Kendall Jenner thinks it was a lot harder to become a model because of her name

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Kendall Jenner covers the latest issue of Vogue Australia, and this cover image is… interesting. Like, her body looks good and it would have been a striking, interesting image with another model posed like that, in that dress and those boots. But once you see her dead eyes and blank expression, does this cover work? It truly looks like no one is home, like she’s a robot at rest in an awkward position. I will continue to raise awareness of how Kendall really isn’t a great editorial model because of her face. Harsh but true. A runway model? Sure, she can do that. But her editorials are so bad. Anyway, Kendall was actually quite chatty with Vogue Australia, and you can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Whether she ever had a fall-back plan in case she didn’t make it as a model: “No. And I don’t think I necessarily needed to have one. Anything I do, I always want to be 100 per cent in it and know I want to be doing it. When I started I was so young, so if it didn’t work out then I was going to figure it out. I’d cross that bridge when I got there.”

On people prejudging her for her name: “But I’ve always been the person to prove [critics] wrong, even when I was younger. I’ve always been a hard worker: that’s in my blood. My parents raised me and my little sister to be that way and the rest of my sisters, too. A lot of people assumed that because I came from a ‘name’ that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it’s the completely opposite.”

She has no plans to do anything other than model: “I am still so young. People are always asking me: ‘What’s next? What’s next?’ I’m like: ‘Why do I have to have it all figured out right now?’ Most people my age don’t have it figured out as much as I do.”

She doesn’t want to talk about her relationship with Ben Simmons: “I got a glimpse of how my sisters dealt with [the attention] and it’s cool to learn from that. For me, a lot of things are very special and very sacred, like my friends and relationships, and I personally think that bringing things into the public makes everything so much messier. Also I’m very young and right now I feel like relationships aren’t always super-certain and I don’t want to bring too much attention to something if you don’t really know long term [what it’s going to be]. A relationship is only meant to be between two people, and the second you make it the world’s business is when it starts messing with the two people mentally. Like once everyone is let in, you’re letting all these opinions into your relationships, and I don’t think that’s fair.”

She doesn’t have a checklist of accomplishments by age: “I feel like once you do [that], it’s just completely ingenuine and you think that you have to be in a certain place when you don’t have to be. Everyone has their own path and their own way of letting the cards fall. Your 20s are for messing up and figuring it out.”

Whether she’s thinking of getting engaged: “Maybe. Definitely not now, but maybe one day.”

[From Vogue Australia]

Something nice: I respect her refusal to play the media games with her relationships. I know some people think she’s a lesbian and her relationships with men are fake, but think of it this way: Kris Jenner would have found a way to profit from Kendall’s sexuality if Kendall really was gay. And Kendall has probably been told to talk more about boys to damped the gay rumors too, and still she refuses. It’s more than possible that she’s a straight tomboyish woman who just prefers to keep her romantic life under wrap.

Something not nice: “I’ve always been a hard worker: that’s in my blood.” She’s not a hard worker though – she turns down tons of work and she got in trouble last year when she mocked the models who walk every runway and work harder than her. And this: “A lot of people assumed that because I came from a ‘name’ that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it’s the completely opposite.” Girl, no. Why are the Jenner sisters always insisting that their name and their half-sisters and their reality show didn’t give them a tremendous leg-up in life?

Oh, and after all of that careful wording about her relationship, it looks like Kendall and Ben Simmons are over!

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Photos courtesy of Backgrid, cover courtesy of Vogue Australia.

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  1. JanetFerber says:

    Right, Kendall. Your advantages put you at a disadvantage. Perfect sense.

    • Char says:

      The only reason she’s a famous model is her name. Her walking sucks, she has the warmth of an glacier on pictures, she’s generic. There are thousands of girls with more talent who didn’t made it because they didn’t had the last name. And don’t even start on the hard work, you don’t know what it is, sweetie.

    • Wilady says:

      Ok I’m feeling empathetic and kind this morning so I’ll bite.

      You’re literally proving her point by invalidating her words and saying that…

      even if she were stellar, she does get harsher judgement, imo.
      People don’t take her seriously because they know what family she’s from. If she were some girl from Kansas with that face and body, she wouldn’t have the connections and friends in the business and would have a harder climb to be seen, but she also wouldn’t carry the preconceived notions of the public and the instant eyeroll and invalidation because people know her sisters and Mom. Nobody listens if she said anything is difficult, even if it is, and that would honestly suck. Each side has it’s benefits and downfalls, like anything.

      • josephine says:

        People may judge her, but it certainly has not stopped her from getting work, which is the whole point of privilege. She’s gotten tons of work and endorsement deals, all of which came from her family association. Sure, the gossip pages like to criticize her and maybe she gets her feelings hurt more than the average model, but she’s been handed everything because of who her family is. I don’t think anyone can list a single thing that she’s had to work for. And she could quash a whole lot of the criticism by not mocking other models and by being humble and appreciative of her tremendous privilege. But she’s taken the opposite tack, which is designed for more attention.

      • line says:

        Your point of view could be right, but Kendall started modeling as model when her family was accepted into the fashion industry thanks to Kanye West and Anna Wintour.

        If she had started at the time, where all no brand wanted to the associate with her family, would have been complicated but not hard because if she had not managed to be supermodels she would still have a good life because her family is rich and fame and can finance her mode of life .

      • KL says:

        The point is that if she were some girl from Kansas with that face and that body, she would be NOWHERE near her current level of fame and “success.” That’s not even a slam on her modeling abilities, just a recognition that Jenner’s marketability comes from her celebrity via Instagram and reality TV. And while those things are hers in her own right NOW, she springboarded off of her family name and notoriety.

        Did she work hard in order to claim her own piece of that pie? I mean, maybe, I’ll admit I don’t know her life. But I do know she never worked a minimum-wage job to support herself before getting signed. She never had to move to a new city with no support system in order to be able to even audition for the jobs she wanted. She never had to fork over huge chunks of her earnings over to her agency in order to be housed with seven other girls in a two-bedroom apartment — or if she did, it didn’t impact her lifestyle in a meaningful way. Even then, success for the Kansas girl would be an entirely different metric. There are maybe a dozen models working today who can command the selectivity and pay that Jenner does. To get there from nothing would be like winning the lottery, while Jenner was born with a trust fund. Did she play the stock market a bunch? Sure, but she started off with more money to burn than most will ever put in the bank. (Literally AND metaphorically.)

        “Harsher judgement” and “preconceived notions” are possibly a factor. But to pretend they level the playing field? Come on.

    • stormsmama says:

      lol exactly

      “A lot of people assumed that because I came from a ‘name’ that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got, but actually it’s the completely opposite.”
      Its completely opposite??? Erhmmmmm really? Thats categorically false, hyperbolic garbage and it makes roll my eyes all the way up up up…GIRL JUST NO!
      At the very least she could have some HUMILTY GRACIOUSNESS AND GRATITUDE for her blessings and how things worked in her favor but NOPE just a whiny spoiled myopic-view and we are all supposed to believe it was so HARD for her…NOPE

    • Sally says:

      she is wrong, she got the modeling job because of who she is. no talent.

  2. Eliza says:

    She’s a dead in the eye print model, and doesn’t have a great walk either. Without her Instagram follower numbers, which she got from being on a reality show, she would not have gotten cast. I’m sorry.

  3. xdanix says:

    Oh PLEASE! She WAS a beautiful girl, and obviously she’s got a great body, but come on. She’s ruined her once-naturally- beautiful face with all the work she’s had done to it in the last few years. Not ruined in the league of Khloe’s new nose, but she barely looks like herself anymore. The only reason she’s still gets to be a “top” model after the way she’s screwed up her face is because of who she is.

    • BeanieBean says:

      I thought that top photo made her look like Emily Ratawhatever. Definitely not like Kendall.

  4. Amaryis says:

    While she is a pretty girl she definitely would NOT be a model if not for her name & connections.
    How many successful models out there have gotten this far with such a dead eyed, blank (now plastic surgery altered) face??!??

  5. Patty says:

    Another day, another story from a self made Kardashian Jenner about how they clawed their way to the top using their own grit and determination and overcame the big obstacle that is their surnames. LOL.

  6. Originaltessa says:

    I think based on her looks if she wasn’t a Kardashian’s/Jenner she’d maybe get some small market catalogue work. She’s attractive, sure, but so are a lot of girls. Instagram followers is seriously more important than talent these days and she knows it. The denial by the nepotism models is so infuriating.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Instagram has ruined the professional modeling profession. I doubt we will ever see another Lauren Hutton, Jerri Hall, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Shalom Harlow, Amer Valetta, Kate Moss or Natalia Vodianova. They do not make superstars models out of people with REAL talent anymore.

      • Kiki says:

        If you ask me who I the super model of our generation I will give that person: Her name is Rihanna. NUFF SAID. Honorable mentioned would be Ciara, man can she pose.

      • Daisy says:

        There are some really amazing models nowadays that unfortunately don’t even get half of the recognition the insta girls have. Anna Ewers, Imaan Hamman, Rianne Van Rompaey are a few examples. Too bad instagram followers is now the priority for so many people.

      • FHMom says:

        I agree. Supermodels were truly special. I saw Veronica Webb once in the 90s, and I couldn’t take my eyes off her. She was breathtakingly beautiful and kind of ethereal looking.

      • Kiki says:

        Even Ashley Graham can model better than these instamodels.

  7. elimaeby says:

    Unpopular opinion, but this is probably the best photo I’ve seen her take. She’s always dead-eyed, sure, but the styling and the pose both really work for her here. Another model could have done it better, but it’s the best Kendall work I’ve seen.

  8. Lucy says:

    Wow, she’s boring.

  9. STRIPE says:

    I will maybe MAYBE believe that high end designers didn’t want to work with her right away, in the same way that AW wouldn’t put Kim on the cover of Vogue until Kanye, because of her name.

    But in general, I don’t believe it was harder for her to get her foot in the door. I just don’t. There is no way it was harder than going to casting calls with hundreds of other girls, fighting for a few spots or for the right agent/agency.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “AW wouldn’t put Kim on the cover of Vogue until Kanye”

      I cancelled my subscription to Vogue the month this issue came out. I but the September edition at the news stand and that is it for US Vogue.

  10. AnnaKist says:

    Mm-hm. Sure. Whatever you say, pet.

  11. SequinedHeart says:

    Oh god, stop it Kendall.

  12. Tate says:

    Of course she didn’t have a backup plan, her parents are rich and would support her. Her parents also BOUGHT her career, so it wasn’t like she worked towards anything either. She’s a horrible model, with a horrendous attitude. I can’t stand the Hadids but at least they have a decent reputation in the industry.

    I’ve heard plenty of stories from people that are in the industry about her being a lesbian. But if she wants to beard with boring men, go for it.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I find the Hadid girls to be fairly decent models. They have a presence. Their mother was big time European model in the 70s-80s. The Hadid girls started modeling for Baby Guess when they were very young. I really do not mind them at all.

  13. Michael says:

    Kendall is crazy beautiful but she is not a good model in my opinion. She also always puts her foot in her mouth when she speaks. I think she is straight but maybe slightly asexual. She has flat said she is not gay and would tell if she was.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      IMHO which is pure conjecture, to me Kendall seems the most affected by choices her father made.

  14. Rebecca says:

    When will this delusional woman learn to keep her mouth shut? Are there any actual hardworking non-Jenner models she hasn’t pissed off yet?

    • Lady2Lazy says:

      The entire Kardashian/Jenner clan are delusional. Why she be any different than the rest of them. I can’t believe she had to the nerve to say it was harder for her than other models because of her name…WTF?

  15. Jessica says:

    This is literally all she ever says or talks about in interviews. What is the point of interviewing her? She never has anything to say. Her life isn’t even interesting in celebrity terms tbh. Every interview for the last five or so years is some version of “I work so hard, my name didn’t open doors for me, it actually made it more difficult” blah blah blah. She’s so boring and banal. The one thing I found relatable was an interview she did about her anxiety, but other than that, she (and the Hadids) are always on about their superhuman work ethic and how their name was an impediment, not an asset. Yeah okay.

    • Hoot says:

      I read her interviews for the laughs she provides (“…it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got…,”) or so I can learn new words like “ingenuine.” Sigh. Kendall, the reason people question you about your future isn’t because you intrigue them, it’s because THEY know what YOU don’t: A modeling career is very short-lived, and maybe you should plan for after it’s finished.

  16. Elkie says:

    Come on now you cynics, how many other models could make PVC thigh-highs and a boob-window tube dress look quite that utterly sexless?

  17. Anne says:

    The more privilege you have, the less you see it, it seems.

    I love the part about how she’s got stuff figured out more than most people her age. I mean she’s young, but like college-graduate young. I’m guessing she couldn’t sit down and write a resume if her life depended on it.

    • stormsmama says:

      yeah all she is saying there if you crack her code is: Ive got money which affords me the ability to not think about it or more importantly worry about it

    • Flffgrrrrlr says:

      It’s really true – there’s even research into this that backs it up. People who are used to being treated as special just expect to be – they have internalised that they’re special and they deserve special treatment. So I’m sure her perceptions about how much she has to work at fairly warped. She just literally no idea how a “normal” person’s life looks and feels from the inside.

  18. Jadedone says:

    Ugh nepotism is rampant these days, not just in Hollywood but everywhere. Frankly nepotism leads to meritocracy, kendal is a prime example of that

  19. Lightpurple says:

    Oh, Kendall, you really aren’t that young for the profession you have chosen. When designers and editors decide that vacant boredom is no longer the look, you won’t be getting covers.

  20. Daisy says:

    Well, if she really is gay (which it wouldn’t surprise me tbh) it must be awful to have the whole internet talking about it. When I was closeted I was so paranoid about everything, I can’t imagine dealing with all of that and being famous. I mean, let her live her life. I just hope Kris won’t exploit it in case it’s true.
    About the modeling… PLEASE. Everyone knows she and the Hadids would be doing Forever 21 catalogs (if that) if they weren’t famous.

  21. JadedBrit says:

    Can you imagine Naomi Campbell working that outfit? Or Tyra Banks? Shame Kendall J. seems to have avoided the whole ANTM “smize” – she might not look so deadeyed. But I guess she was too busy clambering over the weight of that extraordinary name and the responsibility it’s imposed on her to actually learn her craft.

  22. teehee says:

    She isn’t a model, though.

    Sure, her mom bought and handled her a career using name and connections, but shes never going to be a model in my eyes.

    Sorry Jan.

  23. Some chick says:

    Well, “Kendall” is a pretty silly name. Maybe she’s right!

    Both of those dresses are terrible.

  24. raindrop says:

    Bless her heart.

  25. Ams says:

    Why do these posts happen once a week? Who cares. We all know she thinks she’s this successful on her own & we all know that isn’t true. Post about something else!!! This is a waste of space.

  26. Jesus says:

    I find her dead eyes very disturbing.
    I mean, modelling can be a lifetime career…For the legends. Naomi, Tyra, Linda, Gisele, etc. Girls from other times who, like the models Kendall laughs at, worked their asses off walking every runway out there making their names. This wont happen to her. Good riddance.

  27. jen says:

    I can’t get over how different she looks. Did she have plastic surgery to make her eyes bug out or is that makeup?

  28. CES says:

    I’ll take nepotism for $200 Alex.

    • llvanslyke says:

      It looks like they photoshopped them a bit to make the whites bigger and go down further on the eyelid. Creepy

  29. Liz says:

    She’s…interesting…doesn’t always take good photos. She needs to be insanely skinny for the bones in her face to properly pop and give that model look. That being said, the modelling industry needs to change. I’m glad she’s out there and others, who have a new look. …But like the article said, she comes off as such a brat in what she says. She seems a bit bi-polar or moody or something like that.

  30. Mellie says:

    She’s my least favorite in a group of people that I don’t like… 🙂

  31. Lynne says:

    She has no idea how to show or sell with expression. she couldn’t muster … show me smolder…..if her life depended on it.

  32. Kathryn says:

    I’ve always found it annoying the whole “she’s never pictured with men so she must be a lesbian” I mean maybe she is? but also some people are very private with their relationships. I mean I am very private in that way and keep them under wraps I think it’s also our age group though, me and my friends? No one is posting who they’re dating. It’s for you to know and the people who are closest to you that you talk to on a regular basis. I don’t need to post about them on Instagram to 90% acquaintances for attention. Also my close friend has been dating someone for 2 years and has never once put him on social media. Who cares?

  33. Jen says:

    Saying she had to work harder because of her name? She just proved the rumors that she is the dumbest of the bunch true.

  34. Lory says:

    This crap again?! No Kendall, your name actually made it so you could be as dead eyed and lacking a personality as humanly possible and yet be the highest paid model in the business. If you didn’t have your name you would be modeling the latest retail fashions at your local mall.

  35. minx says:

    “It’s the completely opposite.” “Ingenuine.” 🙄

  36. stephanie says:

    Really, she is so clueless. Did her and Kylie had graduate high school? I don’t think they did and that has got to explain how clueless they are sometimes.

    Regardless, isn’t she the highest paid model right now?

  37. Cornish Pixie says:

    “My parents raised me and my little sister …”

    As a Grammar Nazi, I weep for the future. Has this rule changed? If it has, my family didn’t get the memo. I was taught, albeit many years ago, that using “… me and [insert proper noun/prounoun] …” is incorrect grammar. Perhaps they fear the I/me rule?

    Aside from all that, she’s full of crap. IMHO, the whole family would have probably faded into obscurity if not for Kanye Pest.

  38. A says:

    She only became a model because of her last name and family money. I have seen IG models with more potential than her lol she needs to stop talking already

  39. Nev says:

    once Kaia Gerber turns 18 and can dominate Vogue Kendall’s days will be numbered.

  40. JillybeAn says:

    Oh this is just the exact frivolous fun why I love this website.

    This is the kind of article that makes me enjoy my own real life problems. Hers is not a real problem but it’s fun thinking that there are people in the world who think they have these serious problems…

    But I did like her comment about age and accomplishment- that’s pretty insightful for anyone!

  41. Jackie says:

    This comment of hers really had me rolling my eyes: “Most people my age don’t have it figured out as much as I do”. Can she be anymore full of herself?

  42. GirlMonday says:

    I hate when people conflate true difficulty with discomfort.
    She got waaaaaaay more from her name than she didn’t.
    She probably also got a hard time sometimes, but to say the discomfort of someone legitimately not taking her seriously when she showed up with more entitlement than talent, was more impactful on her career than the spring-board that is the Kardashian name, well, that’s just poppycock.

  43. Aubrey says:

    What a stupid question, if she is thinking about getting engaged? Just no.