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.

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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.

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


Anna M on

Kim would do a great disservice to Vogue if she were featured on the cover. Kendall models well and with proper, professional grooming (not by her mother), she may have a nice career and be the only Kardashian with talent. I agree she should drop her name and just be known as “Kendall”, but I don’t think her mother would allow it.

Lane on

She touched her lips and nose. Wish she would stop. Kim ruined her face!

rocknmovie on

Kim Krapashian will never be in Vogue. She is way too tacky, she doesn’ t have the right shape.

Truth on

Thankfully Kendall isn’t a Kardashian. I think she can have a great career if she makes sure not to align herself with anything the Kardashian side of the family has done.

Nanu 08 on

Kendell is the prettiest of all the girls and looks like a model so good for her. Kim has that HUGE butt which a model that doesn’t make so she just needs to be a mom…..

Tazmara on

I know a lot of jealous people will say otherwise but I think Kendall is very pretty and definitely model material. I just hope she doesn’t mess with her nose because it is perfect the way it is.

Melissa B on

Only there bc of who her is siblings are. What about talented models who put in good honest hard work, granted modeling isn’t hard labor. I just hate seeing people handed things. Blech. I hope Anna NEVER caves.

LSP on

Why would Kim ever be on Vogue? She’s a reality star. They may as well put on JWoww or Paris Hilton. I don’t get the constant push of Kendall on everyone, they did this with Ireland Baldwin as well. Both good looking, both not extraordinary enough for the amount of articles devoted to them.

Debs626 on

Another daughter “pimped” out by the disguting mother.

Sal on

Vogue will never have Kim, too many companies know she is fake

slemon on

Kim on the cover? What a horrible thought. Short, stubby and past her prime….

Lix on

I tend to agree with Anna!

Jessica on

I am not a fan of the Kardashians but I like Kendall Jenner for several reasons!
-She has talent because she has the face, body and attitude of a model.
-She has a career goal! She’s been building her resume by doing campaigns and walking runways
-In interviews she comes across as a sweet and goodnatured, and not fake. She might not be like that in real life but she knows how to represent a brand with class.
-She’s not overexposed in the tabloids

tnt on

Po Kim, she will always be known for her porn video with that disgusting repulsive RJ! Nothing else. She’s not pretty, her body is deformed, she has no torso, very strange. She’s the polar opposite of how a true model looks. She should never be allowed on Vogue, I will and I’m sure thousands others will stop buying Vogue if she’s ever on the cover.

Kendall can hopefully get out of that very disturbed, money hungry family. She’s fortunate she doesn’t share the embarassing Kardashian name.

tnt on

Kim is a ‘b’ rated porn star at best . Kanye is getting himself a real winner and a great role model for their daughter. Lol

Lisa D'Ambrosio on

Hopefully Kim is concentrating on her baby daughter, not some Vogue pipe dream….

sunni on

Well, She is a Jenner not a Kardashian. I think that sums it up.

MRcph on

Reblogged this on The laundry chat and commented:
By the look of this picture, Kendall Jenner seems to have moved up much faster in the fashion world than her sister Kim. I sense some sister jalousy!

Back when on

Read the b

Back when on

Read the body language. Kendal is leaning in and Anna is leaning away. She’s embarrassed.

Alexa Lee on

Anna looks like she doesn’t even want to be in the photo with Kendall!

Tina on

Kendall is pretty. Not exceptional-looking. Again, pretty is not a talent or a skill even though some have to work hard at it.

Joe on

Kim will be on the cover of a brand new magazine called Huge A$$.

Evie on

Kendall has got the model look and with that a promising future. I am sure Kim feels some envy yet is proud of her younger sister and living vicariously through her. Kim made her choices and some things can’t be forgotten so she probably knows that limits her opportunity for being recognized in a classy way.

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