While neither Kendall Jenner nor Gigi Hadid have ever appeared on the ultimate modelling competition that is America’s Next Top Model, the creator and host of the show, Tyra Banks believes that the ladies wouldn’t have been able to succeed without it.
Why? Well because the show paved the way for reality TV stars to become supermodels. Tyra told Entertainment Weekly:
“I think it has opened up the world to accepting reality television stars as models. If you think about Kendall and Kylie Jenner – people think Kylie’s not a model, but I think she’s a model – and Gigi Hadid and all of these girls from reality television, I think Top Model knocked down the doors for that to be okay in the high fashion world.”
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While it is true that both Kendall and Gigi first found fame on their families’ reality shows – Kendall has been on Keeping Up With The Kardashians since she was 11 and Gigi on The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills – both ladies have spoken out about how they have attempted to separate themselves from these worlds.
Ms Jenner has frequently commented on how she actually thinks her reality TV fame held her back from entering the world of high fashion. She even dropped her last name on her modelling card and banned her family from watching her on the catwalk when she first started out. The model once admitted to Us Weekly:
“People didn’t want to take a chance on me, I think because I was sort of known. They were a little bit on the fence about it. Some people might think that what I’ve done before made it easier for me to get jobs, but it was actually a disadvantage. I had to work even harder.”
Meanwhile her BFF Gigi – who actually only appeared on the show a few times to support her mum – explicity told the same magazine, “I don’t want to be a reality star, I want to focus on my career.”
Although the girls’ major Insta following certainly has contributed to their amazing success, the jury is still out on whether being on reality TV helped or hindered their brands.