Kendall Jenner Lands Vogue 'It Girl' Status Well Before Sister Kim Kardashian

02/17/2014 at 11:44 AM ET

Kendall Jenner VogueDavid M. Benett/Getty

Once Anna Wintour thinks you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

The same day that Kendall Jenner, 18, made her high-fashion modeling debut in a completely sheer shirt at the Marc Jacobs show (where the Vogue editor had a front row seat, of course), she also appeared on the Vogue website wearing hot-off-the-runway fashions as they were styled by the designers. Then the two hopped on the same flight to London to make appearances at London’s Fashion Week, where they were spotted sitting front row together at the Topshop show on Feb. 15.

“Anna is very savvy about upcoming ‘It girls,’ and very much has her finger on the pulse,” says Laurel Pinson, editor-in-chief of StyleCaster. “When she takes a girl under her wing, a Vogue cover or high fashion campaign is usually on the way. She’s done it for a lot of girls, like Rooney Mara and Taylor Swift.” And Marc Jacobs (a longtime Vogue darling) is a great point of entry for up and coming starlets — he’s featured the Fanning sisters and Miley Cyrus in recent campaigns.

RELATED PHOTOS: See who sat front row at New York Fashion Week!

Of course, this might be creating family drama in the Kardashian household, as Jenner’s half-sister Kim Kardashian has been part of a longtime lobbying campaign on the part of fiancé Kanye West to land a Vogue cover — with no luck so far. Though he scored Kardashian a ticket to the Wintour-hosted Met Gala (after years of her being rumored to be on the “do not invite” list), he hasn’t been able to land her that coveted Vogue photoshoot. In fact, she was even cropped out of a Vogue slideshow of the Best Dressed at the Met Gala, leaving a photo of West holding a disembodied hand (slide 66).

“Anna is interested in charismatic people, and has respect for talent. Kim has no talent,” says another fashion industry insider. “She’s going to have to work really hard to build her stock up at Vogue because she was so tabloid-y for so long, and honestly, not that stylish. Its gotten way better — she’s definitely chic now, but that is all Kanye West’s influence, which reads as disingenuous.”

Jenner, on the other hand, is young enough that she hasn’t established her persona yet, and doesn’t carry that supposedly tainted Kardashian last name, which works in her favor. “She’s buzzy,” says the insider. “She’s tall, she’s skinny, and she’s wholesome and pretty. She’s also already been modeling, and creating a name for herself. The fashion world is fickle, but I can definitely see her having a moment.”

See one of Jenner’s modeling shots for the Vogue website below, and tell us: Do you think she has what it takes to be a Vogue “It Girl?” Think Kim is fuming somewhere right now?

First look at @kendalljenner in #OscardelaRenta #fw14. #nyfw #vogueinstafashion @oscarprgirl

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–Gillian Telling

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微图秀 on

It is Fashion.

nyu0385 on

Wholesome?? HA!

jessica on

I think she has huge potential to be a super-model. She just needs to go by Kendall and ditch the last name. Unfortunately, that name is going to hold her down quite a bit. Other than that…she has IT.

Sacré on

Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue? Never gonna happen.

TG on

Kim will never be on the cover of Vogue. As the article states, Anna Wintour is interested in talent, and Kim has none. She has shown herself through the years to be shallow, vapid, narcissistic, and wanting to be famous, at any cost. She dressed like a hooker until Kanye got ahold of her, so has never been a fashion icon. She probably IS jealous of Kendall. She is naturally prettier (no surgeries, unlike Kim) and has some class. I think it’s hilarious!

tom on

I don’t really see it with Kendall….of course that doesn’t matter as it appears it’s already a done thing. Watch now for Mama (Madam of the House Of KraTRASHians) to swoop in and try to be the star of that show too. I sure hope we never have to see that tramp Kim on the cover of Vogue. See all of their nasty faces on enough magazine covers as it is…she’s cheap and vulgar.

Nicole on

He scored Kardashian AN ticket?
Are these people in such a hurry to publish an article that they have no time to proof read?

Marie Mullin on

She is pretty. Probably the best looking one Of the Clan

Marie on

Well, she really does love fashion-and beside she got famous because of her siblings not because of a sex tape.

dp on

as she gets a little older, she will become more beautiful, and she seems like a sweet girl. Hopefully everything dosent come too fast for her, thats when heads spin and everything gets out of control. With the Kardashians, it’s always more, more, more. But i wish they would pit kendall against Kim as far as Vogue etc, it’s mean spirited and these 2 are in different parts of their life.

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