Kendall Jenner Stuns on Allure Cover, Admits It's Hard to Stand Out in a Big Family: "I Wanted the Attention"

Model makes her first Allure cover

By Nicole Adlman Feb 12, 2015 12:05 AMTags
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It's getting harder and harder to keep up with Kendall Jenner!

The model-on-the-move is making another stunning magazine appearance, this time for Allure's March 2015 issue. On the cover, Kendall wears a high drama (but deceptively simple) beauty look, sporting nude lips, fresh, dewy skin and heavily-rimmed eyes.

The accompanying interview proves that the 19-year-old beauty has really come into her own: She details what it was like to grow up in front of millions ("When I started getting in front of the camera…my confidence started to come out," she explained, adding that the young reality star life wasn't ultimately "a negative thing") and why she's taken an independent approach to her career (Kendall's modeling cards only say her first name as a measure to ensure she will be treated like everyone else).

Kendall, in fact, started her career on her own (as a child, she crafted a scrapbook of photos—an early portfolio—called "Kendall's Modeling Book") and kept it that way for her catwalk debut: She famously admitted to The Cut that she told big sis Kim Kardashian to not attend her shows for the spring-summer 2015 season. In Allure, Kendall further explains why she wanted to take to the runway without her mega-star older siblings in the front row.

"As selfish as this sounds, I wanted the attention to be on me for five seconds rather than my family. If they were sitting front row, it would have been all about, ‘Oh, Kim goes to Kendall's first fashion show!'" Kendall said. "I love Kim, but for a minute I wanted it to be like, ‘OK, this is [Kendall's] thing—and she's taking it seriously.'"

Mission accomplished: Kendall is now a supermodel in her own right. She's walked for some of the most important designers in high fashion, landed major campaigns (oh, hello Karl and Estée) and has even made her mark as a clothing designer (her new collection with Topshop, a joint venture with sister Kylie Jenner, will debut this summer).

A behind-the-scenes video shows Kendall getting up close and personal with a, well, primate—and a hot male model (#nbd). For the editorial, she poses in a variety of sexy one-piece bathing suits (really, those cut-outs make a bikini seem irrelevant).

All in all, we can tell it was a successful shoot: In the footage, when Kendall finally gets to look at the pictures that have been taken, she smiles widely and says "Yes, yes!"