BECOMING K ENDALL By Laura Brown.
It was a fateful day. February 2014, New York City. Kendall Jenner, of reality-show fame and a family big on K’s, walked in the Autumn/Winter ’14 Marc Jacobs show, wearing a sheer bronze knit and kicky ’60s trousers, her long, dark hair covered by a blunt chestnut wig. As they say in France, there was a palpable frisson. Now Jenner has 31 shows, an Estée Lauder campaign, and here, her second shoot with Karl Lagerfeld under her belt. She’s the hardest to keep up with of all. This shoot is quite the metaphor. Coming out of a box – like when you arrived in fashion. Kind of. It was really exciting, actually. I remember the Marc Jacobs show, which was my first really big show and my coming out. Before walked it I didn’t know how everyone would react to me. But no one knew I was doing it. [Stylist] Katie Grand cast you, right? Yes. My agents tried to trick me at first. They were going to tell me I didn’t get it, but they were too excited, so they were like, “Aw, screw it, you got the show.” I was like, “Oh, my God!” I almost started crying. It was fun. Karl Lagerfeld has said you’re the girl of the moment. How do you make this moment last? I started this hoping that it would have longevity. I didn’t come into this thinking it’s going to be a fun thing that I’m going to do on the side. It’s something I want to do my whole life. It’s a career, so I needed to be really gentle with it. We had to pick and choose things very specifically. Tell me about when you first met Karl. I’m really shy when I first meet someone – and to meet him was even worse. He would say something to me and I would just nod. It was like meeting a crush or something – I was mute. He probably thought I was the biggest weirdo. Then, every time we’d see each other, it would just get better and better. Now we’re totally BFFs. What have you learned from him? I’ve actually learned to be a better model. Whenever I shoot with him, he gives me some tips, little things, pointers. He makes me feel good when I’m working with him – we have good chemistry now. Okay, some word association. Karl is … Amazing. That was boring, though! Hmm. Funny? Has great hair? Has amazing hair! How did you make friends with your Instagram pals Cara Delevingne, Joan Smalls, and Gigi Hadid? Just through work. I think it’s super important. You have to be around these girls for work, for parties, for events, for shows, especially. It’s good to have a set of girlfriends that you can stand being around. You have to be around these people all the time! Cara Delevingne is … Amazingly crazy. We balance each other out. I chill her out and she makes me fun. Blondes or brunettes, who has more fun? I’m a brunette, and I have a lot of fun. How many pairs of shoes do you have? Um, I’m too embarrassed to say. I have a problem – I need to go to rehab for shoe addiction. The last pair I bought was some Giuseppe Zanottis, thigh-high. Outfit you most regret? If I look back at episodes of my shows, I’m like, “Oh, God!” In one I’m wearing green denim pants, full neon green. What first attracts you to someone? Really beautiful eyes. What’s your dream date? I don’t know, a nice dinner. I love, like, being outside at night. I know that sounds really random, but I love being on the beach or anywhere outside at night. I think it’s beautiful and romantic.