Kendall Jenner was anointed by the blogosphere as the model to watch this New York Fashion Week, knocking back stints on DVF, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan runways. Not bad for the gawky, seemingly moody little sister dragged to New York in early episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and made to practice runway walking or model prom dresses in the garment district.
Back then, it seemed as though the leggy lovely would never break through into high fashion. Stories circulated about the whole Kardashian klan being turned away from the city’s coolest venues and Vogue was just a crazy pipe dream. Fashion as an entity believed it could never be duped into accepting a Kardo-Jenner but times have changed and Internet traffic, the kind this family weilds, brokers deals. Thanks to clever career planning and bold-faced connections, Ms. Jenner has made the fashion leap.
But she didn’t get there on her own. Here’s a smattering of bold-faced names who’ve helped Ms. Jenner make the leap from reality TV bit player to New York fashion’s It Girl.