Kylie Jenner is a successful, single, working mom; we should be celebrating her, not churning out the hate
Dethroning Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire takes more than just good looks and lineage; here's the business smarts that catapulted the 21-year-old to the spot
Kylie Jenner is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world today. Yes, that just happened, she just beat Mark Zuckerberg - and no, Kris Jenner isn't holding the Forbes editor hostage, as many are speculating on Twitter. The youngest Jenner is worth $1 billion, whether you like it or not, and those of you who can't stop moaning about the "self-made" bit, let me tell you this - Kylie Jenner is actually the best role model for women in this generation, right now.
Before you pull out sarcastic GIFs of why I might be terribly wrong, think about Kylie's empire. She's strong, independent and a woman who knows how to make money. She's an incredible businesswoman who totally gets what it means to run the show - and she's all of 21.
When she started out with Kylie Cosmetics with a couple of lip kits and a family name that had the potential to overshadow her entire existence, she actually had put in money from her own pocket. She confirmed this to Forbes earlier in an interview that the initial investment in her cosmetics line was with the money she had earned through modeling gigs in 2015. Jenner had paid an outside company to produce 15,000 of her revered lip kits that morphed into a cosmetic line, eventually taking the world by storm.
An accusation that crops up every time someone talks about Kylie's success is this - she bears the Kardashian-Jenner family name and she's obviously rich right from the start. In reality, if you really think about it, Kylie has actually been an insane success in spite of bearing the family name. Kim Kardashian, the most popular and OG Kar, who put the whole family on the map has now been overtaken by Kylie. Not that Kim's doing shabbily - with a net worth of $350 million, she is doing allright. But there is no denying that the fame, wealth and adoration that Kylie has garnered is on her own terms. To compete with someone who shaped reality TV as we know it and win, is no mean feat.
Although it's easy for the internet to bitch about Kylie's self-made status, call her nothing but an advertisement for fillers and surgery, you cannot deny that there's a reason why Kylie is where she is: she has aced the business.
She understands what the millennial and Gen Y wants and she gives it to them, gift wrapped with her signature melting lip logo. She doesn't play on your insecurities - she doesn't tell you to embrace your flaws but instead, shows you what you can have if you give her products a try and if that isn't brilliant as a business strategy, then what is? Learn from Kylie, instead of being jealous of her wealth - she's got it down to the pat.
If this isn't enough, even when it comes to the men in her life, Kylie has always been the one who was not just richer, but bigger. Take her ex Tyga. The bad romance aside, he's worth a puny $3 million dollars in comparison as of 2019. Then there's Kylie's current beau Travis Scott, who isn't broke by normal standards but in comparison to his gorgeous baby mama, he has net worth of $22 million.
Agreed that both of them are successful musicians and that have clothing lines and endorsements but both of them can only hope to be the phenomenon that Kylie is. Which other Kar-Jen sister can add this feather to their cap? None. And we all know, realistically speaking, who wears the pants in a relationship.
So quit being jealous of Kylie, and instead, try to embody this fierce businesswoman side of her because she definitely had a better Tuesday than you just did.