In Defence of Kendall Jenner and Her Cover Shoot Photographer Debut

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Love them or loathe them, they Kardashian-Jenner clan are clearly doing something right.

Last week news broke of Kendall’s debut into the photography world. A debut most photographers spend their lives dreaming of – shooting the cover for a magazine. The shot was of Ariana Singh-Hicks, an 18 year old from Toronto pictured wearing Burberry for British magazine Love. Technically, it’s not Kendall’s complete debut since she did shoot for the British magazine last summer but let’s be real, shooting the cover for a mag is a pretty sweet gig for the model.

When the news broke, those around me turned their noses up. “Did you hear Kendall Jenner is a photographer now?” Oh, of course she is”, were the sarcastic responses. I’ll admit I was a little surprised to hear she had been responsible for the cover shoot along with the fact that the model captured was in fact a girl that she casted herself but I felt the response was unfair.

Yes, ok the wealth surrounding her and her family can be seen as little vulgar at times and some of their actions over the years have been a little questionable. To an extent, the Kardashian-Jenner clan have a little bit of luck to thank for their fame but they took what should have been a simple 15 minutes of fame and turned it into an reality star, fitness guru, make up expert, tech entrepreneur, fashion haven, Victoria’s Secret model (to name a few of their ventures) and created an absolute empire.

Kendall’s name undoubtedly helped her get to where she is but so did her ambition, drive, compassion and hard work. She’s always seems to be aware of the luxuries her name extends to her and the doors that it has the ability to open for her but she’s also shown determination to make it on her own, through authentic hard work. We’ve seen this in her determination to keep her famous family from her first Victoria Secret show. We’ve seen this in frustrated interviews. We’ve seen this in the family’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality tv show where she openly talks of how she wants to be able to make it on her own. This might be slightly naive on her part but the intention is there and let’s be honest, if we were granted the opportunities that are available to Kendall and her famous family, would we not snatch them up and hold on tight to them? Don’t try to tell me you wouldn’t.

Aside from the Kardashian-Jenner name, so much of making it in your industry comes down to who you know these days. A totally unfair reality but one that can’t be denied. This is particularly true when it comes to the fashion industry. I’m pretty lucky that my mum is amazing at networking, knows a lot of people and has some incredible contacts who have had my back and been so keen to lend a helping hand over the last year of trying to work my way into the fashion industry. Admittedly, for a while it became a slight insecurity and I felt that people knocked the fact that I got a job or I was offered an opportunity because my mum knew someone. Yes, my mum or one of her friends may have been the connection that got me the email address or phone number that I needed but it was me who put my CV together, me who interviewed and me who worked my ass off to make sure I got the references I needed to secure more internships and make more contacts. I got help getting there between incredibly helpful former employers helping me to write cover letters, friends of friends meeting me and giving me a list of contacts and especially from my very patient Momma who has helped me with nearly every professional email that I’ve ever had to send but at the end of the day, I was the one who had to prove I was worthy of the job or internship every day that I turned up to said internship.

Maybe that has a lot to do with how I feel about the unfair reactions to Kendall’s latest venture. Personally, I think it’s pretty cool that she’s investing in her love of photography and welcoming opportunities to see where it goes. She was the one casting the model. She was the one who laboriously sat and edited the photos. She was the one who got the killer shot for the mag. As I mentioned at the beginning, having the photo that you not only shot but casted on the cover of a magazine is a pretty big deal. It’s the cover of a magazine. It’s the first thing that someone sees when they see it on shelves and is a massive factor on their decision to purchase the magazine or not. I’ve watched the editors and the art team at work debate the cover photo and witnessed just how much thought goes into choosing the cover. Love took a massive risk on letting Kendall shoot the cover and they obviously had faith in her skills. Her surname shouldn’t take away from that.

My feelings on this have a lot to do with women tearing others down but that’s a whole other blog post that I’ll save for another day. We should be congratulating Kendall and admiring her skill rather than making fun of her for pursuing a passion. Yes, maybe it’s just a phase and she’ll be trying to make it to the top of another industry in a year’s time, but how many of you can say that your picture featured on the cover of a magazine? And besides, even if it is a phase, who cares, she’s doing it pretty well and deserves to be congratulated for her work.

Let’s give the gal a break and let her have her moment.

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