intro: While her sister Kim Kardashian is trying to “break the Internet” by posing nude on the cover of Paper magazine, Kendall Jenner is trying to make a name for herself as a model. In fact, just this morning, the 19-year-old was announced as the new face of Estee Lauder.
Jenner is part of a new generation of high-end models blessed with celebrity DNA. She joins the likes of Patrick Schwarzenegger, who recently posed for Tom Ford with Gigi Hadad, the daughter of a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member.
But, Jenner said she’s not interested in playing a big role in her hard-to-ignore family, especially on the Kardashians' reality TV shows.
"Everybody knows I’m like a little more shy, especially when I was younger, I was super shy,” she told ABC's Juju Chang in an interview for "Nightline." "When I was a kid, I was so homesick at all times. I would go to a friend’s house and I would be 'alright, I’m gonna have a sleepover, Dad.' He would be like, 'great.' I would call him at like 9 p.m., 'Dad, come pick me up please.'"
Fighting off the naysayers, Jenner even dropped her last name from her modeling card.
"I’m not trying to use a family name of anything,” she said. “In reality I worked pretty hard for this... It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened.”
“Nightline” asked her a few other things fans might not know about this member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Read more below.
quicklist:1 title: She’s the New Face of Estee Lauder text: Jenner landed a massive cosmetics contract – the Holy Grail for a model – as the newest face of Estee Lauder, which was announced today.
“Estee Lauder is one of the most prestigious brands in our entire business,” said Jenner’s modeling agent, Chris Gay of The Society Management. “Kendall has a multi-ethnic looking face, so frankly, she’s going to appeal to people all over the world.”
Jenner said joining the Estee Lauder family was one of the biggest breaks of her career, followed by walking in a Marc Jacobs Fashion Week show in February. Jenner, then 18, wore a see-through top and fierce make-up on the runway, and many people were shocked by the revealing outfit.
quicklist:2 title:By The Way, She Has No Regrets About That Risqué Runway Walk media:22516863 text:“Who's going to argue with Marc Jacobs when he’s putting you in an outfit, you know what I mean?” Jenner said. “It was an amazing moment. And I do not regret it.”
In fact, with 16 million Instagram followers and over 9 million Twitter followers, Jenner occasionally posts scantily clad selfies.
quicklist:3 title:The Weirdest Rumor She Ever Heard About Herself Was... text:“There’s definitely a million,” Jenner said. “But some of the funniest ones I think are just whenever like anytime I’m seen out with a male I’m always dating them and most of the time it’s usually just a longtime friend so I think it’s funny to see that.”
quicklist:4 title:Her Celebrity Crush Is... media:24882170 text:“I mean I always go for like Ryan Gosling or something but honestly I can’t even really think of anybody else, let’s just say Ryan Gosling."
quicklist:5 title:Her Most Embarrassing Moment Was in a 5th Grade Spelling Bee text:“Instead of spelling ‘swimming’ the normal way I spelled it S-M-I-W-W-I-N-G and I thought I nailed it, and then I obviously didn’t,” Jenner said. “And then everybody laughed at me and made fun of me for like the next three days."
quicklist:6 title:She Has Several Nicknames text:Much like how her sisters Kim and Khloe will go by “Kiki” and “Koko,” Kendall said she too has a string of nicknames.
“It depends like what your relationship is with me and some people call me ‘Ken’ some people call me ‘Kenny.’ Kenya’ is a big one, ‘Killa,’ those are it,” she said.
quicklist:7 title:Her Favorite Junk Food Is... text:“Fritos Chili Cheese chips.”
quicklist:8 title:Her Favorite Movie Is... text:“Moulin Rouge,” Jenner said. “It was just a movie I watched like all throughout my childhood so whenever I re-watch it it’s just always the best.”
quicklist:9 title:She Loves Being in a Huge Family media:22516997 text:“I’ve always been a huge family person,” she said. “Growing up with such a huge family, it was just amazing, so coming home to that is always awesome and … it makes me happy.”