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Kendall Jenner Lands Vogue 'It Girl' Status Well Before Sister Kim Kardashian

02/17/2014 at 11:44 AM ET

Kendall Jenner VogueDavid M. Benett/Getty

Once Anna Wintour thinks you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

The same day that Kendall Jenner, 18, made her high-fashion modeling debut in a completely sheer shirt at the Marc Jacobs show (where the Vogue editor had a front row seat, of course), she also appeared on the Vogue website wearing hot-off-the-runway fashions as they were styled by the designers. Then the two hopped on the same flight to London to make appearances at London’s Fashion Week, where they were spotted sitting front row together at the Topshop show on Feb. 15.

“Anna is very savvy about upcoming ‘It girls,’ and very much has her finger on the pulse,” says Laurel Pinson, editor-in-chief of StyleCaster. “When she takes a girl under her wing, a Vogue cover or high fashion campaign is usually on the way. She’s done it for a lot of girls, like Rooney Mara and Taylor Swift.” And Marc Jacobs (a longtime Vogue darling) is a great point of entry for up and coming starlets — he’s featured the Fanning sisters and Miley Cyrus in recent campaigns.

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Of course, this might be creating family drama in the Kardashian household, as Jenner’s half-sister Kim Kardashian has been part of a longtime lobbying campaign on the part of fiancé Kanye West to land a Vogue cover — with no luck so far. Though he scored Kardashian a ticket to the Wintour-hosted Met Gala (after years of her being rumored to be on the “do not invite” list), he hasn’t been able to land her that coveted Vogue photoshoot. In fact, she was even cropped out of a Vogue slideshow of the Best Dressed at the Met Gala, leaving a photo of West holding a disembodied hand (slide 66).

“Anna is interested in charismatic people, and has respect for talent. Kim has no talent,” says another fashion industry insider. “She’s going to have to work really hard to build her stock up at Vogue because she was so tabloid-y for so long, and honestly, not that stylish. Its gotten way better — she’s definitely chic now, but that is all Kanye West’s influence, which reads as disingenuous.”

Jenner, on the other hand, is young enough that she hasn’t established her persona yet, and doesn’t carry that supposedly tainted Kardashian last name, which works in her favor. “She’s buzzy,” says the insider. “She’s tall, she’s skinny, and she’s wholesome and pretty. She’s also already been modeling, and creating a name for herself. The fashion world is fickle, but I can definitely see her having a moment.”

See one of Jenner’s modeling shots for the Vogue website below, and tell us: Do you think she has what it takes to be a Vogue “It Girl?” Think Kim is fuming somewhere right now?

–Gillian Telling

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slemon on

Kim on the cover? What a horrible thought. Short, stubby and past her prime….

Lix on

I tend to agree with Anna!

Jessica on

I am not a fan of the Kardashians but I like Kendall Jenner for several reasons!
-She has talent because she has the face, body and attitude of a model.
-She has a career goal! She’s been building her resume by doing campaigns and walking runways
-In interviews she comes across as a sweet and goodnatured, and not fake. She might not be like that in real life but she knows how to represent a brand with class.
-She’s not overexposed in the tabloids

tnt on

Po Kim, she will always be known for her porn video with that disgusting repulsive RJ! Nothing else. She’s not pretty, her body is deformed, she has no torso, very strange. She’s the polar opposite of how a true model looks. She should never be allowed on Vogue, I will and I’m sure thousands others will stop buying Vogue if she’s ever on the cover.

Kendall can hopefully get out of that very disturbed, money hungry family. She’s fortunate she doesn’t share the embarassing Kardashian name.

tnt on

Kim is a ‘b’ rated porn star at best . Kanye is getting himself a real winner and a great role model for their daughter. Lol

Lisa D'Ambrosio on

Hopefully Kim is concentrating on her baby daughter, not some Vogue pipe dream….

sunni on

Well, She is a Jenner not a Kardashian. I think that sums it up.

MRcph on

Reblogged this on The laundry chat and commented:
By the look of this picture, Kendall Jenner seems to have moved up much faster in the fashion world than her sister Kim. I sense some sister jalousy!

Back when on

Read the b

Back when on

Read the body language. Kendal is leaning in and Anna is leaning away. She’s embarrassed.

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