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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rickie on

she looks beautiful she looks liike a hard worker and she doing what she loves good work i say she be in mags flyer everythng

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Nicole on

She’s gorgeous.
And this is hardly anything to talk about. Log on to Facebook or Myspace and you’ll see girls, her age and younger, doing a lot more, in a lot less clothing.

a.m. on

@ p.m. she does look like a younger Khloe. Cute pic.

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Heather on

Kate Moss- 14, Gisele Bundchen- 14, Cindy Crawford- 16, Naomi Campbell-16…. If these famous models could do it at such an “early age”, then why is it sooooo wrong that Kendall is starting at 14? People need to lighten up just a little bit! If you havent noticed kids are doing A LOT of things these days at an early age- some good things, some bad but still- you get my point!!!! I just think everyone making hateful comments are just haters! I guarantee if their children were out there modeling and bringing home the money they wouldnt be complaing!! Congrats Kendall- keep up the great work! You and your pictures are beautiful!

Dar on

If this is her way of enjoying her teenage years. Go for it! She looks beautiful!

Sharon on

She seems like a well grounded young girl, Her family is gorgeous and they all seem supportive of one another. I hope she does well with her career in the future.

Stacey on

Whats the problem wither her modeling?? Nothing innapropriate is showing and I think she looks good.

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