EXCLUSIVE: Kendall Jenner Responds to Critics of Her Bikini Pics

07/28/2010 at 02:00 PM ET


Her recent Malibu photo shoot had her proud older sisters blogging her praise — and got critics buzzing, as well. Now, 14-year-old Kendall Jenner tells PEOPLE how the beach shoot came to be — and why she’s excited to be a model. “I am excited to be working as a model, doing what I love to do.” The Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star says her family is on board with her decision to model. “My entire family was very supportive, though my dad [Bruce Jenner] was a bit concerned at first, he knows that I am responsible enough that I wouldn’t do anything I wasn’t ready to do, or didn’t want to do.” Kendall may be inspired by supermodels like Cindy Crawford and Gisele, but she’s not looking to grow up too fast either. “Going into this shoot, it was never my intention to be provocative or too racy. It was a beach shoot, and I was wearing beachwear. I am happy with my age, and am not trying to rush into anything too soon. I look forward to all the milestones my teens have to offer–Sweet 16, turning 18, and so on.” Luc Brinker, Kendall’s agent from famed modeling agency Wilhelmina affirms that the budding catwalker is on the right path, telling PEOPLE, “Kendall exudes such a high level of confidence and know how for her age. I’m sure that it comes from having such a great family that gives her endless support and is constantly encouraging her to shine. I think it’s the most important thing that a young models can have.” —Jessie Goldberg; Reporting by Michelle Tan

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Blair on

She is as gorgeous as everyone else in that family! Happy to see she is enjoying being a kid.

Jennifer on

I think she has turned out to be a beautiful girl. Her chest is not on display and she is wearing something that most 14 yr old girls wear on the beach. She is not even sitting provocatively.

Jessica on

Gorgeous….yes. They all are. But enjoyng being a kid? Seriously?? No 14 yr old KID should be posing for these kinds of pictures.

Claudia on

Many models start at a young age and many model in less than this. Look at several at the Victorias Secret models and how young they were when they started modeling underwear! Why is she being criticized for modeling a bikini? she looks great, stop hating on her people!

Cindy on

I think she does look good but why can’t she be 14 for awhile. These young girls are in such a hurry to grow up.

Sam on

Good for her. Shes following her dream. Go Kendall!

keli1222 on

Sounds like there are alot of jealous people out there……

anonymous on

she blows the rest of the kardashians away wow she is so gorgeous and NATURAL, move over kim and the rest of you, your all OLD NEWS (and botoxed news lol) baby sister is beautiful!

Shane on

Oh good lord….she is young and gorgeous.
Please, she has plenty of time to wear sweats, stretchy pants and old lady clothes. This is the time for her to be young and beautiful and enjoy it.
The puritans should keep their mouths shut.

pm on

She is beautiful, she looks like her big sis Khloe

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