Kendall Jenner Is Going by Just 'Kendall' Now, Thank You

08/28/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Cindy. Twiggy. Naomi. Iman. Gisele. Kendall. (Record scratch.) Wait, when did Kendall Jenner join the pantheon of one-named diva models? We’ve got more questions than answers, but according to the casting sheet from her modeling agency, the 18-year-old catwalker will now be known by just her first name.

Kendall Jenner modelJeff Schear/Getty


Racked spotted the noteworthy name drop on The Society Management’s website, which not only has her mono-monikered on its homepage, but on her standalone portfolio page as well. Other Society Management supermodels, including Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson and Adriana Lima, continue to go by both names, but Kendall appears ready to distance herself from her famous family — a sentiment she’s expressed before.

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“People think that this [success] just came to me. But it didn’t. What I have has almost worked against me,” Jenner told LOVE magazine. “I had to work even harder to get where I wanted because people didn’t take me seriously as a model … 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.'”

We don’t know if this whole “Drop the Jenner” schtick will work considering the success of her TV show and her prolific and significant Instagram presence, but we’ve got to hand it to her: She’s working all her angles, like a true model.

What do you think of her dropping her last name for work? Which fashion shows will she walk in September?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Kendall Jenner , Models

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Katie on

I don’t think she wants to separate herself from them. I think her head is so big just like her mom and sisters that she truly think with the little success that she has had as a model that she is entitled to go by her first name.

lm on

This is news????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jaintn on

Going by one name only. The sign of a true narcissist.

Mamagirl31 on

Pretentious much??? She’s a beautiful young woman. It’s a shame that she has her sisters and mom as an example though. No humility whatsoever… I hate for her to lose hers too.

Linda McMahan on

The two Jenner girls are so beautiful…plus they are thin and tall. Kim is going to be very jealous soon….all of the selfies she takes are sickening. She is short and has such a big butt…I don’t know that she will be able to handle not being prettiest.

Ell on

Nothing says I love my family than dropping your surname.

innerjuju on

Kendall? Are you serious? This family and their self-importance is astounding.

Jennifer on

I can totally see why she would want to do this. She is by far, the most level-headed person in her family. Kendall and Kylie (less so than Kendall), have been fortunate to have Bruce as a father. He has tried to instill in them some values, morals, and a sense of appreciation by making them realize that not all children or people have the things they have or lead the life they do. Kendall definitely has the kindest heart out of all of them.

kartrashianssuck on

Next step, officially changing it to Kartrashian.

Becky on

Oh good night! What a waste of space on the internet.

Bill on

How ironic. Whenever I have an IBS attack I always tell people that I have to go take a Kendall.

Salk on

Oh good gawd!

Salk on

Bill…too funny

kdm on

You will never be on the level of CHER!

Hlw on

Why is this family in the news DAILY? I’m so tired of coming to people.com and seeing them! Does people get paid to print their “news”?

bkable on

If she’s trying to distance herself from the family, I’d start by not appearing on the show

Moneypenny424 on

She’s pretty, but doesn’t have “it” as a model. She is totally delusional if she thinks her name and connections didn’t help her get where she is. Without it, she’d be just another contestant on Top Model.

Lynnette on

If she doesn’t want people to recognize her, she needs to stop being on TV! I can’t believe she thinks she’s in the same category as the other models, sick! The work of Kris Jenner, no doubt

Andrea on

Just when you thought the family couldn’t get anymore egotistical, something like this happens.

Mrs. K on

Please give me a break.

jr on

She is NOT a Kardashian she IS a Jenner! Ridiculous. Why is this news?

Trey1 on

This family is extremely narcissistic. We should expect this kind of behavior.

Joy on

WHO CARES! Really Kendall. WHO CARES!

Mr G on

It doesn’t matter what name she goes by. Kendall or Kendall Jenner. She’s still the next tramp of the family and a “nobody” that no one wants to hear about. We all know you’re the daughter of a pathetic mother and a wimp of a father. not to mention the sister of the queen of all “ho’s”, Kim. Now go away.

Trey1 on

My dog goes by his first name also. That’s a good boy Fido!

Heather on

Why would the writer say he has more questions than answers when he opened the article citing other models who have done the same thing? Just looking for drama.

guest on

Who Cares!!!

guest on

Go to college to get education

ivy on

This girl’s modeling career only happened because of the family connection. There are hoards of gorgeous young woman who try to make it in the modeling industry but fail because they have no way in.Kendall had doors pushed and shoved open fror her all along the way. She has no clue what it would be like to actually work to establish herself. Models like Gisele, Naomi, Cindy all still use their last names. We recognize them by a first name because they have become well established over a long period of time in the industry. Kendall Jenner has been raised in the tradition of a truly narcassistic family.

lolalolera on

that´s bs. she didn’t had to work harder than a regular girl to get into the high fashion world, of course all was easyer for her, her mom is a manager and her sisters are famous.
a normal girl would have to work 1000 times more than her to get there, even in an episode of kuwtk, her sister kim gets her a modeling coach and she starts acting like a diva and run away becouse she didn’t want to practice modeling and runway.

GSUCO2003 on

Who does she think she is? Prince?

Nanu 08 on

Why is this newsworthy????? YAWN!!!! Is she up there with the big girls or still in the wannabe phase?

Snickers on

Of course she wants to drop her last name her family is known as trash!!!

Susan on

If it weren’t for her last name and her mother whoring her out, she’d be another community college student. Oh wait, didn’t mean to insult community college students. She’d be the community college dropout!

June on

She is a pretty girl, but for categorizing her with the top super models like Gisele and Naomi is a bit extreme.

Gina Stoll on

Take a seat, little girl.

ryan r. on

Madonna, beyonce, Cher…..Kendall. mmmmm, no. Not even close. Nowhere near the level of success to be able to just go by your first name. Plus you kind of have to have a distinct name that not many people have for that to work well.

filmsharks on

She dropped her surname Jenner because she wants to distance herself from her father who is turning into a woman.

Alicia on

Kendall can live the life as she believes herself to be but, she will always be a Jenner/Kardashian to the rest of the world. Kendall Jenner will make sure that no one will forgets her……….right Kris??

Susan on

Waaaaa! Call her the “waa-bulance”. She seems to not realize she wouldn’t have gotten her FIRST jobs had mommy not been out there pimping her on the Kardasian show. She should be grateful for 2 recognizable names. Too big for her own britches

MJ on

All of these comments are extremely mean. Do I watch the show.. no.. not anymore.. But that is mostly because of the racist Kanye West. Kendall is a beautiful girl, who has lots of opportunities that we all wish we could have. Her family is what they are, but that gives us no right to judge how hard she works. I am so tired of seeing/ reading such negativity!

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