Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner (Getty Images)
With the launch of the Kardashian Kollection for Sears and Kim's recent wedding, many of summer's top stories have had the name "Kardashian" in them. But move over Kim, Kourtney and Khloe, Kylie and Kendall Jenner are stepping into the limelight. Kylie and Kendall, half sisters of the Kardashian gals, are all over the fashion stratosphere as Kylie prepares to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week and Kendall puts schoolwork first by turning down a gig at Fashion's Night Out.
Kendall Jenner (Getty Images)
Kendall has already established a presence in the modeling industry, with Leah Madden's swimwear line and the Sherri Hill dress line campaigns. But the 15 year old reportedly made school her priority by turning down a $20,000 appearance at the NYC Fashion's Night Out because she couldn't get out of school in Los Angeles. Sources told the New York Post that mom Kris Jenner is adamant that Kendall focus on school and finish her studies.
Kylie Jenner (Getty Images)
On the other hand, school proved to be no barrier to little sister Kylie, who is set to make her runway debut at Avril Lavigne's Abbey Dawn show. The news is somewhat controversial, seeing as Kylie is only 14 and new CFDA guidelines recommends that models be carded before walking the runway to ensure that they are at least 16 years old. Perhaps Kylie convinced big brother Brody Jenner, Avril's current beau, to put in a good word for the budding model.
Kylie's decision to walk is another chapter in the saga of underage models in the fashion industry. Design veterans Michael Kors and Diane von Fustenberg have weighed in on the issue, both opting to use older models in their respective shows. Diane, along with CFDA's CEO, sent out a letter reinforcing the Health as Beauty and Diversity campaign and urged designers and casting directors to check valid IDs on the day of fashion shows to ensure the 16 year minimum age. In a candid interview with Lauren Hutton for Interview, Kors said, "it’s a tricky thing because no matter how beautiful you might be at 15 or 16, the simple truth is that you haven’t lived enough to really know how to project anything in a photograph. It’s like a kind of blank beauty."
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