Kendall Jenner is ‘taking this season off’ from runway modeling, but was it her choice?

Kendall Jenner in attendance for Longcha...

Here are some photos of Kendall Jenner wearing a cute purple dress for an event for Longchamp. Kendall has been in New York for about a week, preparing for New York Fashion Week and attending events. That’s what I wrote last week, when we discussed that bizarre Page Six item about Kendall making out with Anwar Hadid – I thought Kendall was actually going to be working some runways for NYFW. She is not. According to Vogue, Kendall is “taking this season off.”

Kendall Jenner is in New York for Fashion Week, but the model is taking this season off and making the social rounds, instead. Jenner made a few stops last night—appearing on the Tonight Show in Tom Ford, popping by Russell James’s book party alongside Cindy Crawford.

[From Vogue]

That Vogue piece was about her outfit, but this is the first I’m hearing about Kendall taking the season off. She’s basically just in New York to attend parties and promotional events. She’s not going to put one foot on the runway. So here’s my question: was this Kendall’s choice or nah? Remember, Kendall created a recent controversy when she discussed working runway models, telling Love Magazine: “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do. I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the f–k those girls do. More power to ‘em.” Kendall’s comments were seen as snide and elitist towards the young models who *have* to do runway work because that’s their job. Models widely criticized Kendall and her dumb non-apology didn’t do anything. So did designers refuse to hire Kendall this season or did she say no to designers? I bet it was a little of Column A, a little of Column B.

Kendall Jenner leaving her hotel in New York

Photos courtesy of WENN, Avalon Red.

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  1. Zip says:

    Her lips are almost bigger than her thighs now.

    • meme says:

      her lips are ridiculous . looks like a little filler in her cheeks too. freaky face!

      • angry bird says:

        Yes, and some tweaking of the brow and forehead area. Not sure if it is a “Botox Brow Lift” or a surgical brow lift. I’m seeing a lot of what I can only describe as “Extreme Serene” expressions; something is being done to the upper face (brow + forehead) which lifts the forehead, broadens the brow, and makes the eyelids very heavy-lidded. I can’t quite articulate it. There’s a YouTuber I follow, Tati Westbrook, who just had a round of injectables done b/c she was having a product launch party. Tati has the same kind of expression right now.

  2. runcmc says:

    Kendall, like her sister Kourtney, doesn’t technically HAVE to work to keep up her fame and cash flow (merely has to stand in the same vicinity as Kim and Kylie and Khloe). And she always struck me as lazy and dispassionate about her career in modeling. Maybe she’s just done trying to pretend she cares.

    • Jegede says:

      Pretty much.

      Runway’s great for prestige and exposure but the real money comes from elsewhere.

      They probably get paid more just to show up at fashion events and look gormless.

    • Nancy says:

      How is Khloe more relevant than Kendall. She has always been infamous for being friends with a lot of ballers. But now her “fame” is helping break up the relationship of a pregnant women to get pregnant herself by the same, yet again baller. I’d walk the runway and be known as the quiet sister before I lived the life of Khloe. Kim is Kim and her sexcapades made the Kardashians happen, but what is her other talent? Kylie, bless her heart, was born at the right time to the right family to be where she is, wherever that may be. Over and out…

      • Olive says:

        Because Khloe hustles to force herself to be relevant in a way Kendall doesn’t. Kendall has always seemed more reserved than the rest of the sisters. We rarely hear about her relationships, she’s never gushing over her partners to anyone who will listen like Khloe.

      • jwoolman says:

        Nancy- I wonder if modeling really was Kendall’s heart’s desire when she was a child. I haven’t watched all the episodes, but I recall from their interminably long promos on E! that in one episode, Kendall seemed to say she wanted to be a model out of the blue and produced a scrapbook or something with pictures of herself she allegedly had been keeping up for getting a modeling job. Demon Mother immediately got on the phone and poof, Kendall had a modeling job (she was 15) doing somewhat risqué catalog work for somebody. It seemed a tad contrived.

        Later on, Kim had to read her the riot act when she was being balky and diva-ish and “I don’t wanna” about a chance at another type of modeling job, right when she was already on site, maybe it was for a runway thing. I think that this might have been when Kim had first gotten together with Kanye, so his contacts were most likely involved. I remember at the time wondering if Kendall was really interested in modeling or if it was all for the show. She just has never seemed self-driven on it to me but more like she was doing it as a plot line for the show.

        Kanye opened up many more doors for her and her mom always made sure cameras followed her, so she was free publicity for designers. But she just doesn’t seem to have the life in her that I see in other models. She never seems truly happy to be doing what she is doing and also doesn’t seem to have seriously gone for any training to help her do the job better. She’s gradually learned more about how to walk and stand (the rest of the Klan seem to be unable to stand like adults), but her lack of enthusiasm for the details of the work seems curious. All that money and she just coasts in something that is touted as her life’s dream.

        When Kendall and Kiley complained to their mom that they were away from school so often for the modeling that they were far behind when they were there, Mama Ten Percent’s bright idea (rather than cutting back on the work so it didn’t Interfere with school) was to take them both out of school for the infamous Kardashian slap-dash approach to home schooling. I remember at the time, Kendall was missing the school sports opportunities – she apparently had been legitimately enthusiastic about that. May she really had other dreams but they didn’t fit into Mama Ten Percent’s plans.

      • Nancy says:

        She was very tall and thin and attractive as a young teen, so of course, the mother wanted some action. I did watch early episodes and she wanted to model, but not do the catwalk. That’s when 5’1 Kim stepped in. She always wanted to do a runway, but is way too short and stocky. She was living vicariously through Kendall. I further believe she suffers from anxiety which can ravage you. The younger one insisted she had to be home schooled because of her anxiety. She never could catch up to Kendall, so now she must feel vindicated with her success from selling makeup…lol and having a baby. As a professional on what seems like a permanent maternity/mother leave, I know way too much about the reality tv world. Proud to say I never watched the Apprentice. Couldn’t stand him then, can’t stand him now!

  3. Shijel says:

    Either way, bye B*. There isn’t a single work of hers that is remarkable. Some are good, thanks to excellent photographers who try their best to make something extraordinary out of an ordinarily pretty, uncharismatic girl. Most are just meh. If she wasn’t filthy rich with momma K buying her contracts, the best she could ever do is to have a ‘runway filler’ career, kind of like Kasia Struss except Kasia is humble, striking and has a solid work ethic that’s responsible for her longevity.

    Messing with her lips wasn’t wise either.

  4. Jane says:

    She’s been transitioning out of runway and editorial modelling for a while now. She was hot for a while but she didn’t make the leap from nepotism model to legit model in the way someone like Bella Hadid managed, and I don’t think she wants to be a second tier model.

    She’s had some plastic surgery that pigeonholes her as more VS than Vogue, so that’s the kind of route I expect her to go down.

  5. Louise177 says:

    Can Kendall be called a runway model? I feel like when she first started out she did a lot of shows but the last couple of years Kendall has done very little. I don’t think people are boycotting her. I don’t think she planned to do any shows since her priority seems to be product contracts and magazine covers. I get the feeling she’s more interested in celebrity than being a model.

  6. Jess says:

    Her taking the season off PROVES that she is entitled and does not work as hard as other models just like what her peers and the general public have stated. The fact that she can take a season off when her peers couldn’t even visit their families for Christmas because they couldn’t pass the opportunity to walk on a runway honestly pisses me off.

  7. Maum says:

    OMG that outfit is hideous!

    I think modelling is done with her. She’s tweaked her face and gone all reality TV, not to mention has been (once again) show up as a huge bitch.
    I think she’ll probably keep a few modelling campaigns for a couple of years or so but will soon be replaced.

    Not sure why Longchamp picker her though- they’re marketed as a v French brand and they had more quirky models in the past. This is an odd fit.

  8. Alexandria says:

    It’s really tragic. She did not have that Xfactor look for a model imho but I also thought she was the prettiest. She is destroying a good foundation.

  9. Naptime says:

    Is she still working for La Perla? That was such an odd relationship. Is anyone less sexy than Kendall??

  10. RBC says:

    Kris “PMK” Jenner has something in mind for Kendall. She will make sure her daughter is kept in the spotlight. There will be some announcement shortly.

  11. Gutterflower says:

    She probably needs time for her poor face to heal.

  12. jwoolman says:

    Isn’t it dangerous for someone her age to take a season off? Her shelf life will be short as it is and out of sight, out of mind. There are other models happy to take her place and they are better at the job than she is. By disappearing now from the runway, her slots may not be available when she decides to show up again. She also risks losing contracts for the other famous for being famous stuff she wants to do. The social media thing may not have quite the pull eventually once the fashion people realize how followers can be faked.

    And who knows what condition Kanye will be in by next season, and his contacts make or break her. If he goes over the edge or just annoys too many people, I don’t think Kendall will be able to make up for that loss.

    I think she is grossly underestimating her independent appeal. Kanye’s baffling attraction for the fashion crowd and her mother’s evil genius for business and promotion are crucial to her opportunities. If either one or both are unable to fulfill those functions, she will fade fast.

  13. PodyPo says:

    Whether she chose to skip this season or she wasn’t hired, it’s good because it leaves her spot open for someone more interesting who actually wants to work.

  14. Busyann says:

    I think she’s done. How can you take a season off when the work was already drying up? She never looked like a model to me, especially not a VS model in the beginning, and I always suspected the very subtle plastic work was in reaction to her never quite looking like a model. After she did whatever she did to her lips the first time, she did look more VS, but now, her face is looking completely different…too different.

  15. Beth says:

    While she “takes the season off,” she’d better not do anymore messing with her face. She’s a naturally pretty girl, but her pumped up lips couldn’t look more obviously fake.

  16. grabbyhands says:

    If she’s taking the season off, I’m willing to bet it wasn’t entirely voluntarily.

    The whole family are good at starting sh*t and then running away from the negative backlash, and she more than all of them. Mostly because she’s dumb and doesn’t seem to posses ANY common sense or self awareness.

    PMK is probably cooking something else up to put her in the spotlight as we speak.

  17. P says:

    She should go away forever. She is even more lazy than Kourtney, and not even a nice person to begin with.

  18. CharliePenn says:

    She has two expressions: utterly emotionless deadeyes, or waaaayyyyy to self-satisfied (see the first pic above).

    I just really hope they don’t start talking about how her anxiety is the cause. I have an anxiety disorder and it’s hard and I don’t wish it on anyone or judge anyone for how they deal with it. Except Kendall! Because every time her behavior is horrible and bites her in the ass she (and her mom and even Kim) start going on about how it’s becuase of her “anxietyyyyyyy!!!” Anxiety does not make you into a shitty person and shouldn’t be used as a constant excuse for why you are an unkind brat. I’m sorry but I don’t think she has a true anxiety problem because when things are going her way it never comes up. It’s just this bizarre excuse they use whenever she shows her ass.

    • lobbit says:

      I googled and she is definitely pinning her absence on an anxiety disorder…

    • Swack says:

      From the Daily Fail: “Kendall’s premature departure from the fashion event comes after the model, who has admitted suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, revealed she was forced to distance herself from the mayhem on Friday night after having a ‘freak out’.”

    • Anon33 says:

      Ugh. I have C-PTSD in addition to lifelong anxiety, and panic disorder in remission, and this bitch makes me so mad with her “oh my anxiety” bullshit. She’s talked about it on the show, and the things she says sound so dumb and uninformed. She thinks things like “normal” reactions to frustrations with air travel and minor car accidents are “anxiety.”
      No sweetie, inconveniences to your uber rich lifestyle don’t cause anxiety. GTFOH.

      • Anastasia says:

        Hey! C-PTSD here, too. And OCD. In treatment for life, and thankful for it, and I totally agree with you about people using anxiety as a catch-all excuse for being a shitty person.

        I’m not and have never been a shitty person, and I’ve been riddled with severe anxiety nearly my entire life.

      • Cacec04 says:

        Agreed. I think her “anxiety” may now have to do with the fact that she grew up extremely privileged and sheltered which, in turn, contributes to her being ignorant and not having good people skills. (Aka rude). She only seems to get “anxiety” after she’s handed real world consequences from her day to day interactions.

  19. sara says:

    She’s the highest paid model. She’s not a runway model. That isn’t the goal for the most famous models. Runway modeling will never make anyone millions. This really isn’t a big deal. And to say she hasn’t reached the level of Bella Hadid is wrong. She’s paid more than her. By more than 10 million. I don’t care for the lips, but if I was being honest, if I had money I’d get work done too.

    • Crumbs says:

      She only makes more money because of the paid advertisements on Instagram. I don’t like the Hadids, but they each have several partnerships with fashion houses and brands. Kendall does not. Gigi and Bella still walk, albeit only for big names, and they land more covers as well. Runway modeling helps the big names stay big named. Giselle and Naomi did it for a really long time. This is not a good look for Ms.Pepsi.

    • Meganbot2000 says:

      If she’s a billionaire why is she hustling diet tea on Instagram?

      I don’t believe all these claims about her wealth for a second. The entire family are just grifters.

      • jwoolman says:

        Meganbot- You have a point. Mama Ten Percent & Co. have been caught lying about what they are being paid before, such as their contracts with the E! Network. Trump has always done the same thing. He would feed false stories to Forbes to get on their lists. Forbes doesn’t seem to do a good job of actually checking things out, they seem to take the word of grifters pretty easily. So they aren’t a reliable source.

        So we really don’t know anything reliable about the financial worth of the Kardashian/Jenner clan or specifically Kendall’s claim to be the highest paid model etc. We know they all spend gobs of money as though they were ultra rich, but so does Trump and he is most likely all smoke and mirrors. The K/J clan may be also.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Her entire facial shape has changed. Her jawline& chin are completely different from their original form.

  20. Kitten says:

    I don’t care for the shoes but I absolutely covet that dress.

    She’s probably done. See ya, Kendull.

  21. Ty says:

    Probably the designers that wantd her were low profile for her and designers she wanted to walk for decided to hire proper professional Models

  22. Socks says:

    Kendull is just Kourtney Jr. 😴

    • Nancy says:

      Kenny is 17 years younger and 10 inches taller than Kourtney. These are not scientific answers, both are approximations…lol!!

    • Lady D says:

      Yup, a total Kourtney 2.0. Same lack of intelligence, same naturally occurring brain dead expression on their faces, same ordinary looks. Kourtney does have a good looking body going for her, I will give her that.

      • Nancy says:

        Lady D: Do you find Kim, Khloe & Kylie attractive? if you see their post-op photos, and their childhood photos, all several noses ago, none of them look the same. Kim has a nice face structure, which seems natural. Khloe looks like her father, whoever he is and poor little Kylie mixes and switches so much, she will end up like a Joan Rivers/Michael Jackson. As much as everyone dislikes Kendall, aside from her new plump lips, at least she looks similar to her former self. I don’t know why I defend her. She’s the least offensive to me. Kourtney and Rob are the only college educated of the family………..guess sex tapes equate more to $ than brains.

      • Lady D says:

        I thought Kim was just beautiful when she was in her late teens. I think plastic Kim is stunningly beautiful. I think Kylie jr. was beyond cute. She looked nothing like her siblings with her little freckles and cute grin. It’s sad what she and her sisters have done to their looks, Kourtney excepted.

  23. Phonycat says:

    I guess if you are a Kardashian you can buy a face to fix what mother nature did not give you, and Poof! Instant model.

  24. Daisy says:

    She hasn’t been doing runaway for sometime. And honestly, the designers who wanted her to walk for them before the interview would still accept her after lmao they choose her for exposure, not talent; they don’t care about any stupid thing she said. Also she never liked runaway in the first place and like some other comment said runaway gives the model the high fashion credit they want but they make almost no money from walking a show.
    Kendall and the Hadids don’t do castings (they actually never did, not even once), they just get invited and choose if they want to walk or not. Gigi for example only accepts an offer if she gets to open or close the show (which is hilarious since she walks like her knees are about to break).
    Anyway, modelling is just a phase for Kendall, a thing she did so she can say she has a “job” and “works hard” instead of only being a reality star.

  25. Mintia says:

    Definitely not her choice and she’s not playing it well either. She’s so overexposed – if she had chosen to sit out a season she wouldn’t have attended the shows. She was in NY and got black balled/cut after all the stupid comments while she was there so her family PR machine is in overdrive trying to smooth it over…

    No one in that family has a clue how to lay low.

  26. tw says:

    Shows are a lot of work for little pay. Oh, and most of the industry think she’s an entitled asshole.

  27. bella says:

    I just came to say, that the sandals are tragic and horrible!!!

  28. TheOriginalMia says:

    She’s morphing into Kim, which is hilarious and sad because Kim is on version 1500+.

  29. Lala11_7 says:

    Out of ALL OF THEM…I think Kendall just wanted to go to high school…maybe go to college…and be left the hell alone…

    I remember that episode of KUWTK that I watched back in the day…when Kendall was I think, just a Freshman in H.S. with Kim projecting her OBSESSIVE desire to be a runway model on Kendall…making that poor child feel like CRAP because she was born with the long limbs instead of Kim…she didn’t want ANYTHING to do with it…and I believe she still doesn’t…she did what she had to do to support the evil empire…and now she’s over it…

    Besides…she doesn’t want to take the chance of running up on one of those Models who didn’t get the “Don’t push Kendall down the stairs for running her entitled mouth” memo and who sees Kendall and IMMEDIATELY START WINDMILLING!!!!