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.

GQ (Australia) - - INSIDE GQ - BEN SMITHURST WORDS SE­BAS­TIAN KIM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.’”

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