Kendall Jenner has just pissed off every model in the world
Time someone checks their privilege?
Along with some saucy topless images for Love’s 10th Anniversary Issue, reality star turned model Kendall Jenner had some controversial things to say about her take on the modelling industry. Let’s just say alot of models are outraged, and they should be rightfully so.
Last week, the magazine posted one of the shots on their Instagram with a quote from Jenner herself.
"Since the beginning we've been super selective about what shows I would do ... I was never one of those girls who would do like 30 shows a season or whatever the fuck those girls do. More power to 'em. But I had a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else. The whole combination was very overwhelming and I started to freak out a little bit and needed to take a step back."
How out of touch with her privilege is she?
Many models, Julia Ratner, Teddy Quinlivan, Peyton Knight, Irina Djuranovic and Jac Jagaciak, just to name a few, have taken Jenner’s statement as a condescending dig to their hard work and uploaded Insta stories calling the model out.
Similarly, Teddy Quinlivan, who spends plenty of time on the catwalk herself, also wrote a response on her Instagram: "If you are lucky as a model you might make enough to not be in debt to your agency; maybe even move out of the model apartment." She continued, "Models don't just come from Calabasas... they come from Somalia, the Siberian Tundra, a rural village in China, a trailer park in Tennessee."
As we already know, the fashion industry is infiltrated with models born from wealthy and well-known families. However, like many, they are aware of their privilege.
Take one of Jenner’s best friend. Gigi Hadid for example. When talking about privilege during an interview for Vogue, Hadid has this to say: “I know I come from privilege, so when I started there was a big guilt of privilege, obviously…there are so many girls who come [from] all over the world and work their arses off and send money home to their families like my mother did, and I wanted to stand next to them backstage and for them to look at me and respect me and to know that it’s never about me trying to overshadow or take their place. So when I started out I wanted to prove myself so badly that sometimes I would overwork myself”.
While Hadid is acknowledging her upper-hand in the industry, she shows respect for other models and uses this awareness to work harder to deserve her position in the industry. Jenner, on the other hand, we can’t say the same.
Time for a reality check, Ken.
Words by Jenny Qian