Kendall Jenner Poses Topless Again, Says Her Name Hurt - Not Helped - Her Modeling Career

07/28/2014 at 03:45 PM ET

Kendall Jenner has proven herself to be a major model to watch, hitting the runway for Chanel, landing a high-fashion ad spread for Givenchy and even posing topless for major magazines (a fact of which her mother is very proud). But lest you think she attained her fashion success by piggybacking off of her famous sisters, Jenner, 18, says that she actually made it to the top in spite of her family name.

Kendall Jenner Love MAgazineCourtesy The Love

“People think that this [success] just came to me. But it didn’t. What I have has almost worked against me,” Jenner says in the most recent edition of LOVE magazine, according to The Cut. “I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn’t take me seriously as a model. Because of the TV show.”

Jenner also throws some shade at the casting agents who wouldn’t take her seriously — and shares a surprising triumph from her auditions. “I went on castings and some people weren’t feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn’t recognize me. I was like, ‘Thank you. Please don’t recognize me,'” she says. (And she proves her commitment to chameleon-like transformation with a few dramatic spreads in the piece, like the one below.)

Sister Kim Kardashian backs her up in the piece, according to The Cut. “She had to work extra hard to gain this respect and to fight for people to see she’s serious. Marc Jacobs gave her a real shot and treated her like any other model … Then Riccardo [Tisci] and Karl [Lagerfeld] gave her a chance and she has proven that she is the real deal.”

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And though Jenner appreciates her sisters’ support, that doesn’t mean she wants them to show it from the front row. “Kim was invited to a lot of the shows that I was in,” she says. “She called me before and was like, ‘Hey, I was invited to the show, I just wanted to let you know. Do you want me to come?’ and I was like, ‘No.'” She also reiterates her position that supermodels were her superheroes growing up — and we can’t help but wonder if she’s on her way to joining their ranks at the rate she’s going.

Thoughts on Jenner’s modeling career? Think she’s going to be huge? Tell us in the comments!

–Alex Apatoff

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bb on

not true – everyone she has modeled for is kim or kanyes friend

liz on

This interview is as real as KUWTK which is to say not at all”

Judy on

“join their ranks”? Supermodels don’t usually pose topless, do they?

Kara on

No, her modeling ‘success’ is because of her name. She is part of a freak show and because of her mother’s brilliant pimping, their family is, unfortunately, a household name.
Now, if she has any lasting success, THAT will be in spite of her name.

KK on

Stupid little girl, there are thousands and thousands of breath-takingly gorgeous talented young women who never get a chance in the fashion world because they don’t have the right connections to even get their foot in the door. So, shut your mouth and count your blessings.

Kristina on

@ Judy, lots of supermodels have posed topless. And imo, She is actually quite a good model from what I’ve seen so far. I’m sure the designers wouldn’t have someone modelling their clothes just because of their name. You have to have some talent/the look. Good for her!

sahali on

Note to Kendall……………..you are delusional, honey.

Kay on

She did have the advantage of not having to struggle to get an agent, and I imagine her name got her in a number of doors to be seen. Those are huge advantages which many aspiring models never have.

innerjuju on

The dear girl actually believes this… (“and Richardo gave her a chance and then Karl did….” Yeah, I have these guys on a first name basis for my sister, too.)

Sue on

..and of course once again she has her clothes off. Get a clue. Hey Kendall we are just not that into you, go away.

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