Flipping through the pics at People.com, I noticed a headline — “Kendall Jenner, 14, Models Skimpy Shorts.”
And, I thought to myself, this is news because…???
Well, a little more reading revealed that this is news because she is fourteen, and because she’s suddenly All Grown Up. But — the unoriginal son asks — is it too soon?
This is the second time that the Kardashian’s eldest half-sister has made the news for her age and her decision to show some skin as a model. Last time, it was when she bust out with some bikini photos.
But Kendall is in no way an exception to some age minimum for modeling — in fact, she’s the norm. Most runway models are ages 14-19. They wear anything from next to nothing to layers upon layers of real animal fur. And my guess is that these folks who were so outraged by Kendall’s photo shoot have had hardly written tomes railing against the state of fashion as a whole.
So, why pick and choose who and what to get mad about, when it’s all the same issue? Is it because they know Kendall’s parents, by way of Bruce and Kris’ own celebrity? Or is it because they know, deep down, that their rants will not change a thing, and that feeling of powerlessness is actually more than they care to address? Because really — if young girls modeling skimpy clothes bothers you that much, you have quite a large fish to fry. So rather than do that, which might actually take…you know, some work…haters go in for the easy target.
Not that it’s hurting Kendall’s career at all…but maybe a little more reflection about our intentions wouldn’t hurt?