From the moment Kendall Jenner first set foot on the runway and in front of the cameras just a few short years ago, she’s faced an enormous amount of success and adversity — one day walking the biggest fashion shows on the planet, and the next contending with being referred (alongside BFF Gigi Hadid) as “b—-s of the moment“. But any doubts about her supermodel bona fides can officially be put to rest, because she’s achieved the Holy Grail of all modeling assignments: the September cover of Vogue.
For the fashion magazine’s biggest issue of the year, they naturally decided to go with a model they’ve championed from the very beginning; over the years they’ve given Kendall numerous spreads inside their pages as well as a special limited-edition cover back in June.
Alongside the cover and editorial, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot wearing a suit from Gucci’s Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection, Jenner opens up for an in-depth interview with writer Jonathan Van Meter, who refers to the model as “utterly and completely a child of the modern digital-reality-celebrity-besotted culture we now live in. For all intents and purposes, she is child zero, born smack dab on the fault line of a tectonic paradigm shift and raised in the belly of this strange new beast, experiencing nearly nothing of the world that came before.”
Despite being a social media space alien, Kendall opened up inside the magazine’s pages, touching on her meteoric rise to fame and how she differs from her sisters, saying “I’ve always been super different from all my sisters, especially my Kardashian sisters. They’ve always been into the glam thing and dressing up every day and being in the thick of it. Part of me loves that, but at the same time, I love dressing down and having my private life.”
She also touched on her emotional first accidental run-in with her parent Caitlyn Jenner (whom Kendall knew as Bruce for most of her life), telling Van Meter: “My whole life we would, like, catch her and we would be like, What is going on here? I think we know, but do we? At one point, Kylie and I thought he was cheating on my mom, because he had makeup and nail polish. One time we found those squishy boob things. We found wigs. And then one time I actually ran into her. In this house. She had no idea.”
The model goes on to point out the transition was particularly difficult for her since she felt like Caitlyn was the one who always encouraged her interest in rough and tumble outdoor sports. “We had ATVs and go-carts, and I grew up riding them all the time, which is why I’m a good driver,” Kendall says. “It’s super-ironic to think about now, but it’s something I can thank my dad for: how much of a tomboy I was. That’s why I think the whole thing— her transition— was really hard for me, because I was like ‘But you taught me everything tomboy!’”
And though she loves her life as a model, Kendall admits, “people [don’t] 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 by yourself. It’s a different life than you imagined,” but also one she still clearly greatly enjoys. She continues, “This is a career—I want this to last for a long time. Not that I won’t venture out and do other things, but I want this to be like a Cindy Crawford thing: I want it to last until I am her age. That’s why I love her so much and why I look up to her: Her life now is something that I want my life to be like.”
And it seems Jenner is almost there, checking one more box off her supermodel in the making checklist. Now that she’s got (deep breath) the cover of pretty much every major national and international fashion magazine, too many campaigns to count, a turn on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, and now the Vogue September issue cover all firmly under her belt, what modeling milestone could the reality-turned-catwalk star possibly aspire to next? Her own monograph with Gigi (who modeled for the mag’s cover in August!) can’t be too far off. Hey, if Kim can have one, why can’t KenGi?
What do you think of the cover?