When you think of the word “model,” the names that probably come to mind are Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and yes, maybe even Kendall Jenner — all who enjoy the privilege of getting to pick when are where they work.
But those types of models are few and far between. Most working models have to go to casting after casting, trying to book as money gigs as possible to make a living doing what they love.
Well, apparently Kendall doesn’t run in this crowd because she completely dissed all models who have to work their way to the top (aka anyone who wasn’t born with a silver spoon).
In her recent interview with Love magazine, she said,
“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.”
“Whatever the fuck those girls do?” Really, Kendall?
Of course, her attitude is not surprising. Her momager nearly made her a “supermodel” overnight. Kendall’s first high fashion runway was for Marc Jacobs at NYFW 2014. Prior to that show, Kendall had only walked in three other runway shows (yes, that’s three total).
So she didn’t exactly work her way to the top or “whatever the fuck those girls do,” as Kendall would put it.
Naturally, models who have had to work their butts off were furious. Some of the best tweets came from model Daria Strokus, who wrote,
“‘Whatever the fuck those girls do’ is do their very best to make their way up AND try to make some money so that they can provide for themselves and their families… Oh, and it’s 70 shows a season by the way and we all are fucking proud of every single one of the girls that did it.”
Model Impy also took to Twitter, recalling all the grueling work it takes just for her to make a living.
“Most girls don’t have a choice but to walk every single show and catch red eyes and spend 14+ hours a day going to castings and fittings in order to establish themselves.”
“I would fall asleep on hard wood floors at castings and on every 15 minute car ride I had and call people to meet me at castings just so I could eat and she most definitely had everything catered to her….. my migraine. I’ve never once saw her at a casting but every fitting we had together, as soon as she walked in the show room, everyone dropped what they were doing to get her fitted and was never in a show room for more than 20 minutes! She refused to walk rehearsals and that’s tea.”
Kendall’s rep (note: NOT Kendall herself) has already released a statement and said:
It’s not what she meant. The quote was taken out of context. Mid-thought she realized the number of shows some models walk a season is closer to 80. The point was that it’s their path and ‘the more power to them.’ She admires their hard work and dedication. It’s an accomplishment.”
Wow. What a load of bullshit. Whether or not the quote was taken out of context, that’s clearly not what she meant. She may not have “meant” to insult the other models but her attitude was cavalier and yet another example of how truly 1% she is.
Kendall has never known what it’s like to have to earn her way in the world. And while she’s tried very hard to brand herself as a “hard-working model,” this paints a very different picture.
Later in the story, Kendall mentions that she has so many job offers that she gets overwhelmed and has to take a break. Not everyone has the luxury of getting to take a break from work and even more so, know that there will still be jobs waiting for them when they choose to return.
The saddest part of the whole thing is how ignorant Kendall chooses to be. This is certainly not the first time Kendall has done or said something tone-deaf (ahem, Pepsi, ahem). She chooses to live in her own little bubble. And what does she do when her actions blow up in her face? She hides. She never commented on the Pepsi incident and she hasn’t commented on this Love magazine quote either, rather having her reps do the dirty work for her.
To be clear, this is not an attack on supermodels or on celebrities. There are many celebrities who were born into wealth and yet still take it upon themselves to educate themselves.
Kendall’s BFF Gigi Hadid is actually a perfect example. Despite being born into wealth, Gigi has tried her best to use her platform for good, and although she doesn’t always get it right, she’s out there trying. Not to mention that designers and makeup artists are constantly praising Gigi and her sister Bella for how they are backstage and how lovely they are to work with.
It’s not Kendall’s fault she was born into privilege. But abusing that privilege? Yeah, that’s all on her.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she’s not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.