People hear a ton about her sisters, Kim, Khloe, and Kylie, but not so much about Kendall Jenner. Sure, Kendall is well-known; people obviously know her as a Kar-Jenner and as a model. She has made a name for herself, or at least through her family’s name, but there is so much more to Kendall than the media portrays.
How much do you know about Kendall Jenner? Kendall is surrounded by lots of sisters who love the spotlight.
She models, but how much of that spotlight does she really crave? Is she like her sisters? Does she want the world to know every intimate detail of her life?
Well, so far, the answer might actually be no for Kendall, since she does not really put herself out there too much. We say, good for her! She is a beautiful young lady, and of course likes showing that side of herself off (she is a model, after all), but there are so many fun facts about Kendall that the world has yet to discover!
That is right. Kendall is actually an interesting and unique girl. We have known her, and known about her for a large majority of her life, thanks to her mom and dad and sisters wanting that all-important spotlight. Kendall has grown up in front of our eyes. Yet, she is still somewhat of a mystery. What was it like to grow up a Jenner? What was Kendall like as a child and a teenager? Read on for some fun facts about your new favorite Kar-Jenner - Kendall!
15 Hip Hip Hooray!
Both Kendall and her sister, Kylie, were actually cheerleaders in high school! Seeing pictures of Kendall back in high school- which, let’s face it, was not that long ago- you see a glimpse of a regular gal. The photographers show us a typical teenage cheerleader, having fun on the field as she roots for her favorite team to win.
She looks, well, normal! She looks young and pretty, and like the girl next door. Now, she is still beautiful, of course, but, it is different because she is a supermodel.
Kendall has been on Keeping Up With The Kardashians since she was a young child. She is used having cameras be in her face. What she wasn’t used to in high school was having bad skin!
According to Daily Mail UK, Kendall has previously revealed how nervous she was to start high school and be a cheerleader because she suddenly got acne. Does this all not make you like her more, or what? Here she was, likely the queen of the high school, but she was so nervous about her skin she didn’t want to cheer, she just wanted to cover her face so no one could look at her!
14 Pancakes (And The Like) Totally Freak Her Out!
Have you ever heard of trypophobia? According to Wikipedia, “Trypophobia is a proposed phobia of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps. The condition is not officially recognized as a mental disorder, and is rarely referenced in scientific literature.”
Seems a little strange perhaps? Well, guess what, Kendall apparently has trypophobia.
According to Flare.com, Kendall herself has admitted on her blog to having this odd disorder. Anything and everything could set off her incredible anxiety. We have a hard time believing a girl like Kendall could have any kind of issues or anxiety problems at all, but clearly, she does! She is a regular girl inside, despite being a world-famous model on the outside.
Kendall has written on her blog, as reported by Flare.com, “Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!), I can’t even look at little holes—it gives me the worst anxiety.” It does seem weird, if anything, that someone like Kendall has this type of anxiety-producing phobia. You have to give her credit though, it takes guts to reveal you have any kind of issue, especially one like this that so many people would laugh at.
13 She’s A True Tomboy
As reported by the LA Times, one surprising fun fact about Kendall is that she really isn’t a girly girl, despite her outward appearances as a model.
"I've always been the different one," the high-fashion model tells Harper's Bazaar in its May issue. "I mean, I'm a girl and I like being a girl, but I've just never been into it like they have. I think I get that from my dad. I'd say I'm more of a Jenner than a Kardashian."
Kendall freely admits to being a tomboy, especially, and even more so, when she was younger. "I was a huge tomboy," said 21-year-old Kendall, who according to her mom had one pair of camo shorts she wore nonstop as a child. "I had a phase where I wore boys' clothes. I was always hanging out with guys. I've always connected with guys more."
It really is amazing how you never truly know how people really are. Looking at Kendall, you immediately think she is all girl, but in real life, that is not her feel or personality at all. We think it is still to Keep Up With Kendall!
12 She Watches HGTV Just Like We Do
It turns about that Kendall has a thing for home design! She admits to Vogue that her favorite Instagram account is called Boss Homes. This Instagram account appears to be private, but according to Vogue.com, Kendall told them this about Boss Homes on Instagram, “They just post sick mansions and I think it’s really cool,” she said. “I weirdly love interior design and real estate and all of that. I really do. I get chills from it.”
Can’t you just picture Kendall sitting down on her sofa, enjoying a snack, while watching some of our favorite HGTV shows?! We sure could. Who would have guessed that Kendall was so into houses and real estate and home design and all of that?! She is young, sure, at only 22 years old, but clearly, she has good taste!
In 2015, Kendall bought a three-bedroom condo in Beverly Hills that was worth over $2 million dollars, and she paid for it herself! Just last year, she sold her condo and purchased Charlie Sheen’s old mansion for $8.55 million dollars in Los Angeles, according to time.com/money. Wow. Her new Spanish style home is beautifully designed, maybe we’ll see her place one day on HGTV!
11 Her Middle Name Is After Someone Unexpected
In case you didn’t know, here is a little background about Kris Jenner’s late husband, Robert Kardashian (father of Kourtney, Kim, Rob, and Kylie). Robert was a lawyer representing a client in a notorious case, none of than O.J. Simpson, accused of ending his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson's life. Rewind to before the murder and the trial, and we learn through Vogue (reporting through Kris’s memoir) that the four of them, Kris, Robert, O.J., and Nicole, were all once very close friends.
That is why Robert was on OJ's so-called dream team when he was up for the trial of taking poor Nicole's life.
Turns out, they were all so very close, that when it came time to give Kendall a middle name,
Kris could think of no better way to honor her late friend, Nicole, than to use the name Nicole is naming her daughter: Kendall Nicole Jenner.
Vogue.com reports that, “Kendall’s middle name is Nicole, “in memory of my dear friend, Nicole Brown Simpson,” writes Kris in her memoir.” They must have been very close for Kris to want to give her daughter- who was born with Bruce Jenner after Robert passed- this beautiful middle name of a departed soul.
10 She Never Attended Her Prom
They say if you do not attend your high school prom, you will regret it. Well, Kendall claims she does not regret missing her high school prom at all! Kendall decided to not attend the infamous dance that all teenagers are prone to attending.
Kendall’s reasons for skipping the prom are similar to those of many of her fans: the price! Kendall told People.com that it is possible to have loads of fun on prom night, without having to actually shell out the money that is required for all those things that are prom important.
She continued to share her feelings on not attending prom, and even encouraged her fans and followers to skip their proms as well! “Sooo, I’m not sure if you knew this about me, but I didn’t go to prom,” Jenner’s post began. “I feel like – whatever, it’s not that big of a deal! You’re not going to regret it the rest of your life, I can promise you that. If you’re spending the night alone, read on for three options that are totally memorable and fun! Why not use the excuse to veg out in your comfies with classic HS flicks and homemade pizza?..get your glow from the inside with a little meditation music, too. Sooo relaxing.”
9 Public Speaking Has Always Made Her Nervous
One of the reasons we do not know too much about Kendall Jenner is that she does not really put herself out there. Sure, she is a model and we see her face plastered on magazine covers and online, but when it comes to the person that is Kendall, she does not tell us very much.
One main reason: public speaking makes her crazy nervous! Kendall admits that she prefers her family and small groups of friends, and that being in front of a crowd can give her anxiety- especially if she has to speak in front of all of those people!
We all remember the infamous Pepsi commercial- Life For Now- that Kendall starred in- the one that was pulled because of incredible controversy with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Biography.com reports that “Always teetering on the edge of controversy with her Kardashian-reality television roots, Jenner was singled out and publicly ridiculed in April 2017 for her starring role in a Pepsi ad campaign called "Live For Now," in which she used the beverage to heal the divide between police and protesters.
The ad was lambasted for trivializing the Black Lives Matters movement and was consequently taken off the air just one day after its debut. Jenner was reportedly "devastated" by the backlash, but due to her contractual agreement with Pepsi, was unable to comment publicly on the matter.”
8 Her Mom Was Always Her Momager
If you are like us, you probably feel like Kendall Jenner has been around for a long time, yet, it seems surprising that she is only 22 years old. Well, that is because she has been around for awhile! Kendall’s mom, the infamous momager- Kris Jenner, has been helping Kendall hone her modeling skills and resume for years now.
According to Biography.com, Kris was able to sign Kendall to a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency when Kendall was only 14 years old. Sure, the Kardashian-Jenner name helped tons, but it was also due to the simple fact that Kendall is what everyone looks for in a model: tall and gorgeous!
Many people are unaware that Kendall was so young when her modeling career took off. It was right after that that Kendall really rose to stardom. She has graced the covers of Teen Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Vogue, and more, and she is only in her early 20’s! She knows how to walk to the catwalk and give that model face. She has been trained well by her mom since she was young, and now she is an old pro at it. And a plus for her- she is one of the highest paid models, as well.
7 She and Her Girl Squad Gal Are Actually Related
You have to be living under a rock to have never heard the names Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. The pair are the newest faces of modeling, and are around to stay! Kendall and Gigi also happen to be best pals, but they also happen to be related through family. These two gorgeous gals act like sisters to one another, and really, they are essentially a stone’s throw away from being sisters through some interesting family history.
According to People.com, here is the story. Before Caitlyn Jenner was Caitlyn, she was Bruce, and he was married to Linda Thompson. The two divorced, Linda married musician David Foster while Bruce married none other than Kris Kardashian.
When Kendall was born to Bruce and Kris, another little girl, named Gigi, was being born to a woman named Yolanda, with her then-husband, Mohamed Hadid.
A few years later, Linda divorced David, while Yolanda divorced Mohamed. Fast forward, and Yolanda and David were married. Basically, making Kendall and Gigi long-lost relatives. Whew! Did you follow all of that?! It’s a stretch, but it’s there! They may not be actually related, but there is quite the interesting story to be told between the two of them, perhaps always destined to be sister like friends.
6 Her Godmother Might Surprise You
Believe it or not, but Kendall’s mom, the infamous Kris Jenner, once partook in bible study! Yes, you read that right. When Kris was in bible study, she met and befriended another shocking character, Kathie Lee Gifford! You can’t make this stuff up! This was years ago, and the two gals stayed close friends ever since. According to Vogue, it was Kathie Lee Gifford who the E! Network originally wanted a television show about (Keeping Up With The Giffords?!) but Kathie directed their attention to her friend, Kris, and well, the rest is history.
Vogue.com reports that the two women were so close, Kris could think of no one else who she would want to be her baby’s (that would be Kendall) godmother. When Kris was still pregnant with Kendall, who did not have a name at that time yet, Kris asked her gal pal, Kathie, if she would take the honor of being the baby’s godmother.
Kathie happily accepted. According to Kris Jenner’s memoir, Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian, she writes that, ‘“Gifford also helped choose the first name of her goddaughter. 'I started throwing out names to Kathie Lee,' Jenner wrote. 'Kameron . . . Kendall—and she stopped me at Kendall.’”
5 Perhaps She Was A Bird In A Past Life
Kendall may have been born into the life she has now, but there is no denying that she possesses many talents on her own, and those go past just her beautiful looks. Behind that model face, Kendall is a real girl who is as silly and funny as any girl her age would be! In fact, Kendall loves just hanging out with her friends and showing them some of her prized talents, including recreating the call of a bird! Kendall enjoys some quality, relaxed times with her friends, just like the rest of us. Including being totally silly!
That is right, Kendall has quite the skill.
She can recreate the call of a bird, and if your eyes are closed, you would be convinced that there was a bird in the room- and not Kendall Jenner!
One night, Kendall and her pals, including Cara Delevingne, were goofing around when Kendall decided to share her talent of making bird calls. Play it for yourself and see that Kendall may be part bird after all! Kendall’s ability to make these bird calls is quite impressive. Maybe she’ll have another career lined up before we know it! This is clearly a fun fact about Kendall we never imagined!
4 She Likes To Be Behind The Camera, Too
Kendall may be a model, but she has other passions and interests as well. She has always had a very active imagination and enjoys just taking in the sights and sounds of things around her. She likes to turn off her phone to experience and photograph nature. That is right, Kendall really enjoys taking regular photos- not just selfies!
According to Flare.com, Kendall’s love for photography is not just a hobby, she is so good at it, she has landed jobs! Flare.com reports that Love magazine hired Kendall to shoot their cover model, who just happened to be Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford’s daughter. Kendall enjoyed every minute of it, getting the chance to see a modeling shoot from the other side of the lens.
She did a pretty good job at it too! Kendall has spent money on some of the best photography equipment (and let’s face it, she can afford it all!), so clearly, this is an avenue the model and now the photographer is taking very seriously. We bet we will see more of Kendall’s photography skills, and not just the images she chooses to share with the world on social media.
3 She Has Always Loved Junk Food
We know what you are thinking- a model and junk food? Those two things definitely do not go hand in hand! Models are notorious for having to be on a very strict diet to maintain their super skinny figures. Well, Kendall is not buying into that! Sure, the girl does take care of herself, that is clear.
She is tall and beautiful, but also refuses to deprive her body of some much-needed food, even if that includes junk food!
Seventeen.com reports that Kendall Jenner has her favorite junk food item, and it is probably nothing that you would expect- both from a model, nor from a Kar-Jenner! Kendall reveals her favorite junk food of all time is Fritos chili cheese chips! We know, we are as shocked as you! It is hard to picture a supermodel eating this gas station type of snack, but, it is Kendall’s definite favorite.
Doesn’t that just make you like her even more?! People.com goes on to report that Kendall’s diet is far different from her fellow models. The gorgeous girl also indulges in egg toasties, pizza, and ice cream, and without a shred of guilt. Good for her!
2 As A Teen, She Suffered From Bad Acne
Kendall has none other than her little sister, Kylie, to thank for revealing to the world that she suffered from bad acne! In true sibling form (anyone with a brother or sister knows how siblings sometimes love to say things about us that we would never want the world to know!), Kylie told The New York Times that Kendall had such bad acne and skin problems it prompted her to visit a dermatologist.
This made Kylie want to follow suit, “My sister Kendall had really bad acne when she was younger, and she really cleared it up. I thought, ‘Well, if she cured Kendall, I should start to visit her.’” Both girls have nice skin, so whatever products they use or whoever this family dermatologist is, clearly works wonders!
The New York Times had a beauty profile in which Kylie revealed her sister’s not so wonderful skin. Well, we all know now that Kendall looks fabulous. Her skin has either cleared up or she gets medication and makeup that help her look the best she can look. If anything, knowing Kendall had bad acne just makes her that much more real to us!
1 She's Not A Big Fan Of Social Media
What is that, a Kar-Jenner who is not into social media?! Say it isn’t so! If you are like us, you find this shocking and unbelievable, especially since Kendall does have a huge social media presence. Hello, she has 91 million followers on Instagram. And yes, you read that right. She is very prominent on social media!
However, despite that, Kendall has shared that with Allure magazine that she is not all about social media, even though she does have to give something to all of her fans.
She admits that sometimes she will turn off her phone for days, just to not be distracted by social media. She will even delete her Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat apps for a few days, just to give herself a break.
She also says she hates it when people she is with are on their phones, "I find it offensive if you're with someone at a dinner and they're just sitting on their phone the whole time," she told Allure. "It's so crazy because even though we talk about trying to be present, everyone wants to be in the future now." She goes on to say, embracing the present is something she's really passionate about, saying, "I take things in a lot. I'm kind of weird like that. I like to go outside at night by myself and look at the sky and just appreciate it."
References: Biography.com, Vogue, Seventeen, Kris Jenner and all things Kardashian, by Kris Jenner, The New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Wikipedia, Flare.com, LA Times, People.com, Biography.com