Stop Kriticising Kylie -- She IS A 'Self-Made' Billionaire And Earned Every Penny
Kylie’s kopping a lot of kriticism.
The youngest member of the Jenner/Kardashian empire, Kylie Jenner, has been named Forbes' youngest-ever self-made billionaire, reaching a 10-figure fortune via her makeup brand at a younger age than even Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.
And it’s fair to say the wording, namely that term “self-made”, has gone down as well as Tristan cheating on Khloe. Again.
Scroll through social media and the constant theme of comments are about Jenner coming from a rich and famous family -- that she was simply born into money and fame.
“Her family was already worth millions and incredibly famous. All she did was leverage her fame, fortune and family name,” reads one tweet.
Forbes defines "self-made" as someone who built a company or established a fortune on her own, rather than inheriting some or all of it. As long as the list member didn’t inherit a business or money, she is labelled "self-made".
Under its ranking system, Jenner is rated a seven -- self-made who got a head start from wealthy parents and a moneyed background.
Kylie Jenner launched Kylie Cosmetics just three ago, in 2016, with Forbes estimating the makeup business is now worth more than $US900 million. And it credits this success in part to the simplicity of its model -- just seven full-time and five part-time employees work for the empire.
Kylie Cosmetics also has 19.7 million Instagram followers, in addition to Jenner’s huge social media presence, and was sold solely online before she struck a deal to have her famed lip products sold exclusively in Ulta stores across the US, the addition of in-store stock reportedly tipped her into billionaire status.
Jenner also uses her powerhouse brand, which she owns 100 percent of, for good. In 2017 through a special edition lip kit, she raised nearly $500,000 for Smile Train which helps children with cleft palates.
I keep up with the Kardashians and respect what Jenner has achieved and at a young age.
Yeah, yeah she got a head start, Forbes even says so, but ultimately it was up to her to leverage off her mammoth social following and celebrity profile.
She got off her butt, brought an idea to life and no question has worked incredibly hard to make it an absolute success. If she just sponged off her family’s fame and their hard yards and didn’t set and chase goals or make a living for herself, then yep she’s open to criticism. Fair game.
On a smaller scale, Jenner’s example is really no different from the children of sports stars, business types or entertainers who go on to follow the same path as their parents.
A surname, contacts or a leg up doesn’t translate to success. Again, it may represent a head start but the same old qualities are required to forge a successful career -- work ethic, dedication, initiative, determination and drive.
Of course, nepotism exists in all walks of life but generally if you don’t have what it takes, the wheat is eventually separated from the chaff.
At 21, mother-of-one Jenner, whether you like it -- and her family-- or not, is a role model. And not a bad one at that.
So, in a week where globally we acknowledge and celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m double tapping Kylie Jenner’s achievement instead of tearing another woman down.
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