Kendall Jenner On The Kardashian Haters: "People Weren't Expecting Us To Be Taken This Seriously"

BY Maddison Glendinning / Jan 31 2017 / 16:30 PM

The in-demand model opens up about the struggles she's faced in the industry

Kendall Jenner On The Kardashian Haters: "People Weren't Expecting Us To Be Taken This Seriously"
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There has long been tension within the fashion industry around working with the Kardashian family. Some have wholeheartedly embraced the clan (Balmain's Olivier Rousteing and Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci among them) but others have not been so welcoming.

Kendall Jenner has spoken in the past about the difficulties she has faced breaking into the modelling world thanks to her family name and the 21-year-old recently spoke to the Telegraph about the struggle saying, "I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn't take me seriously as a model. Because of the TV show. Because of the Kardashian name." 

She credits big sister Kim with helping to break the mould, noting that the now 36-year-old had already begun making inroads into the high fashion world alongside husband Kanye West. "[Kim] and Kanye had come into that world and started breaking it a little bit but I came in not too long after. I think that people weren't expecting us to be taken this seriously," she admitted candidly, before satisfyingly adding, "It was almost like a 'screw you' to everyone that thought we couldn't do it."

She says that the confidence she's developed as a result has helped shift her perception of herself and taught her to not care so much about what the haters think. "I've become a different person. I have a lot more confidence that comes from the job. Those years from 18 to 21 are the growth years where you really start to find yourself. I did a lot of that while I was travelling the world, while I was working." Though she admits to craving a sense of normalcy in her otherwise hectic life. "I don't like feeling abnormal. If I can do anything within my power to try and feel the least abnormal and still be safe, then I'm cool."