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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Lisa on

they make them look a certain way. she is average looking who cares about them.

Kelson on

I don’t understand why people had problems with this photo shoot. Kendall is 14 years old. She was on the beach. She work swimsuits and beachwear. None of the pictures were provocative in any way. I think it is amazing that some people are so lame, they come up with an excuse to complain about that. People who are so quick to judge should really take a few minutes to look in the mirror at themselves first.

reagan on

She’s 14 years old, for Chrissakes. Put on a sweater.

Cali on

THIS isn’t the photo that had everyone upset…..

stephanie Evans on

I agree with shane. Take advantage of these days….. she has every right to be a model. I love this family.

Kim on

Leave the girl alone, it’s no ones business but her PARENTS and they approve.. you see a lot younger in a lot less in public…worry about REAL issues.. like hunger, homeless, getting our men home safely from war, every kind of violence out there that we have… save your voice for those things!!!

ChauNgoc on

These days model life is really popular soo at teenagers. This picture is really innocent anyway and a lot of girls have photos posing on the beach in their bikini. Now everybody is just supporting her…i give her 2/3 years that what kind of model she will be (actually being naked minimum at the upper body photo is a part of every top/succesful/famous model’s job)

Jenna on

OMG Kendall looks just like Khloé!!! It’s amazing!!!

Jeanine on

I think she looks great and is plenty covered up for her age. Even if she had the top showing it would be fine….14 year olds do wear bikinis. I hope she does stay true to what she says about not growing up to fast…..which I don’t think dad would let happen. Congrats on the photo shoot….you are stunning just like the rest of your family!

Elda on

she’s got the long legs like models do, that’s for sure!

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