Kendall Jenner is being referred to as the “breakout model” of her generation after landing the cover of what is arguably the most coveted magazine cover of 2016 — Vogue‘s September issue.
The cover’s headline reads: “Generation K. Kendall Jenner: The Face That Launched A Billion Likes,” and inside the issue, Jenner talks about how she got her start in the modeling world and her rise to success, admitting that she feared no one was going to take her seriously.
“Two years ago, when I first started this, I thought: This is going to be so embarrassing. No one is going to accept me, and it’s going to be a complete failure,” Jenner told Vogue.
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) August 11, 2016
Kendall also admits that watching her older Kardashian sisters helped her learn how to navigate being in the spotlight. However, she assures Vogue that, although she and her sisters have a lot in common, they have a lot of differences as well.
“I’ve always been super different from all my sisters, especially my Kardashian sisters,” Jenner explained. “They’ve always been into the glam thing and dressing up every day and being in the thick of it. Part of me loves that, but at the same time, I love dressing down and having my private life.”
Kendall added that “It’s almost, like, empowering to know that no one knows we’re sitting here right now—because it’s not usually like this. Every day, I have to find a way to escape; I have to go borrow someone else’s car. Sometimes it takes me an hour to figure out how to get rid of these guys who have been following me all day. And the second that I feel it getting the better of me, I have to go chill myself out—go take a bath or something to, like, disconnect from it. It keeps you real and sane and humble.”
According to the article, Marc Jacobs was the one who jump-started Kendall’s career two years ago after casting her for his fall 2014 show. Since then, Jenner has appeared in every one of his shows and two ad campaigns, and Jacobs assures us that Kendall did this all on her own, not on the merit of her sisters.
“We wanted to book her on her merit as a model, not because she’s a Kardashian,” Jacobs said. “Every bit of her success is a testament to her hard work and her passion.”
“Marc invited my whole family to that first show, and I was like, ‘I love you guys, but can you please just not come?’ I was trying so hard to be taken seriously, like, ‘Guys: This is not a joke or a stunt; this is what I want to do with my life.’ I had to prove that I could do it,” Kendall said. “And now I feel like I’m a part of something. I feel I have accomplished something that is mine.”
— E! News (@enews) August 11, 2016
Speaking of Kendall’s Kardashian sisters, Kim Kardashian West also commented to Vogue about her younger sibling’s success as a model, especially coming from a reality show.
“She had her eyes focused on exactly what she wanted to do and she made it happen,” Kim said of Kendall. “I think being a Kardashian worked against her. Coming from a reality show, people look down on that—a lot of people in the fashion industry don’t respect that world.”
Vogue‘s September issue will feature 800 pages of fashion, along with a special poster of Kendall.
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