Kendall Jenner Said Breaking Into Modeling Was "Harder" Because of Her Reality Show
She would sometimes leave her last name off at casting calls.
Kendall Jenner is clearing up some misconceptions about her modeling career. During the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians: The Final Curtain Part 2" reunion special, Jenner opened up about how hard she worked to break into the modeling industry, adding that her platform and fame did not give her an added edge. In fact, she says if anything, it hindered her.
"In the topic of offensiveness to some of the things people assume about our family, I think everyone around me, whether friends or family, knows how hard I worked and still work," Jenner said. "I did everything that I was supposed to do and had to do to get to the position I'm at now as a model. I went to every single casting, ran all over not only New York City but all over Europe trying to get a job and make my way."
She continued, "Of course I had a platform, I never took that for granted. I always knew that was there, but that almost made my job a little bit harder only because people probably didn't want to hire me because I was on a reality TV show."
She even went as far as to leave omit her last name at some casting calls and prohibit her family or camera crew from attending fashion shows she was modeling in. "I definitely worked my way to where I am now," she said. "I think it's just a perception people have that I just was like, 'Give it to me' and I had it. It definitely was not that."
The reality star also opened up about her relationship with NBA star Devin Booker during the reunion. When the host Andy Cohen asked about her interest in basketball stars, Jenner said she wasn't ashamed of her type.
"No, I don't only date basketball players if anyone's done their research," Jenner said. "I'm not ashamed that I have a type, and I'm also a genuine basketball fan."
She also admitted that she likes to keep her relationships from the public eye. "I feel like it's always worked better to me that way," she said. "No offense to my older sisters at all, but I think that Kylie and I specifically have had the opportunity to watch my older sisters go through marriages, relationships and breakups and all of these things and do them pretty publicly."