After Kim Kardashian‘s fiancé Kanye West campaigned for months to get her on the cover of Vogue, editors at the fashion bible have opted for a younger model — literally. Thirty-three-year-old Kardashian’s sister Kendall Jenner, 18, was crowned the new It girl of fashion by the mag in a gushing new online feature published Friday afternoon.
Jenner “is on the verge of It girl-dom in a way that her more famous sisters blew right past in their prolifically documented and methodically unorthodox quest for world domination,” the article proclaims. “…she is having a moment that might spell the kind of modeling career that none of her sisters ever had the opportunity, or perhaps the interest, to pursue.”
Those words must sting for Kardashian, who has forced her way onto the covers of countless magazines, but never the elusive Vogue. And in the past, Jenner even accused Kardashian of pushing her into modeling as a way of fulfilling her own shattered couture dreams.
“Kim originally wanted to do runway but she was too short for it,” Jenner said on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2011. “I think she’s taking her fantasy out on me. … Kim is living vicariously through me.”
But if Kardashian is jealous of Jenner’s ability to succeed where she has failed, she’s not showing it. On Thursday, she tweeted, “Proudest sister ever!!!! @kendalljenner I love watching you live your dream! #marcjacobs #nyfw”
And as for Jenner, Vogue envisions great things, asking breathlessly, “could we be looking at the next Juergen Teller subject? A selfie-taking Sofia Coppola? The Cara [Delevingne] to Kourtney [Kardashian]‘s Poppy [Delevingne]? A Calabasas-raised Alexa Chung? Or was Jenner just a publicity stunt for the New York designer’s eponymous label, which has been watched closely since he left Louis Vuitton last year?And if so, does it even matter? She walked the Marc Jacobs show.”
And Kim did not.