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EXCLUSIVE: Kendall Jenner Responds to Critics of Her Bikini Pics

07/28/2010 at 02:00 PM ET

Her recent Malibu photo shoot had her proud older sisters blogging her praise — and got critics buzzing, as well. Now, 14-year-old Kendall Jenner tells PEOPLE how the beach shoot came to be — and why she’s excited to be a model. “I am excited to be working as a model, doing what I love to do.” The Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star says her family is on board with her decision to model. “My entire family was very supportive, though my dad [Bruce Jenner] was a bit concerned at first, he knows that I am responsible enough that I wouldn’t do anything I wasn’t ready to do, or didn’t want to do.” Kendall may be inspired by supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Gisele, but she’s not looking to grow up too fast either. “Going into this shoot, it was never my intention to be provocative or too racy. It was a beach shoot, and I was wearing beachwear. I am happy with my age, and am not trying to rush into anything too soon. I look forward to all the milestones my teens have to offer–Sweet 16, turning 18, and so on.” Luc Brinker, Kendall’s agent from famed modeling agency Wilhelmina affirms that the budding catwalker is on the right path, telling PEOPLE, “Kendall exudes such a high level of confidence and know how for her age. I’m sure that it comes from having such a great family that gives her endless support and is constantly encouraging her to shine. I think it’s the most important thing that a young models can have.” –Jessie Goldberg; Reporting by Michelle Tan

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Sharon on

She does look just like Khloe in this picture! Leave her alone…I’m sure she will be fine, she has all those big sisters looking out for her! There’s nothing wrong with the picture.

Len on

C’mon you guys (those who are hating i mean)…there is nothing wrong with what she is wearing. all girls her age wear that on the beach! she is not showing anything inappropriate here.

ooshpatch2 on

She is absolutely stunning to the point I thought she had to be in her late teens or early twenties… The problem I have with this is why she is modeling in a bikini… who are the audiences that they are trying to reach here? I would probably say men… now tell me how this doesn’t encourage young girls that have barely gotten through puberty that it is ok to do this and get men’s attention… I think that until she is able to take care of herself then something a little less “sexy” would be more appropriate… I just think that it is sending the wrong message and I don’t agree with what most of these 14 year olds are wearing now anyways… I have an 11 year old girl and just cringe thinking that this is coming lol… I mean the first thing I thought when I saw was a Victoria’s secret model which is geared to sell “sexy or sex” and that is the message that she is sending whether it is a provocative pose or not… again not to take away from her beauty just think that we shouldn’t encourage our little girls to grow up so fast and try to look too sexy before they can make good sound decisions when the opposite sex approaches them…

Julia Sugarbaker on

I worry about her not because she is a model, but
for the fact that she is around those sailor
cursing sisters of hers! I hope her father spends
his time with the two younger girls as Kris
is not a good influence on any of the girls. She
is so money hungry and encourages them to do anything and/or say anything for a buck. Bruce is
the only reasonable one in the whole family. Oh,
brother Robert has a little sense too.

jamijo on

Oh my, I thought that was Angie Harmon. Go figure.

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jean on

wonder who wrote that statement for her?

mica on

WORK IT KENDALL!! She looks great! Although she could pass for 16 or 18 she stills looks good. And I agree with one of the other bloggers, she looks just like her big sister khloe. I dont see anything wrong with her wanting to model, and i dont see anything wrong with this photo shoot. If thats wehat your dream is…to model, then go for it sweetie. I do hope you keep in mind that you are only 14 and that there is no need to ruch to grow up too fast, but other than that do your thang. I wish the best for you in this, modeling is tough and hard work and hopefully you wont be one of those young celebrity/models on the news or in People Magazine 2 or 3 years from now that got caught up in the industry and end up extremely frail and skinny trying to please these agencies. But I think with curvacious and hardcore sisters like the Kardashian sisters, I dont think we that will be an issue.
Good luck sweetie.

arc on

She is not a Kardashian!!!

rkg on

who wrote this for her

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