Kris Jenner Defends Daughter Kendall's Nearly-Naked Photo Shoot: 'She Has the Perfect Body'

06/06/2014 at 11:46 AM ET

Kendall Jenner’s topless photos for Interview magazine have elicited some strong opinions from PEOPLE readers (53 percent found the shoot too provocative). Yes, the newbie model is 18, but is she jumping into things too fast? Are some of her spreads too mature? Momager Kris Jenner doesn’t think so.

Kendall and Kris JennerDon Arnold/WireImage

“She’s a model and that’s really her profession,” Jenner told Huffington Post during a live interview Thursday. “Doesn’t she look great? Some people are like ‘She poses topless.’ She’s a model. That’s her profession. It comes with the territory.”

Stage mom Jenner also expressed that Kendall’s figure is the key to her success in the industry so far. “She has like, the perfect body, especially one that wants to be in the modeling business,” she explained. “I don’t know, I got a lot of curves and I couldn’t pull that off. But she always looks remarkable.”

In the shoot (above), Kendall ditches most of her clothes and shields her bare chest with her arms. She shared during the interview that being on the runway and posing for high-fashion spreads has always been her dream.

“To be honest, this is exactly what I wanted to be,” she said. “I was always looking up to supermodels. They were, like, my superheroes,” adding that without her mom and dad Bruce Jenner’s support she wouldn’t be where she is now: “My parents brought up Kylie and me to be workaholics. That’s something I really appreciate.”

Do you agree with Kris? Is Kendall on the right track? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Fashion , Kendall Jenner , Models

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Marisa Beatriz on

Actually not all models pose topless. At the fashion show she did it was option for the models to pose topless but she did it because as her mom said “it would attract more attention.

Even to top models posing topless is a big deal. Some of the top ones contractually stipulate that they won’t do it.

Kata on

Blame these magazines for keeping these trashy people in the limelight.

tapioca on

Supermodels are not heroes.

Kimberley Schmidt on

how sad is that

kdiuu on

What she thought was how much money it would make her.

ProudAmericanWoman on

There are a few things I find disturbing here, and I can speak as a parent of a young teenage girl (and boys): 1. She comments that she has always admired supermodels, they are her “superheroes”. This strongly suggests some seriously superficial and bad values. It’s fine to like models, sure, but superheroes?! Not soldiers, police officers, firefighters, or women out there doing amazing things requiring brains and courage? 2. Her mother only emphasizes her daughter’s looks- never any other quality about her. That’s sad. It must affect her. Does she love her for herself? 3. I saw an episode where the girl went on and on about how she hated and was terrified of doing runway work- it seems that she was or is being pushed into this. 4. I would not ever want my daughter posing nude under any circumstance, artistic or not, and Kris Jenner has pushed this before- including Playboy!- on her other daughters. I’m sorry, but what mother wants porn for her daughter? This woman has no scruples, no decency. You give birth to a girl and you know your duty is to protect her innocence. She does the exact opposite. She makes me sick and I feel bad for her children. Her lifestyle better be worth it because the one after it will be hot and uncomfortable, and not as pleasant!

Mr G on

What kind of mother encourages her child to pose nude for the world to see? It’s sad that her kids are too stupid to realize their mother is prostituting them out at all cost to line her own pockets. They are the ones that will have to live with their despicable, disgusting and immoral reputation long after she is gone. Kris is without a doubt the most despicable, classless, immoral, unethical, pathetic mother on this planet.

Falk on

She poses topless.’ She’s a model. That’s her profession. It comes with the territory.” No, it comes from parents with messed up priorities and no ethics. Everything goes.. even if the girls are minors. As long as there is money and exposure, lets throw our minor girls to the wolves.. Our bodies are beautiful, but but a line has to be drawn or culturally and ethically we are going to sink even deeper into the muck..

Bettie on

Really? Kris Jenner is a dingbat. Personally I feel for Bruce! He seems like the ‘sensible’ parent,

Observer on

She makes Billy Ray Cyrus look like a saint. I cannot imagine encouraging my child to take off her clothes for the public to see. If my 18 yr old child insists in doing it, that’s her. But I will never agree to it.

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