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This morning I found myself watching The View. This is something I rarely do since I have often found it incredibly superficial. But, then again, superficial content is occasionally food for thought.
Perhaps, one of today’s segments only solidified my opinion of the show’s surfacy subject matter.
As you may or may not know, Kylie Jenner is set to appear on the cover of Forbes’ “America’s Women Billionaires” issue for August 2018.
The related topic of discussion on The View was this question:
Is Kylie Jenner an actual representation of self-made?
In my humble opinion, the answer to this seemingly simple question is no. The youngest Jenner sibling has had absolutely ZERO “started from the bottom, now we’re here” circumstances. For one, her family has never struggled financially. Thus, this automatically gave Kylie the upper-hand. If you take a step back and look at the common American lifestyle, parents and their children alike oftentimes struggle to make ends meet; seeking the funds for higher education, for example, can be challenging enough for some families.
For Kylie, she never struggled. Everything she needed was always right in front of her or easily accessible elsewhere. She did not need to contemplate what she wanted to do with her adult life or how she’d afford success. It was already mapped out in her favor.
Whoopi Goldberg fearlessly defended Kylie’s case against Sunny Hostin, who shares the same opinion of Jenner’s success as I do. Goldberg believes that Kylie put in all the work that led to her success. Yes, this is true. Jenner did create her own makeup line, specializing in the highly-acclaimed “lip kits.” That’s all great. I am by no means discrediting her for motivation or creativity.
All I am saying is that if I wanted to start making “lip kits” in large quantities to sell online, I’d probably have to make the gloss from mud and acrylic paint. Every good business model needs a large amount of capital in order to begin production. I doubt Kylie acquired her starting funds by working a minimum wage gig at Taco Bell. Just a thought.
I do not want to sound hateful or jealous of the Kardashian/Jenner dynasty, even though the lifestyle does seem nothing short of posh. I just wish people could recognize the real self-made figures and not so much the ones who pave their way with a family checkbook.
There are many men and women out there right now who are tirelessly trying to make ends meet. There are families who seek the “American Dream,” but just cannot seem to acquire it, no matter what they do.
Surely, everything is all sunny in Hollywood, but there are people in our world who will make it just because of their own grit and resilience. I cannot sit here and pat Kylie on the back because I think she had to do the bare minimum. I will save my applause for those such as J.K. Rowling or Shania Twain, amongst many others, who have come from little and gone far.
That being said, I think it is offensive that Forbes decided to give Jenner this major honor. I definitely believe they could have researched a more deserving candidate—perhaps one who earned less money, but truly started from the bottom. Someone who made a name for themselves, instead of their "momager" creating one for them. It's hard to look up to the success of someone such as Kylie Jenner, yet know that it's nearly impossible to even reach the success that was first delivered to her on a silver spoon via "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."
In this dog-eat-dog world that we live in, it is important to give credit where credit is due. Not where credit has already been given or where credit has been essentially “ripped off.”
Thus, putting Kylie on the cover is just another example of money trumping the competition.
Thanks for the lip gloss, Kylie. However, I prefer Lancôme.