Over the years, we have watched the young reality TV star grow up on television. Now, she walks the runways of the most coveted shows at fashion week. Although you may feel like you know everything about the Kardashians and the Jenners, from their family feuds to their romantic relationships, Kendall is often overlooked. So why not get to know her better with these 25 facts?
1. Karl Lagerfeld had no clue who she was when she started working for him
Many might assume that her connection to the Kardashians is a big part of her success in the modeling world, but when she got her job with Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld had no clue who she was. Part of the reason is because he has limited access to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“No, we don’t have it here,” he told Harper’s Bazaar. “I didn’t even know she was in it. I saw it when it was only her sisters and she was, like, a baby.” He continued, “Yes, no past, but a good future. There was a good feeling coming from her. And I don’t see that with everybody! There is something very warm, human, and sweet about her.”
The model of course knew who he was and was very nervous about meeting him. She told the magazine:
I met him at my first fitting for Chanel two years ago. I was already nervous because it was my first season, my first Chanel show, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I’m also pretty shy when I first meet someone. But I got to know Karl when I was shooting with him for the Karl Lagerfeld campaign. I had heard a lot from Cara Delevingne about how funny he is, how he’s normal and just a cool guy.
2. When she started her career, she kept her fame a secret
Lagerfeld isn’t the only one who didn’t know who she was, she kept her identity a secret on purpose. “I was backstage at a show getting ready and my agent texted me and told me I couldn’t tell anyone else,” she told Nightline. “I was freaking out.”
3. Her squad has a name
You’ve probably seen her around with Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Hailey Baldwin, and it turns out the girls have a name for their squad. “This is going to sound really, really lame,” she revealed to Allure, “but we all call ourselves the Super Natural Friend Group because we all have such cool individual lives and we’ve been dreaming about them since we were so young. I’m a Scorpio, so I stick to people. If I love you, I love you. If I don’t like you, you’re screwed.”
4. She has several matching tattoos with them
The squad has gotten a lot of small matching tattoos together. This includes a tattoo of a broken heart on their fingers. Kendall and their tattoo artist also got matching tattoos — a white dot on their finger.
5. A complete stranger gave her a car for her birthday
The family could definitely splurge on a big gift for Kendall’s 21st birthday, however the biggest gift she got came from a complete stranger. “We go outside and there’s this Rolls-Royce,” Khloé Kardashian told Jimmy Kimmel, “and this man standing there.
I was like, ‘What’s the gift, the guy or the car?’ And then this guy just hands Kendall a pair of keys to this car and I was like, ‘Do we even know who this guy is?’ I was like, ‘Is this a joke?’ On my 21st birthday I got like, dinner and a purse. I didn’t know you get cars from strangers.”
6. She’s really into cars
The model drives a 1957 Corvette Stingray and has no problem with the stick shift. “The engine has been restored,” she told Vogue, “and it’s been repainted, but in the original color. Everything is how it was.”
When she was younger she also liked fast vehicles. “We had ATVs and go-carts, and I grew up riding them all the time, which is why I’m a good driver,” she explained.
7. She is the tomboy of the family
The reality show family is known for being all about their makeup and clothing. Although Kendall works in fashion, she is actually more of a tomboy. She told Vogue:
I’ve always been super different from all my sisters, especially my Kardashian sisters. They’ve always been into the glam thing and dressing up every day and being in the thick of it. Part of me loves that, but at the same time, I love dressing down and having my private life. It’s almost, like, empowering to know that no one knows we’re sitting here right now — because it’s not usually like this.
8. Her big break was with Marc Jacobs
It may feel like she was always storming down the runway, but her modeling career took a little time to develop. “My first big break was going to meet Katie Grand at Marc Jacobs,” she told W Magazine, “and then I got the Marc Jacobs show. I was so nervous. I didn’t think anyone would like me. It’s so nerve wracking in front of all those cool people and you go back a couple times and they need to see if they really like you. I got surprised in person that I booked the show.”
9. Her first kiss was in a shower
Don’t worry, there was no nudity involved with Kendall’s first kiss. But given the fact that she has such a big family, she needed to find some kind of privacy for her first kiss. As she explained to W Magazine:
It was in a shower, but not on. We were fully clothed playing truth or dare and it was me and three of my friends. And my little sister was trying to spy on us. My room didn’t have a lock on it, but the bathroom door did so we all shoved in the bathroom until when we got dared to kiss someone. We would have to go in the shower and like close the curtain so no one would see and we’d kiss and come out.
10. One of her biggest inspirations is Cindy Crawford
Kendall got to be on the cover of Vogue, and although that might be enough for other models, she isn’t quite happy yet. “Everyone has been asking me, ‘So, you just met your goal — what’s next?’” she wrote according to Daily Mail. “All I can say is: Cindy had 17 American Vogue covers. I have a long way to go!” Kendall has actually been mentored by the supermodel herself.
11. The first time she saw Caitlyn was by accident
Before Caitlyn transitioned fully, she would dress as herself in the early morning and then go back to being “Bruce” to run errands. The first time Kendall saw her was when she woke up early. As she told The Telegraph:
So one morning I woke up at 4 a.m. so thirsty, came downstairs into the kitchen, and grabbed a bottle of water. And as I was coming back out, my dad was coming down the stairs in, like, a wig and makeup and shoes — the full nine. And she didn’t see me. I literally froze. Please don’t turn left. Because she could either turn left or turn right. Thank God she turned right and — to this day! — has no idea that happened. That was the first time I had ever seen her.
12. She purposely kept the show from filming her modeling career
Her family’s reality shows try to cover all of the interesting aspects of the family’s life. But Kendall has been conscious of keeping that job separate from her modeling jobs. “I told them from the beginning,” she told GQ. “I was like, ‘Okay, love you guys, but we’re not gonna do this. You’re not gonna follow me to shows, you’re not gonna be with me on this ride.’”
13. She’s worth $18 million
According to Go Banking Rates, the reality star is worth $18 million already. She is the third highest paid model in the world, according to Forbes. Part of this money comes from endorsements with Estee Lauder, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs.
14. She is named after Nicole Brown Simpson
The family was famously close to Nicole Brown and O.J. Simpson. Kris Jenner decided to give Kendall the middle name “Nicole” after her good friend, who was murdered.
15. She took after Caitlyn and was good at track and field
Someone had to take after the Olympian! Kendall was a top high jumper in high school. She was even coached by Caitlyn herself. “He was like the main coach for the high jump,” she revealed on Nightline. “It was more like technical stuff. And I ended up being the number one high jumper in my entire school.”
16. She was a cheerleader in high school
Her athleticism didn’t just stop at track and field. She was also a cheerleader along with her sister, Kylie.
17. Tyga performed at her 16th birthday party
The reality star has always had epic birthdays. Back when she was 16, she had her family friend, Tyga perform at her party. She also admitted that he was her favorite rapper. Years later, he and Kylie started dating when she turned 18.
18. She is the tallest of all the sisters
You might have thought that Khloé was the tallest, but Kendall still has her beat. Kendall is 5-foot-10 and therefore, the perfect height to be a runway model.
19. She has dated Harry Styles
The former One Direction member has dated some famous ladies, including Taylor Swift. Back in 2013 he and Kendall were caught having dinner together, and their relationship reportedly started heating up in 2014. She has since been romantically linked to other celebrities like A$AP Rocky and Blake Griffin.
20. She once misspelled ‘swimming’ at a spelling bee
The model gets really nervous when it comes to public speaking. She admitted that one of her most embarrassing moments happened when she spelled the word swimming, “s-m-i-w-w-i-n-g.” “I thought I nailed it,” she told Celebuzz, “and then I obviously didn’t. And then everybody laughed at me and made fun of me for like the next three days.”
21. She has already started her acting career
The reality star wants to be an actress one day, and has already gotten started. She appeared on an episode of Hawaii Five-0 in 2012. She was in the episode, “I Ka Wa Mamua” and played a shop clerk. She also has one other credit to her name for being the voice of Strawberry in The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange.
22. She dated A$AP Rocky
Kendall is somewhat more private than her other sisters, so some people might not know she has been dating. She was romantically linked to rapper, A$AP Rocky. They were seen together in Paris in January 2017. They also went jewelry shopping around that time. Their relationship cooled off sometime in the summer of 2017.
23. Her favorite movies are Moulin Rouge and The Notebook
The model revealed on Nightline what her favorite movies are and one was Moulin Rouge. “It was just a movie I watched like all throughout my childhood,” she said. “So, whenever I rewatch it, it’s just always the best.” She also has a soft spot for the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook.
24. She has quite a few beauty idols
Kendall’s family is full of beauty icons, however, she still draws outside inspiration. When asked who her beauty icon is she had a pretty impressive list. “Angelina Jolie,” she told Estée Lauder. “She’s just ridiculously beautiful. And then I really love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s style, and I love Rihanna. I feel like she kills it all the time.”
25. She wants to have a cameo on Empire
Kim Kardashian has tried to dip her toe into acting and it looks like her little sister will too. When asked if she was interested in acting Kendall answered, “I’m very happy with my life right now but I would never say never,” according to Glamour. “I’m going for longevity. I still see a lot ahead of me.” She was also asked which show she would like a cameo in and she answered, “Empire! I don’t know if I’d fit in, would I fit in?”