A hugely successful reality TV show, fame, fortune? Sounds like the life of luxury to me, but Kendall Jenner explains it isn’t that simple.
And her comments actually make a lot of sense.
In an interview with V magazine, Jenner explained that she wasn’t taken seriously because of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“You have no idea how many doors closed on me and how many adults were either initially reluctant to take a chance working with me or who outright laughed at me behind my back,” the now-successful model said. “It was kind of hard because all I was doing was going on go-sees, trying my best to break into this business as a teenager.”
She said even other models would bully her.
“I am so grateful to Marc Jacobs, Riccardo Tisci, Karl Lagerfeld, and Katie Grand, who took a chance on me that first season and gave me opportunity,” Jenner added. “My parents taught me that work ethic is one of the most important keys in life, and I believe it.”
Jenner has since settled into her life as a successful model, quickly becoming a household name and face.
She has been seen on runways for Chanel, Givenchy and Diane von Furstenberg, among others. She’s the new face of Calvin Klein jeans and just revealed that she will soon have a billboard on the famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
“This will be my first billboard on Sunset, which I’m ecstatic about,” she said. “It’s really humbling, and honestly, I am a pretty shy person, but being part of the Calvin campaign and seeing myself up there will be a dream come true. I might have to eat every night at Chateau Marmont with that hanging over my shoulder. ‘Oh yeah, that little thing? I didn’t notice!'”
(Chateau Marmont is a popular, upscale Los Angeles restaurant, which many stars like to frequent.)
Of course, she still gets her fair share of rejection. The new Victoria’s Secret Angels were just announced, and despite rumors that Jenner campaigned furiously for a spot with wings, she didn’t make the cut.