Kendall Jenner: ‘In Reality, I Worked Pretty Hard’ For Modeling Success, ‘Not Trying To Use A Family Name’ To Get Ahead

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Nov. 17 2014, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET

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The secret to Kendall Jenner’s rapid success as a fashion model? Hard work.

That, according to the 19-year-old Kardashian-Jenner family beauty, in an interview with ABC News Monday.

When asked about whispers her catwalk success has been fueled by her family’s huge name (and the publicity it brings), Kendall set the record straight, saying she’s put in the work “running around” and “doing tests.

In reality, I worked pretty hard for this … it wasn’t just like I just got it, magically and it happened … I’m not trying to use a family name  or anything.”

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When asked if she banned her super-famous sister Kim Kardashian and other relatives from attending her shows, the lanky beauty said she came to a “mutual understanding” with those in question about the arrangement.

"I think if my sister’s sitting in the front row, and my sister is who she is, it sounds weird, but it would have almost taken the attention away from what I'm trying to do on my own.”

Jenner, who just signed with Estee Lauder, also denied she’s dating Justin Bieber, calling him no more than a family friend.

As Radar previously reported, Kendall hasn’t been well-received by many of her pretty peers in the modeling industry, some of whom put out their cigarettes in her drink at September’s New York Fashion Week, over lingering resentment her career has been powered by her family’s reputation.

“They thought she was getting special treatment and just weren’t okay with it,” an insider said. “Models can be cruel, especially with someone new and entitled.”

More of Kendall’s chit-chat can be seen on ABC’s Nightline Monday at 12:35/11:35c.

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