Kendall Jenner struggled launching a modeling career in 2014

‘It was hard!’: Kendall Jenner, 25, reveals ‘people didn’t want to hire me’ as a model at age 18 because she was already famous from Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Kendall Jenner thinks her fame made it difficult for her to be taken seriously as a model.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star admits having a famous family has meant she has had to work even harder to make a success of her modelling career which kicked off in 2014 at age 18 when she became the face of Estee Lauder.

‘In the topic of offensiveness to some of the things people assume about our family, I think everyone around me, whether friends or family, knows how hard I worked and ​work,’ said the Vogue favorite.


From 2014 to 2019: Kendall Jenner has said she worked hard to build her modeling career; seen left in 2014 for Tommy Hilfiger and right in 2019 for Versace

Not easy: ‘In the topic of offensiveness to some of the things people assume about our family, I think everyone around me, whether friends or family, knows how hard I worked and ​work,’ said the Vogue favorite while on the KUWTK reunion show on Sunday

Turns out Kendall had to hustle to be taken seriously.

‘I did everything that I was supposed to do and had to do to get to the position I’m at now as a model,’ said the star who signed with Calvin Klein as a teenager and now works for Versace and Fendi.

‘I went to every single casting, ran all over not only New York City but all over Europe trying to get a job and make my way,’ added the daughter of Kris Jenner.

The 25-year-old model and reality star knows she had a ‘platform’ because of her fame and the show – which aired from 2006 until 2021 – but she claims people ‘didn’t want to hire her’ because she was on a reality TV show.

It worked Kenny! ‘I did everything that I was supposed to do and had to do to get to the position I’m at now as a model,’ said the star who signed with Calvin Klein as a teenager

The hustle: ‘I went to every single casting, ran all over not only New York City but all over Europe trying to get a job and make my way,’ added the daughter of Kris Jenner

Speaking on the family’s reunion show, hosted by Andy Cohen, she added: ‘Of course I had a platform, I never took that for granted. I always knew that was there.

‘That almost made my job a little bit harder only because people probably didn’t want to hire me because I was on a reality TV show. I definitely worked my way to where I am now.’

Jenner is now considered one of the top models in the world with a reported worth of $45M. 

Meanwhile, Kendall previously admitted she has ‘learned a lot’ from beauty shoots.

She said: ‘I learn a lot from being on set. What taught me most about how to do my own makeup is just my own face and finding out what looks good on me and what doesn’t.’

KUWTK held her back: The 25-year-old model and reality star knows she had a ‘platform’ because of her fame and the show, but she claims people ‘didn’t want to hire her’ because she was on a reality TV show; seen this year

Also on the reunion, Jenner opened up about Devin Booker being her ‘boyfriend’ for the first time.

While the couple have shared numerous pictures of each other on social media, including celebrating their one-year anniversary last week, the model has only just spoken about the professional basketball player.

She said: ‘He’s my boyfriend.’

And Kendall admitted she has preferred to keep her relationship with the Phoenix Suns star out of the spotlight, particularly after seeing her elder sisters Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian go through ‘marriages and relationships and break-ups’ publicly.

She has a good relationship with the brand: For many years Kendall has represented Calvin Klein; seen here in 2019

Even more upscale: And in 2020 the 5ft10in star worked for lingerie brand La Perla

She said: ‘I feel like it’s always worked better for me that way. No offence to my older sisters at all, but I think that Kylie [Jenner] and I specifically have had the opportunity to watch our older sisters go through marriages and relationships and break-ups and do them pretty publicly.

‘It was personal preference from a really young age. I think it makes my life a lot easier and our relationship a lot better, to be honest … I just feel like it’s a private matter and not for anybody else to judge or know.’

Kendall also insisted she doesn’t ‘only date basketball players’, but admitted she is a fan of the sport and is ‘not ashamed’ to have a type.

Speaking on the second part of the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ reunion, she added: ‘No, I don’t actually only date basketball players, if anyone’s ever done their research.

Still very much in Vogue: The looker on the May 2021 cover of Vogue Hong Kong

A good team: She has also modeled with Kylie Jenner for Kylie Comsetics

‘I’m not ashamed that I have a type, and I’m also a genuine basketball fan.’

Last week, Kendall shared photos of herself with 24-year-old Devin, including one which showed them snuggling up together as they played with a dog, and another which saw them cuddle together on what appeared to be a private plane.

On Devin’s account, the basketball star posted a trio of snaps from the pair’s time together, one of which was captioned ‘365’ and another ’52’, in relation to the number of days and weeks in a year.

Her love: Also on the reunion, Jenner opened up about Devin Booker being her ‘boyfriend’ for the first time. While the couple have shared numerous pictures of each other on social media, including celebrating their one-year anniversary last week, the model has only just spoken about the professional basketball player

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