Kendall Jenner on how the Kardashians harmed her modelling career
An interview with Love magazine
A model on the rise to super stardom in her own right, Kendall Jenner has been taken under the wing of Katie Grand from the outset – casting the 18-year-old in her first major runway appearance for Marc Jacobs, and more recently placing her firmly on the cover of LOVE magazine. In the issue, Jenner takes part in a candid interview about how her family's Kardashian-Jenner reality TV shows have made it more difficult for her to be taken seriously as a high fashion model.
"I want to be high fashion. I want to be taken seriously... People think that this just came to me. But it didn't. What I have has almost worked against me. I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn't take me seriously as a model, because of the TV show," Jenner explains. "I went on castings and some people weren't feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn't recognise me. I was like, 'Thank you. Please don't recognise me."
Kim Kardashian agrees. "She had to work extra hard to gain this respect and to fight for people to see she's serious. Marc Jacobs gave her a real shot and treated her like any other model. He believed in her and opened the door for her. Then Riccardo and Karl gave her a chance and she has proven that she is the real deal. Her hard work paid off, and that makes me so proud."