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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Sarah on

seriously… she is wearing a bikini which they make for like infants.. and she is even wearing a cover up… people need to chill out!

Jesse on

Models start young. Fourteen is not too young for a model. Just how the business is. This shoot isn’t provocative at all. She is gorgeous, and if she can make it as a model (without the anorexia/bulimia/drug use/etc.) then let her. It’s up to her parents not us to choose and judge here.

Lindsay on

Her photos are gorgeous and she should be proud of them. I think that as long as she is happy and the pics being taken of her are tasteful, keeping in mind her age, she should have at it!

Lisha on

Wow, I saw the rest of the photos and I can agree with the others who say that it’s WAY too sexy for a little girl. She looks like a grown woman already. She’s beautiful but it’s just too much what girls are wearing these days. A little kid (which is what she is at 14) shouldn’t be wearing all that makeup and revealing clothes.

Barbara on

Tastefully done, shows nothing,and she IS 14. Nothing provocative about this. Guess some want to be prudish about EVERYTHING that doesn’t include them or their family. She is pretty, as most 14 yr olds are (my granddaughters are lovely at that age) and yes, they do have bodies. But she is NOT showing anything off such as cleavage, butts hanging out, etc. If this bothers someone, they most certainly need to not go to any beaches in the near future.

melody on

Absolutely gorgeous!

celebhound on

She’s fourteen?????? She looks every bit of 20 or more years old. This type of make-up and provocative posing is exactly why children of celebrities grow up so fast and become involved in things they shouldn’t know about until they become an adult.

Momma on

Never in a million years would I allow my underage daughter to do a provocative shoot, much less have such photos published online or in magazines.

This girl has poor role models so no wonder she thinks nothing is wrong with it.

Leanne on

Wow…she is soooo much more beautiful than the other members of the family…Hopefully she gets her fame from something that she is working towards as a pose to other ways other family members have obtained it
Keep it up..and remember that you are still 14 years of age..

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