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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Guest on

She “doesn’t carry that tainted Kardashian last name, which works in her favor.” LMAO!!!!!!!

Jenny on

she is a beautiful girl…but something tells me that the attention A.W. is giving her is merely to backhand Kim, but w/o making Kanye too upset. (why anyone would care if Kanye gets mad is beyond me, the guy’s clearly a nut). so very clever ;)

dp on

typo: should say…i wish they WOULDN’T pit kendall against kim..

ishabahaque94 on

Kendall Jenner is definitely the only one in the Kardashian clan who I can see succeed only because of her talent. She has the face, body, attitude of a model and I think it’s great that Anna Wintour is considering her as an it girl. She deserves it, I don’t even think Kylie Jenner has the capabilities as much as Kendall. I can see her going far as a model.

ProudAmericanWoman on

Knowing Anna Wintour, I’m sure she’s supporting Kendall simply to stick it to Kim & Kanye. That’s exactly the kind of thing she’d do! And she can’t be called out by them because she’s helping the girl- what can they accuse her of, being nice? It’s perfect!

Amy on

Can we please have more stories about Kendall? Thanks!

Star on

What a slap in the face that they put Kanye in and cut her out. then again she was dressed in a thousand flowers yuck. She clearly is not a Vogue girl but her sister Kendall I can say clearly is. She looks like a vogue girl. Kim seems to think that the big tail she has connected to her body is attractive yet it isn’t. She old and washed up and her sex tape isn’t appealing to the trash watchers that loved it before. Kayne in my eyes doesn’t dress or act much better than Kim which is why they are a match made in heaven.

Mariel on

Not a Kardashian fan overall, but Kendall is the family’s best hope to represent their name in a more positive light. Best of luck to her in her modeling career.

Pink on

Kim is going to die.hahahahahahaha

Megan on


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