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Kendall Jenner has recently managed to make a name for herself as a legitimate model, somehow convincing the fashion industry to forget about her reality family ties and give her a chance to succeed on her own. Kendall says she worked just like any other new face, attending castings and was glad when people didn’t recognize her from the hit tv show:

”I was like, ‘You know what? I want to be high fashion. I want to be taken seriously.’ People think that this [success] just came to me. But it didn’t. What I have has almost worked against me. 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. I went on castings and some people weren’t feeling me because of my name. But it was great when people didn’t recognise me. I was like, ‘Thank you. Please don’t recognise me.”’

Kendall adds that she had to be harsh and move her family away from her fashion appearances, so she even asked her older sister Kim not to attend shows she was walking at:

”Kim was invited to a lot of the shows that I was in. 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.”’

Kim says she is proud of Kendall’s hard work and thinks she has fought very hard to get to where she is now:

”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. He believed in her and opened the door for her. Her hard work paid off, and that makes me so proud.”