out you know her dad would fight tooth and nail for her. He’s the olympic champion from the Wheaties box for chrissakes!

      • emmie_a says:

        I totally disagree. You have obviously never been under the spell of a incredibly controlling parent. She is doing what she things her mother wants her to do. She is RESPECTING her mother’s (warped) wishes. That is different that choosing to follow her heart.

      • Soapboxpudding says:

        It is not that simple – doing so would mean completely refuting her family and calling upon a lot of confidence and assertiveness that she has in all likelyhood never been allowed to develop and certainly hasnt been modelled to her. Kris seems like a bully and who knows what type of emotional/mental abuse she heaps on those kids. How many people are willing to completely break from the only life they’ve ever known? Very few…I know a few ex-Mormons who did it at great personal cost. Worthwhile? Definitely but by no means an easy road.

      • Diana says:

        I think there is a difference between enjoying some small perks of fame and wanting a modeling career (which, let’s be honest, is less attention than any of the K sisters are getting) — rather than having your entire life broadcast and controlled by a frightening momager. And from what I’ve seen of space cadet Bruce, he seems firmly enmeshed in the empire.

      • HappyMom says:

        She’s a child, so her “choosing” to do something is completely different than an adult making a decision. She’s still at an age where she’s trying to please her parents, and clearly this is making her mother very happy.

    • PinkG says:

      Just another, “feel sorry for me” PMK made up story line. If she wants to be left alone, why is she hanging out with Justine and Jaden Eyebrows?

      • Jenny says:

        I don’t think she is; pretty sure that’s the other sister.

      • Tapioca says:

        Jenny is correct – it’s Kylie who’s “dating” Jaden Smith.

        Kendall looks like she’s so far refused PMK a PR hook-up, which maybe suggests she could refuse to do a lot of the other stuff too, if she really wanted to?

      • PinkG says:

        Oh my bad. This is the one who is known to text and drive.

  2. marie says:

    I’m waiting for a “Mommy Dearest” type book from her, I feel sorry for that girl.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I do too, and I normally loathe anything even remotely Kardashian-related. There’s something about her that makes me want to wrap her up in a soft blanket and give her a cup of tea, lol.

      • Erinn says:

        OMG, I was just thinking the same thing. I just want to protect her. I know to a degree she chooses her life. But I don’t know if it’s her full choice. I think she’s pressured to live a certain way, and it’s clear this child isn’t very happy.

        I used to think she was just as bad as the others but the more we hear about her, the more I feel sorry for her.

  3. Latisse says:

    Eh. You know what, I’m not ne of those people that think celebrities should never ever complain OR ELSE. But here’s what I’ll say about Kendall, she’s really really young now and has led a fairly sheltered life so she just doesn’t get how the world is, that’s not her fault, she can’t.

    But the fact of the matter is, she wants to be a model and without the Kardashian fame and ‘evil Kris Jenner’ it is likely she would never get even 2% of the amount of opportunities and attention that she is getting now.

    So I get that she is young and can not comprehend how amazing it is that she gets to so easily pursue her dreams with all roadblocks cleared for her by virtue of the Kardashian name and I don’t blame her for that. But I don’t feel sorry for her either. She should be grateful.

    She doesn’t understand how special her life is now but if in 10 years I’m still reading tweets from her complaining about her tough life or hearing about episodes in which she storms out of AMAZING JOB OPPORTUNITIES because her sister is being “annoying”, THEN I’ll judge her.

    • Leah says:

      I am not sure it was her wish to be a model. I watched that episode (yes i must have been bored shame on me) where they go to nyc for her to sign with an agency and the girl didnt want to, she literally walked out and cried. But Kim K and Kris Jenner kept pressurising her. Kim K was literally drafted in to talk her into it. The kid was what? 14 or 15 at the time? I think she is doing it so her mother will be happy with her. What kid doesnt want to please their parent and older sister?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        But that show is SCRIPTED. There are writers. They add drama. They write a narrative, and this story is a continuation of that. They are manipulating you.

      • Leah says:

        Well if she is able to cry on cue maybe she should become an actress instead. Lol!
        Look I know it is scripted to an extent but she has said several things in interviews that points to her not enjoying it or being ambivalent about everything. Point is that kids who grow up with very ambitious parents are pressurised. they learned that they are rewarded with parents love and attention if they comply with parents wishes. If she was growing up in academic family she would get rewarded for doing well in school. But in this particular family its fame and money thats valued above all. She is a young kid she is not fully developed as a person. There is no doubt that having Pimpmama kim as a mother is part of the deal here. Hell Pimpmama even rules her 32 year old daughters life so what makes you think her 17 year old is able to withstand the pressure?

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “Well if she is able to cry on cue maybe she should become an actress instead.”

        They use cry sticks. A cry stick is like a chapstick or lip balm that has menthol-like vapors. When you apply it under your eyes, the vapors rise up and make you tear up. In Kim’s divorce hearing the producers testified that they used a cry stick for her reaction to the divorce. Smoke and mirrors.

    • Lee says:

      I do agree with you that, if her dream is to be a model, she is provided many more opportunities than she ever would if she weren’t under Kris’ thumb. But at the same time, maybe that wouldn’t even be her dream in that alternate timeline. Maybe if she wasn’t being raised by a shrewd famewhore with no qualms about selling her own children, she would dream of being a doctor or a museum curator or something. Maybe she’d still want to be a model, but the more I read about this poor girl the more I wonder if that’s actually what she wants or if it’s just the market Kris has decided she should fill.

  4. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    Of course she’s aggressively managed. Look who her mom is! It’s a shame, goes to show that you can have lots of money and still not have all the things that matter.

  5. Buckwild says:

    What’s more interesting to me is how there is a team of handlers. On the show, they try to pretend that Lucifer’s home girl does everything herself, like some mom-and-pop operation, for all the kids and how overworked she is etc. Obviously in reality (alternate from Keeping Up reality), there’s a whole team under the watchful eye of Kris.

  6. Carol says:

    She looks so vacant in these pictures, like she already has a safe, happy place she goes to on her head when life gets overwhelming. I feel sorry for her.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    Poor kid. I hope she manages to get away and do her own thing when she can. Otherwise it sounds like she’s going to break down under the pressure someday.

  8. Tessa says:

    Poor little rich girl. She seems miserable. I think she has the makings of a top commercial model, meaning catalogs and VS type stuff, and she should get out on her own, move to New York and live the model life without her mom around. Stay in a group home with other models, go to castings, and just do her own thing. It would be good for her. Life in LA as a Kardashian is not working for her.

    • LOL says:

      It must be hard to have so much money and a tiny wallet 🙁

    • Irishae says:

      Yep, rich white girl problems. I agree that Kendall, unlike the other offspring, could actually be successful ON HER OWN. Hopefully she figures that out at some point.

  9. Amy says:

    I hope she rebels big-time, goes to college, discovers science or history or economics, gets lost in books and papers for a few years and becomes whatever she wants.

    • Latisse says:

      Because college grads in America are always SO successful. What’s with this whole fetishization of college? It’s the main reason for the massive student debt bubble right now: a bunch of teenagers going to college to obtain useless pieces of paper because “all teenagers should go to college.” The girl has stated multiple times that she wants to be a model. Why would she go to college? How is “discovering science or history” in line with her stated goals?

      • Lisalou says:

        College fetish?? A college degree is absolutely necessary for most jobs. The only reason it is less valuable these days is because so many people have also gotten advanced degrees and other types of training.
        It may not be necessary for this girl because she has money and possibly a modeling career but there is absolutely nothing wrong with her or anyone else pursuing a degree or furthering their education just for the sake of additional knowledge even if it doesnt lead to anything else.

        Jeez, someone seems to have a grudge against higher education.

      • Tessa says:

        Right? Why would Kendall be a scientist when she can be a model, and wants to be a model? Where is the logic in that?Not everyone needs overpriced higher education to make it in the world. There are sooooo many fields that don’t require a degree from a four year $250,000 institution.

      • lucy2 says:

        I would guess she’s said she wants to be a model, because she doesn’t know anything else. Her mother has probably pushed her in that direction for years, and I think has taken them out of school. Plus right now it probably seems kind of glamorous, but who knows what it will be like for her down the road.

        I think Amy’s point is not to a “college fetish” but more about this kid having a chance to find out for herself what she wants to do, and not automatically be sucked into the black hole of the Kardashian family business – famewhoring and such.

      • MrsB says:

        Really? Even if she does want to be a model, college can be an invaluable experience. Heaven forbid she educate herself on things like history of the world, science etc…

      • AmyLynne says:

        As someone sitting on a mountain of college debt (that isn’t going down with a 9% interest rate when I can get a mortgage loan at 2%…) while working at Panera Bread and aggressively looking for a job, a college education isn’t always the best option at a given point. Should Kendall go to college? Sure probably, she can afford it and it might open her eyes a little, but she don’t have to go to college to educate herself. She could just open a book.

      • MonicaQ says:

        Yeah holy crap, I have $60,000 worth of student loans and college is probably the *best* thing that could’ve happened to me. I struggle to pay them back but it’s something that made me a better person all the way around. I wouldn’t have traded it for the world, not because of the partying (I didn’t party) but because of what I learned.

        Yes, college is not for everyone. I understand that. But to just say, “College is expensive” as a reason NOT to go–that’s not even a remotely ok.

      • Adrien says:

        Kylie should consider college then. She’s always known as the “smaller one”, “unattractive one”, “Jaden’s gf”. Maybe if she discovers science and history, she’ll become the next Stephen Hawking. I don’t know. She just ain’t cut for modeling. She gotta prove to them that being smart is badass.

      • Latisse says:

        Calm your titties, I HAVE a college degree and a really good job. But that’s because I went into college knowing what I wanted to do after school (work in finance) did the necessary internships so that I now work in finance so college was a good fit FOR ME.

        I call it fetishization because 65% of my friends who were in college had no business being there. They didn’t have a plan. Didn’t know what they wanted to do. Some of them wanted to be in entertainment and would have been better served pursuing acting/writing jobs. And yet they all were willing to take on 1000s of dollars of debt they could not afford to “figure it out”

        I call that a bubble. I call that idiocy. I call that a broken system.

      • lucy2 says:

        If the issue is accumulating student loan debt while not knowing what you want to do, I can see that being a problem for many people – but don’t think that really applies to THIS girl.
        She is most likely someone who would benefit greatly from more education, experiences outside her family and their media obsessed lives, and can afford to do just that, even if it doesn’t lead to a different career.

      • jwoolman says:

        She can afford to go to any college in the world, no student loans required. It would be good for her because it would let her get away from her controlling family and think about where her other skills and interests lie. She’s not even in regular high school anymore, so she’s cut off from other kids might be thinking about college and careers themselves. She could always do some modeling jobs when school isn’t in session. But a modeling career by its very nature is time-limited. What is she going to do for the several decades of her life when she is not likely to be serious model material? Or what if she finds she doesn’t really want modeling to be an all-consuming part of her life, as some of her actions suggest? She needs to find out about other options. She doesn’t have to worry about making a living, but I doubt she will be happy focusing only on herself all the time like Kim.

      • Latisse says:

        As a college graduate, I still hold that there are far more effective ways to explore what you like/what you want that do not require a four year degree.

        Hell travelling is a better form of exploration. Taking various internships/jobs is a better hands on way of finding out what you like and broadening your horizons. And Kendall, having the resources and connections, would be more than able to explore her interests in both those ways.

        This insistence on college being the end all be all for self-actualization/learning is both promulgated and benefitted from by the education industry. And it is false. Some people by virtue of how they are wired benefit so much more from a non-college setting.

        People accept that everyone is different and different things work for different people but for some reason in America there is this myth that college is the one magical thing that is a great fit for EVERYBODY. Does that reasoning make sense to you? Because it makes absolutely no sense to me.

      • lucy2 says:

        No one in this post said college was the be all, end all.
        It’s just one option. I think most people would just like to see at least one of those kids decide there’s more to life than being famous, and follow or discover their own interests rather than being forced into Pimp Mama’s Kris’ master plan.

      • Nina W says:

        Your grudge against higher education is silly. Too many people in debt? Pretty much due to their own decisions not higher education. The fact is this girl has been encouraged her entire life to measure her worth in the mirror, damn right she would benefit from a little intellectual encouragement and development. It’s sad that so many women are encouraged to focus on their face and their bodies. What will Kendall do with herself when the cameras stop clicking? Maybe if she goes to college, she’ll have some ideas. She’s already traveling the world and it doesn’t seem to be broadening her horizons.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      @Amy, I agree with you. I think it would be a good opportunity to figure out for herself what she wants in her life, without PMK breathing down her neck (because you know that woman controls everything that happens to her).

      That said, I don’t really feel sorry for her, because I don’t think she has any idea how much opportunity comes her way by virtue of being part of that family. I never feel sorry for celebrity children who cry about how hard it is to have famous parents. Try having no parents, or ones who can’t afford to give you all the stuff that makes your life so easy.

    • Nibbi says:

      Preach! If she goes to college, which her family could TOTALLY AFFORD, not only would she have a shot at being apparently the only person in that family not to be completely vapid and useless except for us to gossip about, she’d potentially have a clue about what to do with herself after she hits her ‘expiration date’ (ew) in the modelling world.
      It really shocks me when people dismiss the value of higher learning. When i went to college, i feel like i actually learned to THINK for myself, think logically, and question things that were presented to me as ‘given’. Those are skills she could probably really use in getting out of that sick, hothouse-celebrity mentality she’s growing up in. In my opinion, that far, far outweighs any financial value college may or may not bring a kid.
      Besides, the friends i made in college are basically, like, my adopted sisters… They say friends are the family you choose. This kid could probably use some of that, too.
      AND FINALLY (man i’m on a roll) wtf is up w saying kylie or whatever her name is should go, not kendall! What, school is for the less-pretty sister?!

      • Nina W says:

        It’s funny because she’s not even “less pretty” if you look at the photos of her. She’s just less exposed at this point, and not as tall.

    • Amy says:

      Lucy2 was pretty much spot-on. My point was really that if you’re raised in a bubble with only one set of expectations and overbearing parents who hammer one idea in your head it can be pretty revelatory to discover for yourself the other ways of living and being that you’ve maybe heard of but not had a chance to experience. And in the “rebellion” category, college seemed to me the ultimate “poke Mom in the eye” thing for a Kardashian kid to do. No more, no less.

  10. mel2 says:

    Shes’s striking and I loved her Bazaar photo shoot.

    • emmie_a says:

      She is incredibly striking. The only true beauty in the family. I hope she doesn’t go the plastic surgery route because she doesn’t need it.

      • Agnetha says:

        She is very pretty. Bruce Jenner has some very good looking kids. The show was on when I was at my mom’s house the other day and I couldn’t believe how good looking Brody and Brandon Jenner are. Anyway, I really hope she doesn’t go the plastic surgery route as well, she might actually have a future in modeling. If mama Kris thought Kim was a moneymaker, she must be foaming at the mouth over Kendall because she is better looking than the rest of her kids put together.

  11. anneesezz says:

    She seems like a very sad girl. Money does not equal happiness. If she does want to break free froom that family she may be the only one with a soul and we should applaud her for that!

  12. Tiffany27 says:

    But she’s a teenager. How do we know she wasn’t just being moody? Trust me, I think PMK is probably making this girl’s life hell. This interview to me though just seems like she’s being a moody teenager.

  13. serena says:

    I’d love to think she is different from her family and will stand up on her own..but sadly I don’t really believe it will happen.

  14. Carolyn says:

    Oh puhlease. Nothing about these people gets published without the manager’s approval.

    PMK knows the tide is turning against the Kartrashian Klan and Kendall is being positioned as the Kartrashian to barrack for when you dislike all the others.

    Don’t fall for this planted PR krap.

  15. Jag says:

    She is so gorgeous. I hope that she doesn’t follow her mother and siblings’ footsteps and mess up her face with fillers and plastic surgery. I hope that she is able to have a happy life. Maybe she’ll break away from her momager when she turns 18; one can hope.

  16. Loira says:

    To think that the Jenner kids have genes that allow them to participate in sports and they do this…

  17. Talie says:

    She’s needs a much better modeling agency if she wants to make it in that field. I’m sure she’s with Wilhelmina because her mom has some deal there, but really, she should be looking at IMG or one of the other biggies. And she also needs to stop being connected with her sister, who has no future in modeling.

    • emmie_a says:

      I read that originally PMK was selling Kendall and Kylie as a duo and wouldn’t split them up… But since it’s clear that Kylie is not model material, PMK has been letting Kendall do solo gigs.

    • Denise says:

      Wilhelmina is her mother agency and a decent one, and she may pick up others in foreign markets if they think she has potential for high fashion.

  18. mel says:

    I feel compassion for her because she is so young and I know first hand how hard a mother can drive you. But to feel sorry for her or give her a lot of sympathy. NO. Just no.

  19. TG says:

    From this interview I can’t tell if Kendall is just being a brat and apply teen as others have mentioned above or if it is really insight into how she is being managed and manipulated. I guess since the interviewer was there he or she has more insight and so since they reported it like the girl was unhappy and is being micromanaged I tend to trust what the interviewer saw. I noticed the photo of Kris Jenner and the girls Jris is leaving towards her money maker Kendall. Same as she is with Kim probably something she does unconsciously but is very obvious to an observer. Also this interview gives more insight into Kim’s behavior because Kim can’t do or say anything g with out Kris Jenner yelling her what to do I think this just shows exactly how Kendalll is being raised. Do not think or do anything for yourself Mommy Dearest will tell you what to do. When to get married, when to get pregnant, whether or not you can change your last name after marriage and don’t even think about freezing your eggs without my approval. So I tend to think that Kendall is Kim 2.0. Sad.

  20. Nicolette says:

    Very pretty girl. I’d love to see her emancipate herself from her overbearing mother. PMK would go into shock if one of her money makers walked away.

    • mayamae says:

      Obviously Kris is an over bearing tyrant of a mother, but I get so tired of Bruce Jenner getting a pass. I know you’re not implying Bruce Jenner has no responsibility Nicolette.

      Bruce Jenner has been in the front row of the Kardashian girls being pimped – he knew exactly what his two girls were going to experience. He is as big of a fame whore as Kris. The moment he let them drop out of high school he gave up any control.

  21. janie says:

    She may be 17, but her age suits her when she wants something? You can’t have it both ways. Both of these girls use their name when it’s convient and when their in a snit about something.. it’s poor, poor girls whose mom is a money machine and using them. Did anyone happen to see Kylies new $125,000 car? She’s driving everywhere with no license? Not one female has an education in that family? That is what i feel sorry about for them, nothing else.

    • Dawn says:

      Although I do agree with you I do believe that Kourtney actually graduated from both high school and college. I know it is very hard to tell but true! It must get boring to answer the same questions over and over again so I will give her that.

    • Sassy says:

      I believe that Courtney has a degree and also Rob.

  22. lisa says:

    she’s the only one in the family i think is attractive, it mist kill PMK that she isn’t that enthusiastic about selling herself

    i think it would be hard to be the other little one, she’s plain and shorter and always grouped with kendall. she will never win that comparison. i guess that’s where her scino ties will help her.

  23. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    Oooh, NYT is gonna get a phone call from PMK because they don’t come out looking good in this.

    I was on the fence about her until the line where she defends her parents’ marriage and the publicist signals that she needs to stop talking. That is when I genuinely started to pity her. She might be spoiled, but she is still a young girl and having Kris K as a mom … well, I don’t need to say anything else, do I?

  24. hadleyb says:

    I see a Britney Breakdown in her future.

  25. Adrien says:

    If you feel bad for Kendall, I feel bad for the other one. I don’t even know her name (it’s Kylie).

  26. aenflex says:

    She’s the only one of that icky group that I actually find attractive, physically that is.

  27. Justin says:


    All I got from those articles are the Kardashians don’t pay taxes because Kris Jenner started her own church in California? They “donate” huge chunks of money to their “church” for tax write-offs, and the “church” is tax exempt. Interesting fact, Churches don’t pay taxes! that mean the Kim K is giving her mom $3,500,000 of “tax free money” .

    They’re sick and extremely greedy, but that shit is real clever.. its a win/win.. they keep the money but still look good.

    • jwoolman says:

      Yes, that’s right. Mama Ten Percent founded her very own religious tax shelter. Those other “charitable” donations they give periodically under duress seem to be their very own charity tax shelters as well, and they are involved somehow on boards for them etc. I do believe that means they get paid for something…. Hard to believe they couldn’t find well-established and properly audited charities unconnected with them, hence my suspicion that they’ve found oodles of ways to get the money back in their pockets.

  28. Feebee says:

    It’s easy to say I hope when she’s 18 she stands up to Kris Jenner. It’s not that easy really is it? Because Kris Jenner also happens to be Mom and moms like KJ are very hard to stand up to esp at 18. Hell, you could be 28 with a successful professional life and a great personal life or 35 with 3 kids of your own and still have problems standing up to a Kris Jenner in your life.

    So I do have some sympathy for her (and the kids in Syria, plus Iraq and Afghanistan, several places in Africa and many pockets of urban life in the US) and hope that she takes advantage of the life she has to make the most of it for herself and not her mom.

    • dagdag says:

      No, it is not easy to stand up to your parents, agreed. Is this not part of growing up? There are folks being 70 years of age and still seem not mature.

      The US Army´s enlistment age is 17 (with parental consent) and 18 without. This young people face extreme challenges and responsibilties.

      Reading about Kendall Jenner, in her 18th year of living and soon the 19th and being a child and getting sympathy for making a decision regarding her life or career, not being an adult, is at least, entitled.

      • Nina W says:

        She may be entitled, but give me a break, enlisting in the military doesn’t divorce you from your family; if she stands up to PMK she’s potentially on the street with no support. You may think that’s easy for a teenager to do but I assure it’s not. I had to escape at her age, from far worse abuse, and there was no where to go and no one to turn to. If you’re lucky in life you find friends but she’s locked up in the Klan, who’s going to help her escape?

  29. Kelly says:

    My mother was incredibly demanding and manipulative. She pushed my brother away for years because he married someone she didn’t like and their daughter wasn’t cute enough as as a baby. It is very difficult even as adults to stand up against a parent that will withhold love and support just because you want a different future.

    PMK manipulates and uses her children to get what she wants. How about declaring one child is your favorite on TV!

    Yep, poor, dying kids everywhere deserve sympathy but so do manipulated children who aren’t raised with a choice.

  30. diva says:

    Yea sorry don’t have any sympathy for her either.

  31. Ruyana says:

    I can’t help but blame Bruce. If he truly lives in a separate house in a different town how about rescuing his daughters from Pimp Mama?

    Brody says Bruce “wasn’t around much”. I guess that goes for his daughters too. He’s apparently a father in name only.

    • Emily C. says:

      I agree. Bruce never seems to get blamed, but these are his kids too. Where is he? He’s a deadbeat dad at best. More likely he’s just as into treating his daughters as commodities as his wife is.

    • Nina W says:

      This is his third marriage, his third set of kids, that doesn’t exactly seem like a glowing track record. I never did buy the “Brady Bunch” narrative Kris loves to spin, especially when she so blatantly favors Kim.

  32. Suze says:

    Kendall is the prettiest of the bunch of them but that whole situation is effed up now and forever.

  33. TOPgirl says:

    i like kendall. she’s a very genuinely down to earth girl so far. I hope she doesn’t turn into kim.

    • Kim says:

      Down to earth??? She drives a $150k car, carries $5k purses, wears $1000 shoes, etc etc. Maybe in Hollyweird that is down to earth.

  34. Itsa Reallyme says:

    I feel bad for her. She sounds like she’s backed into a corner and unhappy about it.

  35. Bijlee says:

    Meh whatever she gets sympathy but the girl has choices so its not much from me.

  36. Kim says:

    Her “modeling” career has only happened because she is related to the Kardashain sisters. Lets be real this girl is not beautiful enough to be a high fashion model. Seventeen & Cheerleader mags ok but she isnt Vogue material. You cant want fame & money then complain that you cant lead a normal life. Everyone knows the 2 dont go hand in hand – ever.

    • amurph says:

      As much as I don’t want to defend the Kardashians in any way but Kendall is actually quite pretty and I think would do relatively well in a high fashion setting – she’s got the figure for it.

    • Sassy says:

      Kendall has the height, slimness and beauty to be a model, either print or runway.

    • Nina W says:

      Yeah she looks way too wholesome to be successful in Vogue.

  37. Sam H x says:


  38. veryconfusedgirl says:

    My mother is controlling (sometimes a little too much), she feels the need to control every aspect of our lives and my dad doesn’t have much of a say, he has to go along with her to spare him the headache of listening to her and would chastise him for not agreeing with her. She tried to push me and my sister into becoming a teacher because its her wish for us to do so, I said flat out no as a way of retaining control. My sister is studying to become one and says thank god she enjoys it. My mother hasn’t exactly been supportive of any of us, never has actively encouraged us to do what we want or made us feel good about ourselves. Hell she wasn’t happy for us graduating from university although our dad was. I feel my mother favours my sister more because she reckons shes the capable one who shows promise in forwarding the family name. The rest of us a disappointment. She has always treated my sister differently to the rest of us, has always done as she pleases. That doesn’t mean the rest of us dont rebel against our mother. I graduated from university three years ago, I feel like I’m having an identity crisis, I don’t know what I want to do as a career. The controlling aspect is something I can relate to. FYI I agree university is not for everyone but the experience is something I would do in a heartbeat if I could afford to.

    • minimi says:

      I’m sorry that you feel like that. Let me tell you that you sound like you made the best lemonade you could out of the lemons that were given to you 😉 You have a good insight of the situation and how to deal with it. Not knowing what we want for our future is also normal and I guess that we all go through that and not only once in our lives but several times, specially when we have to make new decisions. Have a look at the possibilities that you have with your degree and go for the ones that you feel more connected. Anyway, everything is an experience and nothing is forever. Decisions like this might feel too definitive sometimes, but they are not. One thing is that we can always always try a change when we are not happy with one decision.

      • veryconfusedgirl says:

        I don’t know why but at times I feel like my degree was a waste of time. I know I shouldn’t think that and should be proud of what I have achieved. It’s just soul destroying when you study your behind off for a degree and you realise a degree plays a small part in getting a job, it’s the experience that plays a bigger part. But how is one supposed to get experience when you get turned down for a lack of it. It’s not exactly a walk in the park to put up with my mother for any of us. My relationship with her is fine however we aren’t super close that we tell each other our deepest secrets and plait each others hair.

        That’s what I’m trying to find out atm, I just need some guidance. Im taking workshops atm and meeting other people to network with. Change scares me, I always think a million times am I doing the right thing? Is this for me?. I’m very indecisive. I have a poor sense of motivation and procrastinate too much. I lack self confidence, feel really low about myself somebody suggested a confidence building course to me. I really feel lost without the structure I had at university. Thankyou for your kind words! I appreciate it. 🙂 x

    • Butterfly J says:

      It sounds like you need someone to talk with, Confused. Look in the phone book to find a counciling service… many are free, or for what you can afford only. You can find the strength to do what is best for YOU, but you sound like you need some guidance and a support system. Good luck!

      • veryconfusedgirl says:

        Thankyou for your kind words too butterfly J. I agree, I need someone to talk to because I feel really lost and confused. I just need some guidance and somehow take steps to resolve my personal issues too. My sister and
        I do worry about the impact of my mothers behaviour will have on my younger brothers. I did find someone who gives some classes at the place where I attend workshops, I can’t afford her. I dont know where to turn to for counselling and don’t think I would want to tell anyone (except for my auntie) if I did as I would be sharing personal stuff which wouldn’t sit comfortably with them. My dad, my sister and my auntie are supportive. Maybe I need a wider support system?!. I’ve struggled to make friends and lack good social skills. I wish I had the money to afford a good counsellor/therapy like Kendall has because she too will need it.

    • lucy2 says:

      Hang in there, confused. It’s tough when you feel pressured, but you have to find your own way and do what you enjoy.
      I would bet your own mom didn’t do that, and is projecting her own disappointments or whatever onto you, and that’s why it comes out as controlling behavior.
      You can still love her and respect her, but follow your own path, and that happens faster for some people than others.

    • Cece says:

      I don’t know if there is a way to send private messages on here but very confused… If you see this and there is a way, send me your e-mail or phone number. I know this is sort of a weird request but I’ll explain.

      • veryconfusedgirl says:

        Hi cece. Do you have a twitter account or something I could get in touch with you. As I don’t feel comfortable posting my email address on here. xx

    • Cece says:

      I can make one and find you. What is your twitter?

  39. Zombie Shortcake says:

    Yeah, by the eighth line down of the article that Holmes interview was my guess.

  40. Emily C. says:

    Get some burner phones, Kendall!

    Unfortunately, I don’t see this turning out as well for her as for Kate. Kate had some grounding and a life before her relationship with Tom, and her father helped her get out. Who’s Kendall got? I just don’t see her story having a happy ending. Her parents have been allowed to use her since the day she was born.

  41. Shelly says:

    I get the feeling that Kendall doesn’t mind doing the occasional photo shoot, but she really hates all the micromanaging that goes along with having all these handlers. I think she’d rather be a teenager and normal student FT and a model PT, instead of the way it is, which is the other way around.

  42. GrrGrr says:

    This little chick is your average pretty teen. She is NOT model material. This ridiculous and disgusting family needs to be gone. It’s time they went the way of Paris Hilton…

  43. Rosemary says:

    She is an average-looking big-nosed girl. I wish her the best in becoming a celebrity, because that doesn’t take looks or talent. $$$ to you!