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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Chris on

It’s hardly puritan to wish a childhood on someone. Showing concern for a young girl who’s posing as a 21 year old all made up, cleaveage showing is hardly puritan and has nothing to do with jealousy. I think she’s beautiful and I’m happy for her for that. But man, one poster says she has the rest of her life to wear stretchy pants, etc…. but she also has the rest of her life to pose like an adult in bikinis. Once your childhood’s gone, it’s gone. Please Kris and Bruce, parent your daughter better. You’re being very irresponsible parents. Be wise and listen to people, instead of getting all defensive and immature and refusing to correct your mistakes. She’s still a little girl, no matter what she looks like.

Shannon on

Just beautiful! Looks like a younger version of Khloe. As a mother, I would be proud of my daughter if she had done this. I don’t think these pictures are too sexy or provocative. If there is anyone who does, then they have something wrong with their thinking. Maybe they should check themselves, thinking a 14 year old is sexy.

catca on

She is not posing provocatively and she is wearing beachwear. She is also a normal age for high fashion models starting out. If you’re going to target someone, target the high fashion industry for using young girls. I think she looks beautiful and not at all inappropriate and she and her family should be proud. I also think her facial bone structure does resemble Khloe.

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AlexaLauren on

agree w pm…she looks like khloe. beautiful gal!

Louisa1972 on

She looks beautiful and isn’t showing too much skin either…I think she has enough people around her to lead her down the right path so leave her alone!

VinnyD on

Hef needs to call her in a few years. She is smokin’ hot and will only continue to get hotter!!!

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