A recent Forbes Magazine cover featured Kylie Jenner, labeling her as “self-made.” You’ve probably seen it.
If you haven’t, here it is.
The backlash was instant. People were not here for Forbes calling Kylie Jenner, who grew up very wealthy and in the public eye just because of her family, “self-made.”
Like… even the dictionary was shady about it.
So inspiring to see Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes as the face of a self made woman billionaire. Must’ve been so difficult for her coming from BEING RAISED ON MILLIONS OF DOLLARS????? get the fuck outta here!!!!!— Sarah Griffin (@SarahGriffin18) July 11, 2018
Kylie Jenner was born into the top 1% of wealth in the world. She deserves a participation ribbon, not an article in Forbes. smh— Siebs (@Eric_Sieb) July 12, 2018
Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes is nonsense not just because she was born rich but because she was literally HANDED her influence. She steals people’s work, style, and culture. A doctor gave her her appearance, and her mother keeps her name in the news. Businesswoman my ASS.— The Opinion (@SheraeSpeaks_) July 11, 2018
brooo how in the world is Kylie Jenner classified as “self made” ?? Born rich, never had to grind for anything, never struggled with money or rising to the top? I feel like that’s just disrespect to all the fearless women who sacrificed everything to make it on Forbes list smh— Lucas Bentes (@LBentess) July 11, 2018
The news got back around to big sister, Kim Kardashian West, because there was no way for her to avoid it. The subject came up during an interview with Refinery 29, and Kim had some interesting thoughts. She dismissed talk that she and Kylie were not self-made wealthy women.
According to Kim, the fact that they came from money makes them even MORE self-made.
I really didn’t get it, because she is ‘self-made’ — we are all ‘self-made’. What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense… I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the complete opposite. Me, Kylie, not one [of the siblings] has ever depended on our parents for anything besides advice. That’s how I lived my life with my dad [Robert Kardashian]. He never gave me anything. We might have the opportunity, but I’ve seen it go the complete opposite way. Nobody works harder than my sisters and my mom.
Twitter, of course, had some thoughts on that as well.
Right...because I'm sure walking red carpets w/Paris Hilton, having a well known attorney for a father, an Olympic athlete for a stepfather, and all kinds of celebrity connections didn't help at all...?— Keisha (@grlnxtdoorisblk) July 14, 2018
No one's knocking the hustle, just keep it real.
I don’t understand why Kylie made Forbes, there are many self made, really self made out here that kept it clean that is worth knowing about. Kylie is a spin off her sisters sex tapes and a$$ shots, Kylie just ran with the exposure.— realtalk2017 (@realfayth) July 14, 2018
Lol. Sure. "Self-made." So ridiculous. It's like Trump saying he was self-made. Oh, wait, he did say that. He said he only received a "small" loan of $1,000,000 from his father. But who cares. Good for her. She's wealthy; we poor.— ?Tito ? (@NolbertoRezola) July 16, 2018
Didn't she just admit on twitter yesterday to moving back home at 30. pic.twitter.com/mbkjSAokom— T. of the resistance (@enlighten_me2) July 14, 2018
Let me put it this way Kimberly: if you or any of your sisters started your brands without the fame, without the show, without the money, you would NOT be successful. You would not be multi millionaires and you would not be anywhere close to a billionaire. These are the facts sis pic.twitter.com/3VdK9YblRy— Nina Bonina LG6IsComingForOurEdges Brown (@CallMeJoanneXO) July 14, 2018
Someone please find the article of Kim retelling how she started reselling expensive handbags and couture items gifted to her by her rich parents. I'm tired.— Trish ♛ (@StilettoRoyalty) July 14, 2018
Kimberly that's literally the definition of not being self-made lol. What is so wrong with just acknowledging your privilege? It doesn't make any of you less rich or successful. pic.twitter.com/65UmB5Tdgy— Katelynn McGinley (@katelynnmorgan) July 14, 2018
Not everyone was down with the Big Sis created Little Sis’ Empire idea, though.
Well... in fairness... Paris Hilton had a sex tape and i don’t see Nicki Hilton worth 900 million so....— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) July 15, 2018
We can see Kim’s point. After all, being born into money can steer people toward laziness. We’ve all heard stories of people who are perfectly content to just live off of Mommy’s and Daddy’s money. We can appreciate that it takes skill, connection, hard work, and determination to take what you start with and transform it into something more.
We can also see the point most people are making, in that there is nothing “self-made” about the Kardashian-Jenner sisters. They were born into a wealthy and influential family and were friends with other wealthy and influential people. They had a very distinct advantage starting out.
We want to know your thoughts. Would you call them self-made? Do you agree with Kim’s defense of the Kardashian-Jenner family success?