KENDALL – THE ONLY KARDASHIAN WORTH KEEPING UP WITH.
EASILY THE MOST REFINED OF THE KARDASHIAN CLAN, SHE’S FOUND SUCCESS, AND FAME, WITHOUT THE TAINT OF TABLOID HEADLINES.
Bateman lookalike called Scott. Bruce, meanwhile, transitioned into Caitlyn – a whole secular hagiography. In February this year the family signed a $128m, four-year contract extension. By then, Kendall and younger sister Kylie, will have been on TV for more than half their lives. Kendall and Kylie, once ganglier and more awkward than their stepsisters, now breathtakingly, magma-level hot, have had the defnitive experience of growing up in public. “We didn’t have a say,” says Kendall. “And how could we have a say? It was in our home… I was [a kid] when the TV show started. I don’t remember what it was like before.” It’s hardly surprising that Kendall is comfortable on display. It’s what she knows. What’s genuinely hard to believe, though, is that Kendall got the chance to move into a parallel realm – fashion modelling – and, taken seriously, is excelling. See, for all Kim’s Vogue and Harper’s covers, she’ll always be NW at heart. With fellow BFF Insta-model starlets Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss, Kendall forms what, for the frst time since the ’90s, can be considered a legitimate gaggle of neosupermodels. They are pretty and perfect and ever-posting, and Kendall – KENDALL! KEN-DALL! – is their queen. In Paris, between mob jostlings, she walked for Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy and then Chanel. How? Because, from the outside, Kendall feels kind of real – no small achievement. Her Instagram, an implausibly charming mishmash of youth, insouciance and bling, sometimes starring her fellow models, has more than 28 million followers. It feels fresh, as well – neither too slick nor overly cultivated. Unlike everything else her family’s done for the best part of a decade, Kendall’s mostly built her career away from TV, even as she popped up on KUWTK. And when yours is arguably the world’s most famous surname, constantly maligned for ‘being famous for being famous’, crafting a gig mostly off camera feels like the height of authenticity. “I told them from the beginning, I was like, ‘OK, love you guys, but we’re not gonna do this,’” she says. “‘You’re not gonna follow me to shows, you’re not gonna be with me on this ride.’ “And I didn’t do it because I felt like I had to prove something. This is a career that I’ve always wanted.” She may have inherited fame, but Kendall Jenner is something new. She’s the ultimate product of what is an ever-evolving, ever-improving American dynasty. She is the Kardashians’ JFK; the family’s slickest reveal yet. Kim 2.0: minus the sex tape and colossal arse. Time, then, to form an orderly queue. n
“I TOLD THEM FROM THE BUT WE’RE NOT GONNA DO THIS. ME TO SHOWS, YOU’RE NOT
BEGINNING, ‘OK, LOVE YOU GUYS, YOU’RE NOT GONNA FOLLOW GONNA BE WITH ME ON THIS RIDE.’”