Supermodel Kendall Jenner has always felt like the odd one out in her famous, rich family
|National Post 18 Apr 2019 at 12:45|
She has more than 100 million followers on Instagram, belongs to one of the most famous families on the planet and is currently the most sought-after â and highest-paid â supermodel in fashion.
But donât call Kendall Jenner, the second-youngest Kardashian sibling, a millennial icon. âItâs weird for me to call myself that,â says the 23-year-old over the phone, in her friendly but reserved Californian drawl. âI try not to think of myself as an icon too much.â
Whatever you make of Jenner and her four sisters â Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and Kylie â the Kardashian clan have certainly redefined the business of being a celebrity for the 21st century.
And however Jenner wants to describe herself, she joins forces, this week, with an incontestable fashion icon, Tiffany & Co, on its spring 2019 advertising campaign â one of the jewellerâs five new female ambassadors, alongside fellow models Carolyn Murphy, Imaan Hammam, Mica Arganaraz and Fei Fei Sun.
This is one of the first brands that Jenner has endorsed since she broke her silence over her involvement with the now infamous Fyre Festival. Having been paid a reported $250,000 for a single Instagram post promoting the festival, Jenner was widely lambasted when its failure to launch left attendees and many who worked on it out of pocket.
âYou get reached out to by people, whether it be to promote or help or whatever, and you never know how these things are going to turn out. Sometimes itâs a risk,â she told The New York Times last month.
Kendall Jenner walks the runway at the 2018 Victoriaâs Secret Fashion Show on November 8, 2018 at Pier 94 in New York City. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Not the only controversy to plague the model (in 2017 she received tremendous backlash after starring in a Pepsi advert, which was widely thought to exploit the #BlackLivesMatter movement), the last few years have been anything but straightforward for Jenner. After experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, she took a break from the catwalk and has spoken about her struggles with mental health.
âHonestly, the last four years for me have been really telling. Iâve gotten to a really good place in life,â she says. Now back on the catwalk (this season she walked in Versaceâs autumn/winter show), she says she balances her modelling career with time spent riding her horses in her native California, and practising transcendental meditation.
Jennerâs selling power, on or off the catwalk, is rivalled only by her sistersâ, and sees her catapult pieces to cult buy status on a near daily basis. We have her to âthankâ for both the micro-specs and cycling shorts trend, while the Ganni cowboy boots she wore at Coachella last weekend are set to become the footwear of the summer.
But Jenner hasnât always been comfortable with how she looks. âMy sisters are a lot curvier than me,â she says. âThey have boobs and I donât have boobs. Growing up being this little twiggy girl, I saw my sisters and always thought âOh no, am I supposed to be more sexy, like them?â â
For someone who has walked in the annual Victoriaâs Secrets show since her teens, has been the face of La Perla lingerie and who stars in Calvin Kleinâs underwear campaign, Jennerâs allure can hardly be called into question.
However, at 5-feet-10 and with supermodel proportions, itâs true she doesnât have the trademark Kardashian curves: âI almost felt like I didnât fit in for a part of my life.â
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In fact, when it comes to the Kardashian pack, Jenner is often described as the lone wolf. Physicalities aside, she is the only sister not yet to have children (21-year-old Kylie gave birth to a daughter, Stormi, last year) and is known for being more private then her tell-all siblings; she kept her year-long relationship with basketball player Ben Simmons under wraps until early this year.
âIâm not necessarily a lot like them,â she says. But the self-confessed ânerdâ of the family says sheâs made peace with her differences. âI like that I have a different vibe to everyone. I like to do different things. And thatâs OK.â
One thing that all five sisters clearly have in common is entrepreneurial spirit. The family is a masterclass in monetizing influence and the art of the portfolio career â 38-year-old Kim has just revealed that she is pursuing a career in law, while Kylie was declared the youngest-ever self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine last month.
âWeâre a very female-heavy, work-driven family,â says Jenner. Wealthy, too, of course â together, theyâre worth around $1.7 billion, while speculative estimates of Jennerâs personal annual income range from pounds $30 to $40 million. And Jennerâs not shy about spending her money: âItâs an empowering feeling to be able to give yourself a little gift that you know youâll love for a long time.â Her self-gift of choice? Though sheâs known for her collection of classic cars, sheâs on brand today, agreeing diamonds are a girlâs best friend.
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On the subject of diamonds, could an engagement ring be on the cards soon? If Jenner could receive a Tiffany blue box from anyone, she says, it would have been her celebrity crush, Audrey Hepburn. Though the actress died two years before she was born, âIâve always loved her and thought she was incredible.
âI love learning from other women and feeding off each other and supporting each other,â Jenner adds. With friends including fellow supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Cara Delevingne, not only does she belong to a powerful female dynasty, sheâs part of the most influential girl gang going.
To that end, her most treasured possession? âFemale relationships,â she answers, with certainty. âTo have women around me now â whether itâs friends or family â itâs super important for me.â
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