Why do fellow supermodels hate Kendall Jenner so much?
Kendall has attracted professional jealousy and a host of disparaging remarks in the press, on social media and even within the fashion industry
Kendall Jenner was recently hailed the top-earner in the modeling industry, raking in a whopping $22 million in 2017, dethroning Gisele Bundchen, who held the title of queen of the catwalk for 15 straight years.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is also the most-liked supermodel on Instagram — she has a whopping 85 million followers, the second highest following ahead of model gal pals Cara Delevingne with 40.7 million, and Gigi Hadid, who has 36.7 million.
But despite all her achievements at such a young age — she's just 22 — Kendall seems to be receiving shade from all sides. She has attracted professional jealousy and a host of disparaging remarks in the press, on social media and even within the fashion industry.
According to an exclusive report by Radar Online, things have gotten worse after she was named 2017's top earner in the modeling industry. Other supermodels apparently think she doesn’t deserve her hefty paycheck.
An insider told Radar Online that the reality star’s colleagues in the catwalk think “she’s trash,” adding that her famous family was the reason why she gets those high-paying gigs. This even though she's got the approval of famous designers — she has walked for Alexander Wang, Fendi, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, and more this year alone.
Some critics argue that Kendall is only a model because she’s a reality TV star. There were claims that the models feel like it’s unfair that Kendall gets a spot on the runway quite easily. They argue that she’s hired only for her fame and her social media following.
Among the most unimpressed with Kendall's new title, according to Radar Online, are seasoned models Alessandra Ambrosio and Gisele Bundchen.
Apparently, the two, along with the other supermodels, have always predicted that Kendall was “nothing but a fad” and will eventually fade away in the limelight.
However, modeling gigs and endorsements are continuing to flow and Kendall just might remain in the spotlight for a long time.
“The news that her paycheck tops them all was a very bitter pill to swallow for a lot of models,” an alleged source revealed.
Many others argue that Kendall is no match for the Big Six — Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington — who are considered the true supermodels.
Aging supermodel Stephanie Seymour even went on to call Kendall and Gigi Hadid “b**ches of the moment.”
So is there are model war out there?
Tyra Banks, talking to Vanity Fair, acknowledged there is a war being waged at all levels between old school models and social media queens.
American TV personality and style expert Robert Verdi said Kendall, and even Gigi for that matter, is not magic.
“Rich kids are in style. There’s definitely a truth to the fact that these girls are models of the moment and they have the zeitgeist of what our culture’s about. They have the Instagram following. In another day, these girls are not real models. Yes, they are photographed and airbrushed and they look O.K. in some of the shoots. But these are not Linda Evangelistas; these are not Naomi Campbells. These girls are not magic,” Verdi told Vanity Fair.
However, despite her famous name, Kendall has tried to make it on her own merit. She has also admitted that she wants to be taken seriously in the modeling field and be recognized for her skills and not her reality TV fame.
“People didn’t take me seriously as a model… I went on castings and some people weren’t feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn’t recognize me. I was like, ‘Thank you. Please don’t recognize me,'” she had said years ago.
But this "hatred" for Kendall is not something that developed overnight. Her meteoric rise as a professional runway model had sparked the ire and resentment of some of her colleagues way back in 2014.
At New York Fashion Week (NYFW) that year, Kendall, who was 18 then, was allegedly bullied by her fellow models, who even went so far as to put cigarettes out in her drink.
An insider told InTouch Weekly that fellow models "started acting b****y". Some even put out their cigarettes in Kendall's drink, the insider told the publications.
Two years ago, two models that Kendall has worked with, Lexi Boling and Binx Walton, bullied her with cruel comments on NYFW Instagram snap.
Lexi, 21, tagged her friend Binx, 20, in the comment: '@binxwalton she's never looked better,' with a crying with laughter emoticon.
Binx replied: 'That's f****d up,' with the same animated laughing face.
The two comments have since been deleted from the Vogue Germany photo, but the horrified responses from Kendall's followers still remain.
Kendall has explained that her reality television roots had made it difficult for her during castings. And despite the millions she makes and the soaring popularity, it's not exactly been a cakewalk for Kendall. Earlier this year, in April, she was shamed and criticized for her involvement in a controversial Pepsi ad in which she appeared to facilitate peace during a protest by handing a police officer a can of Pepsi.
Many felt the ad was a tone deaf appropriation of a photo of a Black Lives Matter protester approaching officers. Pepsi pulled the ad, admitting they “missed the mark,” and issued a public apology. Jenner got emotional while addressing the backlash: “I would never purposely hurt someone ever,” she said.
All said and done, Kendall has worked hard to build a career in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is ruthless, but thankfully Kendall seems to be handling the haters like a true pro.