We love to hate and hate to love the Kardashian Klan, obviously though most of that is driven by envy. We want their lives, their status, their success. We watch their reality shows and read about them in the media, all the while thinking thoughts like “Why can’t I afford to wear Balmain around the house?!” Some of us believe that they are undeserving of their fame, talentless socialites without a single philanthropic bone in their bodies. But regardless of how they achieved their status, you can’t deny they work hard. And despite being born into one of the most socially and aesthetically influential families of the 21st century, second youngest Kendall Jenner has proven that she is of the same worth of her iconic siblings.
The modelling industry can be a gruelling one: early mornings, long hours, constant travelling, bitchiness, stress, pressure to look a certain way; it’s no wonder models rarely smile. But Kendall has persevered, despite criticisms on her professionalism, despite allegations that she’s been bullied by other models, she has remained focused and made a career for herself, following in the entrepreneurial footsteps of the Kardashian name.
And although her family connections have helped her establish a name in the modelling world, she isn’t the only one. Cara Delevigne, Gigi Hadid, Sophie Dahl, Georgia May Jagger, and Daisy Lowe all earned their careers through their well connected families. Yet even so, in an interview with Love magazine, she’s stated that despite people thinking that her success just came to her, her reality show fame has worked against her modelling career as casting agents often don’t take her seriously. She’s had to work even harder to shed that image.
Kris Jenner, the mother and leader of the Kardashian/Jenner dynasty posted an emotional Instagram tribute to her second youngest daughter on Tuesday praising her for her efforts, whilst on the plane to Paris for Fashion Week. Explaining why she’s a #proudmama, she stated that Kendall has done “whatever she is asked, to follow her dream”.
Kendall Jenner’s first campaign for Forever 21
Jenner closing Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Couture Show
Stealing the Balmain show for Paris Fashion Week
She’s came a long way from her first campaign for Forever 21, since then she’s walked catwalks for an abundance of famous designers, including Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Givenchy, and Karl Lagerfeld. She’s become the face of Estée Lauder and Calvin Klein, and even closed the Chanel Couture show as the bride, and now Paris Fashion Week, where on Thursday she stole the show in two of Olivier Rousteing’s designs for Balmain, and yesterday closed the Elie Saab show.
Recently she also partnered up with Rock the Vote and Independent Journal to do a campaign video to encourage more women to vote. She used her international modelling status and her influence on the younger generation to educate them on the history of the suffragette movement. A big change from using her social media presence to promote make-up or clothing to her 38 million Instagram followers.
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