Model Behavior: The Life of Kendall Jenner

Over the years, the world has watched as Kendall Jenner grew from a shy preteen into a superstar model, walking the runways for the biggest fashion brands in the world. She might not have been the loudest or the most dramatic Kardashian-Jenner sister, but Kendall has made her mark on the world.

Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker / Kendall Jenner / Khloé, Rob, Kendall, Kim and Kourtney / Kendall Jenner.
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Since she was a child, Kendall has always been the sporty, low-maintenance sister. But she knows how to glam it up on the catwalk. Besides modeling, Kendall is also an entrepreneur, dog-lover, painter, and the girlfriend of famous NBA player Devin Booker. She’s more than just a reality TV star.

Named After a Friend

Kendall Nicole Jenner, born in November 1995, was the first child of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner. Although they each had children from previous marriages, Kris and Caitlyn wanted to expand their family together. Kris wanted to stick to the theme of “K” names when she found out she was having a girl.

A photo of Kendall as a little girl.
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However, her closest friend, Nicole Brown Simpson, was murdered just before Kendall was conceived. Kris and Caitlyn used Nicole as Kendall’s middle name to honor her dear friend while sticking with the “K” names. The name was important to Kris because Kendall was born a month after Nicole’s murder trial ended.

The Shy One

Growing up, Kendall was always surrounded by big personalities. She had eight half-siblings, who were significantly older than her, and a younger sister, Kylie, who was also outgoing. With everything going on around her, Kendall kept to herself and was shy. She didn’t have many friends in school.

Kendall and Kylie are hugging as young girls.
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Although she was two years older than Kylie, Kendall usually hung out with Kylie and her group of friends. The two were inseparable growing up and were usually seen in matching outfits as kids. However, her life changed forever when cameras entered her family home to start filming Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Different From the Rest

When Season 1 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered, Kendall was just 11 years old. She was an awkward preteen who wasn’t used to being in front of the cameras. The series focused more on her older siblings, but the occasional scenes with Kendall showed that she was more of a “tomboy.”

11-Year-old Kendall poses for a photo at an event.
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The running joke was that Kendall was more like her Jenner siblings than the Kardashian side because she loved sports, being outdoors, and horseback riding. She was seen as the black sheep of her family, avoiding drama, unlike her mom and older sisters. Kendall got more screen time when she got older.

A Big Transition

Kendall was a regular kid for most of her childhood, but that changed when KUWTK premiered. She was suddenly a reality TV star, which altered many aspects of her life. Initially, the changes were small, but once her classmates heard about the show, it made her school life harder than it already was.

Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner pose on the red carpet.
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Her classmates started treating her differently because they thought KUWTK was weird. Kendall said her peers either bullied her for things her family did on TV or tried to use her for a few minutes of fame. It wasn’t easy, but Kendall and Kylie eventually found ways to cope with their family’s newfound fame.

Big Dreams

Around the time Kendall turned 14, she expressed an interest in modeling. She started doing fun photoshoots with her friends, creating a book of photos to show her mom. With all of Kris’ connections, Kendall approached her to ask if she could start modeling.

Kendall and Kim pose during a photoshoot in the pool.
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It might have caused a big fight between her and Kylie, but that didn’t stop Kendall from pursuing her dreams. She said, “I presented the cutest little modeling book to my mom. And then she did her Kris Jenner thing and made it all come to life.”

Signed and Booked

Shortly after expressing her desire to model, Kendall signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2009. One of her first jobs was the Rocker Babes with a Twist campaign for Forever 21. She had to work hard, running to every casting in New York and Europe.

Kendall is modeling for Forever 21.
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Early in her career, Kendall was featured in a Teen Vogue Snapshot and walked for Sherri Hill at New York Fashion Week in 2011. Kendall had the natural body of a model because she was tall and leggy, but being on KUWTK made it harder to get hired.

School Got Harder

Initially, Kendall balanced her budding career with her school life. She and Kylie were cheerleaders on their high school team, but attending classes became challenging. She started falling behind because her modeling schedule took her all over the world. Kendall was getting busier by the moment.

Kendall is in her cheerleading uniform.
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Not only was she falling behind, but Kendall also found it challenging to be creative in a typical school environment. She and Kylie decided to look into homeschooling options and eventually convinced Kris and Caitlyn to get on board. She later graduated high school in 2014.

No Family Allowed

As her career took off, many accused Kendall of having opportunities handed to her because of her famous family. However, she said it was harder for her to get hired because people knew her family. At one point, she forbade her family from attending her fashion shows.

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Kendall felt her family would distract her from work. She also removed her last name from her modeling cards to be taken more seriously. Kendall said, “I went to the middle of nowhere castings. I worked my way to where I am now.”

A Dream Come True

Kendall has walked the runways for designers like Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and more, but one of her biggest accomplishments was walking in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She had dreamed of becoming a Victoria’s Secret angel, so Kris made her dream come true.

Kendall Jenner walks the runway during the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
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In 2012, Kendall met Russell James, the talent scout for VS models, and her beauty spoke for itself. Days after her 20th birthday, Kendall walked in the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It was a milestone moment, but there was plenty of drama leading up to the big moment.

Who’s Invited?

Leading up to Kendall’s big moment on the VS runway, her family members wondered if they would have seats to watch Kendall strut her stuff. She was torn about letting her whole family come because she wanted the day to be about her instead of her family’s drama.

Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner pose backstage during the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
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Caitlyn had recently transitioned, so there was a lot of press surrounding her father. Kendall initially didn’t want her dad to come, but in the end, she knew it would be important to have her parents there. Kris and Caitlyn cheered Kendall on from the front row.

One Direction Romance

One of Kendall’s first public relationships was with the former One Direction singer, Harry Styles. The two were first linked in 2013 after being spotted on several dates. However, the young lovers split in 2014. Kendall and Styles remained friends and rekindled their romance in 2015.

Kendall and Harry embrace on the couch.
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While their second shot at a relationship ended in 2016, Kendall and Styles stay in touch and are friendly when they see each other in public. They were both too young to have a serious relationship and too busy to spend much time with each other.

Her First Controversy

Kendall has always tried to stay out of the drama, but she found herself wrapped in controversy in 2016. Vogue announced that she would be the September cover girl, saying she was the “breakout model of her generation.” Unfortunately, readers weren’t happy with the decision.

Kendall on the cover of Vogue.
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Fans of the magazine were annoyed because Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, hadn’t let swimsuit or lingerie models in her magazine for several years. However, she allowed a “reality TV star” to be on the cover. Kendall didn’t let the negativity get to her.

Her KUWTK Rule

Kendall wasn’t featured in every episode of KUWTK because she was usually traveling for modeling jobs. When she was home in LA, Kendall was open to filming scenes for the show, but she had one important rule: they couldn’t film or talk about anybody she was dating.

Interview footage of Kendall from KUWTK.
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KUWTK executive producer Farnaj Farjam shared this secret while discussing the final season of KUWTK in 2021. Farjam said if Kendall had not been with her significant other for more than a year, the person would not be included on the show.

She’s a Private Person

Her life might be depicted on TV, but Kendall keeps many aspects of her life private. Kendall’s sisters might be transparent about their love lives, but most people don’t know much about her personal life. Kendall has been linked to Blake Griffin, Anwar Hadid, Ben Simmons, and more.

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However, these men have never been on KUWTK because Kendall didn’t always know people’s intentions. She decided to keep her love life off the series so people wouldn’t try to use her to make a name for themselves.

The Pepsi Scandal

When Kendall got the opportunity to be in a Pepsi commercial in 2017, she jumped at the opportunity. Pepsi has made some iconic commercials over the years, starring Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and the Spice Girls. Kendall was excited to be part of that legacy.

Kendall hands a can of Pepsi to a police officer.
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Unfortunately, her vision of how the commercial would go turned into a nightmare. In the clip, Kendall leaves a fashion show, rubs off her lipstick, joins an unnamed group of protestors, and solves police brutality with a can of Pepsi. It instantly received a lot of backlash.

She Felt Horrible

People criticized Kendall’s Pepsi campaign, accusing her of trivializing “the urgency of the issues and diminishing the seriousness and the gravity” of why people take to the streets to protest. It wasn’t the best career move, and Kendall felt horrible for offending people.

Kendall cries as she talks about the shame she feels from the commercial.
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In a tearful confession on KUWTK, Kendall said, “If I knew this would be the outcome, I never would have done something like this. But you don’t know when you’re in the moment. I just felt so stupid.” It was a big learning moment for the young model.

What Is Kendall Jenner’s Net Worth?

As of 2022, Kendall is worth about $45 million. She isn’t worth nearly as much as her sisters, but she still rakes in the big bucks. In 2018, Kendall was named the world’s highest-paid model. She became a household name for her modeling career within four years.

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Within one year, she earned $22.5 million. Kendall led a generation of new models known as “instamodels,” who became famous in the industry because of their social media followings. She helped the industry move towards influencers as marketers instead of traditional full-time models.

Downside to Fame

While being a world-famous model sounds fun, Kendall said, “I don’t think people understand how lonely it can be. All you’re doing is traveling the world by yourself to do a job and then go back to your hotel alone.”

Kendall takes a mirror selfie in her hotel room.
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It might seem like a glamorous lifestyle, but Kendall said it’s different than people imagine. She has also missed many important times with her family because she is shooting a magazine cover or walking in a runway show. Kendall said she sometimes feels left out from her family because she is so busy.

High Anxiety

Kendall is poised and seems to have it all together, but she has been honest about her anxiety issues. She has suffered from anxiety since childhood, but it worsened when she started traveling alone. On KUWTK, Kendall told her mom about her panic attacks that make her feel like she is “dying.”

Kendall talks about her anxiety in an interview.
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She was once too anxious to get on a plane, so Kris Jenner flew to wherever she was to escort Kendall home. Kendall also revealed that the pandemic gave her social anxiety because she didn’t see anyone for months.

Too Busy to Date

In 2016, Kendall and rapper A$AP Rocky sparked dating rumors after being spotted at a Coachella party. According to witnesses, the two got cozy and seemed “couple-y.” They made headlines again after attending the Met Gala together a month later.

Kendall Jenner walks with Asap Rocky at the flea market.
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However, many sources said they weren’t exclusive because of their busy schedules. Kendall and A$AP made a cute couple, but they moved on with other people because they never had time together. It seems to be a recurring problem in Kendall’s love life because she never stops working.

Who Is Kendall Jenner Dating?

Kendall Jenner is currently dating NBA player Devin Booker. The two were first linked in 2020 after being seen on a road trip to Sedona, Arizona. They took things slow before becoming an official couple. Unlike her past relationships, Kendall and Booker confirmed their relationship in February 2021.

Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker kiss and hug after the game.
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They celebrated their first anniversary in June 2021, with Kendall sharing a sweet photo accompanied by the caption, “365.” Kendall and Booker attended Kourtney Kardashian’s Italian wedding in May 2022, but they reportedly broke up a few weeks later. They needed time apart.

Back Together Again

Within a month of breaking up, Kendall and Booker got back together. The two were seen taking a walk, and she supported him by sharing his new NBA 2K23 cover on her Instagram story. Kendall and Booker took some time apart to see if they could have a future together.

A mirror selfie of Kendall and Booker.
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The couple realized they wanted to be together, and their relationship is going well. The two have been spending a lot of time together, and Kendall even shared a rare PDA moment with Booker on Instagram. We hope this is the relationship that lasts.

Does Kendall Jenner Have Kids?

Kendall is the only one of the Kardashian-Jenner siblings who doesn’t have children. She loves being an aunt to her 12 nieces and nephews, but she isn’t ready to have children yet. However, Kendall does want children one day when she has more time to start a family.

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In an episode of KUWTK, Kendall expressed her desire to start a family. She babysat her nieces True, Chicago, and Stormi for the day. Kris even pushed Kendall to freeze her eggs to keep her future options open, but Kendall is still young.

The Secret’s Out

Even though she is Kendall Jenner, 2020 wasn’t an easy year. But people wouldn’t know because of her privileged choices. In early October 2020, fans were furious to see Kendall and her family jet off for a luxurious vacation for Kim’s 40th birthday.

Khloé, Rob, Kendall, Kim and Kourtney pose at Kim’s Birthday Party.
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Although they said they did multiple tests and quarantined, people felt they were flaunting their wealth when most of the world was struggling. To make matters worse, Kendall also held a huge Halloween party. She told guests not to post anything on social media, but that didn’t work.

Unhappy Fans

In the midst of the pandemic, people felt Kendall and her rich friends were being irresponsible by having a huge Halloween party without wearing masks. Kendall said everyone was tested before entering the party, but that didn’t make anyone feel better about the event.

Kendall is at her Birthday Halloween party.
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Fans were also upset when they found out Kendall asked her guests not to post on social media. It made everyone feel like she had something to hide because the party was large and against guidelines. Luckily, time has passed, and most people have forgotten.

Not a Fan of Social Media

Kendall might have over 250 million Instagram followers, but she is not a big fan of social media. She feels that it makes people seem like they have perfect lives when that is not true. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Kendall said she sometimes wants to get rid of her phone.

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She sometimes feels “addicted” to her phone because “there is no escaping it.” Kendall hates that people think she is always happy and has a picture-perfect life because of her social media pages. But she has shared that it’s not always the case, and she has problems too.

The Easiest to Work With

As the most low-maintenance sister in her family, Kendall is known as the easiest sister to work with. During the KUWTK finale reunion hosted by Andy Cohen, Kris revealed that Kendall was the most easy-going and simplest to collaborate with.

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Kris said Kendall put herself to bed by the time she was seven and would say, “I’m done for the day, mommy, my room is clean.” She has always been an independent woman and knows what she wants. Kendall is apparently the most self-sufficient sibling, according to Kris.

Horse Lover

Ever since she was a child, Kendall has loved riding horses. She once fell off her horse five times in a row, but that didn’t stop her from riding again. Kendall admitted that she would have liked to become a professional horseback rider if she wasn’t a model.

Kendall poses with a horse.
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She said, “Honestly, I think I’d probably be in the Olympics or going to the Olympics for horseback riding. That was always my dream.” While she takes time to ride her horses whenever she is home, Kendall would like to spend more time at the stables.

Very Competitive

Although she is low-maintenance and easy-going, Kendall is known for being very competitive. She must get that gene from her dad, who won the gold medal in the Olympics. She has claimed she is the most athletic one out of her siblings, going as far as making up words to describe her athletic abilities.

Kendall talks about how athletic she is.
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In an episode of KUWTK, Kendall jokingly told Kourtney, “I’m literally built as an athlete. Every blood test I’ve ever done has said I’m over the normal limit of athleticness.” While we don’t know if that is measurable, Kendall is definitely sporty.

She Eats Healthy

While Kendall’s model figure is largely because of her genes, the model tries to eat healthy and works out regularly. She said she follows the paleo diet, eating only organic produce, fiber, and lean meats. Before a big show, she drinks 12 cups of detox tea to get catwalk ready.

Kendall is sitting down for lunch.
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Many have criticized her promotion of drinking detox teas, but Kendall rarely shares sponsored products. She just shared her pre-show routine so that people could understand her routines. We wouldn’t recommend the tea because many contain laxatives.

Friends Are Everything

Kendall is part of a friend group known as the “Super Natural Friends.” It consists of herself, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, and Hailey Bieber. Kendall thinks the name is lame, but it stems from the fact that they have all built incredible individual careers.

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To cement their friendship, the girls got matching tattoos. Kendall’s friends mean so much to her because there was a time when she was younger when she didn’t have friends. She said she spent many days crying in her room because she was too shy to make friends.

Stalker Problems

Another downside to fame is having stalkers. Kendall is no stranger to dealing with stalker situations. One of her first stalker encounters was when a man named John Ford broke into her home and swam in her pool. She pursued legal action, and he was later deported to Canada.

Kendall Jenner arrives at The Fashion Awards.
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She was granted a restraining order from Malik Bowker, who traveled across the country with the intent of purchasing a gun to murder Kendall and himself. Multiple people have gained entry to her home, so she had to get more security.

Another Restraining Order

In January 2022, Kendal filed a restraining order against another stalker who was arrested after crashing his car into her neighborhood security gate. The man was ordered to stay 100 yards away from her. Kendall said it wasn’t the first time this man had tried to locate her.

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Kendall worried for her and her family’s safety, stating, “I am informed that despite being turned away by residential security on several occasions, the man repeated his attempts to see me.” The man claimed he was Kendall’s friend. She didn’t want the situation to escalate further.

A Stranger Gave Her a Gift

It might seem a little creepy, but a stranger gifted Kendall a Rolls Royce for her 21st birthday. An unknown guy handed Kendall and Khloe the car’s keys. That seems quite suspicious, and we wouldn’t accept a car from a stranger even if it were a Rolls Royce.

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Khloe joked, “I was like, ‘What’s the gift, the guy or the car?’ And then this guy hands Kendall a pair of keys to this car, and I thought, ‘Do we even know who this guy is?’” He was apparently a prince, which is still bizarre.

Collector of Cars

While the Rolls Royce might have been a nice gift, Kendall is more into vintage vehicles. She loved racing go-karts when she was young because she got a rush from driving fast vehicles. Now that she is older, Kendall collects vintage cars that she can race at the track.

Kendall drives her Mustang convertible.
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The prized possession in Kendall’s collection is her 1957 Corvette Stingray. She had it restored and enjoys taking it on the road with the top down. Luckily, Kendall can afford to add to her collection because she has the funds to find rare vehicles.

Her Icon

One person Kendall has always looked up to is Cindy Crawford. She is inspired by Crawford’s style and career, hoping to have a long-lasting modeling career like the iconic model. Kendall wants to be on 17 Vogue covers like Crawford.

Kendall Jenner and Cindy Crawford attend the Met Gala.
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Kendall currently has 13 covers. She has been on the cover of Vogue US twice, Vogue Paris, Japan, China, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and India once. She wants to be just like Crawford, and we don’t blame her because Crawford is a stunning legend.

Awkward First Kiss

Before she was a household name, Kendall was like every other teen. She had crushes on her classmates and had an awkward first kiss. When Kendall was 13, she and some friends played Truth or Dare. When it was her turn, she chose “dare” and had to kiss a boy in the group.

Kendall Jenner attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.
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Kendall had to kiss one of the boys from the group in the shower. It was her first kiss, and she looked back on the awkward moment with her family. In an episode of KUWTK, she shared how uncomfortable the kiss was.

Testing Her Fashion Skills

While getting her start in the fashion industry, Kendall teamed up with Kylie to create a capsule collection for PacSun in November 2012. A few years later, she and Kylie created another collection for Topshop. The collection sold out quickly because Kendall and Kylie made it.

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In June 2017, Kendall and Kylie launched a line of “vintage” T-shirts for their brand Kendall + Kylie. The shirts sold for $125 each, featuring logos or images of famous bands and musicians. Unfortunately, the collection didn’t do well because they faced legal issues.

They Didn’t Get Permission

Kendall and Kylie’s T-shirt line featured pictures of artists like Tupac Shakur, The Doors, Metallica, Pink Floyd, and The Notorious BIG with images or logos associated with the Jenners superimposed over them. They used the artists’ pictures without permission, receiving many cease-and-desist letters.

Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner launch their new holiday collection.
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The photographer whose portrait of Tupac was used for the line sued Kendall and Kylie for copyright infringement. Kendall and Kylie removed the shirts from their website and issued a joint apology for upsetting and offending the artists’ families. It was a huge loss for their brand.

Healthy Teeth

Besides modeling and creating clothing lines, Kendall is also passionate about oral care. She partnered with Moon to create the Kendall Jenner Teeth Whitening Pen in 2019. She was also the face of many campaigns for the company that makes toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash.

Kendall shows off her Teeth Whitening Pen.
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While she promoted a tooth whitening pen, Kendall gets her teeth professionally whitened by her Beverly Hills dentist. She has a beautiful smile but promotes products that she doesn’t actually use. It caused many fans to question her motives and the product.

She Loves Big Dogs

Ever since Kendall was a child, she has loved all animals, especially dogs. She grew up with many family dogs and has a beautiful Doberman Pinscher named Pyro. Like his mom, Pyro has displayed his modeling skills alongside Kendall in magazine spreads.

Kendall takes a selfie with Pyro.
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She faced backlash after posting videos of herself riding a horse while holding Pyro’s leash. Fans slammed her for putting Pyro in danger. The dog luckily wasn’t harmed, but Kendall should be more careful. Kendall also said she was “raising a model” because Pyro is always posing.

Not a Chef

While Kendall says she loves to cook, that is debatable, considering she doesn’t know how to cut a cucumber. In an episode of The Kardashians on Hulu, Kendall struggled to properly slice a cucumber while talking to her mom. Kris had to call in the chef to help Kendall.

Kendall is cutting a cucumber in a very silly way.
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Fans said her lack of simple life skills showed how privileged her upbringing was. When the episode aired, Kendall admitted that her knife skills were “lackluster” and laughed off the incident. She made a joke about the scene and moved on.

Fyre Festival Problems

Who else remembers the controversial Fyre Festival? If you need a refresher, it was a festival in 2017 promoted by celebrities like Kendall, but it went horribly wrong, and people were stranded with little food, water, and shelter for days. Kendall faced backlash for her promotion of the event.

Kendall is promoting the Fyre Festival on her Instagram.
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Kendall was paid $275,000 to promote the event, sharing that her followers could buy tickets using her discount code. The post was not labeled as an “ad,” and she deleted it when things went wrong. Jenner later apologized for her involvement, saying she didn’t know that would be the outcome.

Brand Owner

One of Kendall’s most recent business ventures is her tequila brand called 818 Tequila. Once again, Kendall received criticism because the campaign to promote the brand was labeled as cultural appropriation of Mexican culture. The ad featured Kendall on a horse in an agave field.

Kendall walks with a horse through an agave field.
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The picture showed her surrounded by native farmers harvesting the agave. Once the negative comments came in, Kendall disabled the comments on the post, and her representatives declined to comment on the issue. Hopefully, future campaigns will be more thoughtful.