Controversy erupted last week after the publication touted “America’s Women Billionaires” with Jenner on its cover, noting, “At 21, she’s set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.”
Many argued that coming from the first family of reality television hardly qualified the young makeup mogul as “self-made.”
However, Kim shut down critics who think otherwise.
“We are all ‘self-made,’” Kim recently told Refinery29.
“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 KarJenner siblings] has ever depended on our parents for anything besides advice,” Kardashian-West added.
Kardashian West said none of them received financial help from their parents.
“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,” Kim expressed.
Forbes reports that Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of products since its initial launch. In 2017 alone, the brand took in an estimated $330 million. All together, the mag says her brand alone is work a whipping $900 million, which puts Kylie on track to potentially be the youngest self-made billionaire. That doesn’t even include the cash she racks in from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, product endorsements, and the revenue from her Kendall + Kylie clothing line and Puma deal.
Kylie, who owns 100 percent of her company, credits her social media followers, more than 100 million, for her continued success and close bond with her customers.
“Social media is an amazing platform,” she told the magazine.
“I have such easy access to my fans and my customers.”
Several people on social media called out the publication for claiming the young TV reality star was “self-made.” Among the detractors was Dictionary.com which shaded the young mom of one on Twitter.
“Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided,” Dictionary.com tweeted in response to the story, before shadily quipping: “Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman.”
Despite the criticism, Jenner’s family quickly jumped to her defense on social media.