We Need to Talk About Kendall Jenner
The 19 year old California girl is a certified reality star, the face of an eponymous fashion line (along with her sister Kylie) and has even written a book (allegedly). But can she be also be talked about as a model?
There has been much debate over whether the second youngest daughter in the Kardashian Klan has earned her spot in the modeling world. Surely having a famous family is the only reason that Kendall has been walking in the most high-profile fashion shows the past two seasons. She can't possibly be as talented as the models who work their way to the top on their own.
That argument is moot, in my opinion.
While Kendall may be a member of one of the most recognized families in pop culture, she is also certainly talented. Her features are All-American with a twist, making her interestingly beautiful in a way that all models are. While her runway walk is pretty basic, it is also not exactly conventional. She has a way of conveying mysterious emotion in photos, something that is very appealing to many designers and advertisers. That look invites the reader to wonder what secrets she may be hiding, and incidentally what brand she is wearing.
Yes, Kendall is most well-known for being a member of the Kardashian family. Being on Keeping Up with the Kardashians was the reason she skyrocketed into fame. But in the end, luxury brands like Chanel and Balenciaga would not be casting her in their shows if she wasn't a good model.
Although her fame is definitely bonus publicity for the brand, Kendall still has to perform. It's one thing for PacSun to capitalize on her fame and another for a mega-corporation like Estée Lauder to hire her to be a face of their brand. Long known as one of the most prolific and sophisticated cosmetics brands on the market, Estée Lauder only hires models who truly exemplify what they stand for. Past faces have included Paulina Porizkova, Elizabeth Hurley and Anja Rubik. Current models who represent the brand are Joan Smalls, Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen and, now, Kendall Jenner.
Without her reality-star fame, Kendall Jenner would still be modeling. She would still be walking in high-profile shows. She may not be opening or closing those shows, as she does now, but she would have a career. As it stands, Kendall's career is keeping up with the likes of models Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne. Her appearances at Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and Diane von Furstenberg have caused splashes the past two seasons. By my standards Kendall Jenner can definitely be called a model, a model on her way to becoming a star.