In the blink of a flashbulb, Kendall Jenner has gone from teen reality star to catwalk phenomenon.
With four times as many Instagram followers as Barack Obama, Kendall Jenner has a habit of breaking the internet. When you factor in star catwalk appearances for Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Balmain, it’s quite possible that Kendall is the walking, talking, Instagramming embodiment of the teenage dream. Poised at the top of the inaugural Dazed 100, it’s clear that the Kendall Jenner-ation is up.
This season, Jenner also walked for Fendi, Givenchy, Balmain, Sonia Rykiel, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana, In a remarkable rise that’s left more than a few people in the fashion industry scratching their heads.Jenner’s drive to succeed reflects some of the obstacles she’s faced in making her career jump – number one being perceptions of her family.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians, one of TV’s best-known reality series, has divided audiences across the planet since first airing in 2007.She certainly isn’t doing it for fame, the spectre of which has astouned and displeased her in equal measure since the age of eight.
“I think my mom and dad have an incredible work ethic and we’ve grown up around it,” Jenner says of this drive. Her father, Bruce Jenner, is a world record-setting Olympic decathlon gold medallist and motivational speaker, long considered a national hero. Her mother, Kris Jenner, is the momager and media architect behind the family’s branding empire.On rumours of bitchy behaviour at the hands of other models, Jenner says not a word of it is true. “That has never happened, ever,” she says. “I would see rumours of girls bullying me backstage and putting cigarettes out in my drink, and none of that has happened. Everyone’s been really cool to me. I’ve never had one girl be mean… so far.”Whether or not you believe she can be taken seriously beyond cameos with her sisters on the E! network, Jenner’s future is looking brighter than ever.“You can’t take anything personally in this business,” says Jenner, sounding like a seasoned pro. “Follow your dreams, but there is a lot of criticism. You have to brush it off. Everybody is looking for something different.”