Kendall Jenner is a Scorpio. And it’s with typical Scorpio reserve that Jenner and I don’t talk about that truth till almost the tip of our time collectively. However the qualities ascribed to the signal weave all through our dialog. Jenner speaks typically of change and evolution. “I really feel like I’m coming into my womanhood,” she tells me, “and having so many sturdy ladies round me has helped form my sense of value.”
Jenner, 27, is in a starkly white room with cabinets filled with artwork books and novels behind her. She’s dressed casually in a black tank, her hair pulled again, her pores and skin dewy. She appears as if she’s simply come from a hike or a visit to the canine run, the platonic excellent of how one would possibly look lounging round the home. When she speaks, it’s with the self-awareness of somebody who has spent her total grownup life in entrance of a digicam. She typically qualifies what she’s saying with the way it should come off.
“I most likely sound so L.A.,” she says at one level. Later: “I most likely sound corny.” It reads much less as nervousness than as somebody who’s used to being noticed, chopping off the observer on the move, a reminder that she is aware of how others would possibly attempt to match her right into a narrative. Whilst she is checked out, she is wanting again.
Jenner’s household has been on the vanguard of world common tradition since Maintaining Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007. The present, which aired for 14 years on E!, moved final yr to Hulu, the place it was rechristened The Kardashians. Jenner was 11 when it first aired, positioned early on as the child sister concerned in healthful scrapes with youthful sibling Kylie, in distinction to the within view of their older sisters’ lives as they labored to construct their model and fame. However Jenner remembers her childhood as a spot with areas of sanctuary. “I simply form of stored to myself,” she says. “I liked hiding out in my room and doing my very own factor or driving my horses.”
“My favourite a part of getting older is the knowledge and information.”
“She’s at all times been very particular about who she was,” her mom, Kris Jenner, says. “Her superpower is figuring out when it’s an excessive amount of or when it’s not sufficient. … She’s loads smarter at that than I’m, and she or he form of taught me a factor or two about it.”
Jenner’s capacity to take care of a way of mystique has been essential to her success in style, the place she is now one of the vital in-demand fashions. Important to the job is a persona that hints at knowability whereas sustaining a way of thriller, permitting viewers to assemble their very own story—the dance of creativeness that makes up what we perceive to be glamour.
“It’s not at all times the simplest business to be in,” Jenner says. “It may be actually cutthroat and intense typically.” However the style enterprise now could be radically completely different from the one Jenner entered almost a decade in the past. Her rise mirrors shifts in how manufacturers and careers are made—and the place energy lies. Jenner was on the forefront of a brand new era of fashions—a lot of them, like her, both born into privilege or nepo-baby adjoining—utilizing social media to increase their private manufacturers by providing glimpses of their personal lives. She now has greater than 292 million followers on Instagram and upwards of 5 million on TikTok. And Jenner works. Amid her perpetually stacked slate of Kardashians and runway and marketing campaign obligations, she additionally has her personal tequila model, 818, and she or he not too long ago introduced a brand new partnership with L’Oréal Paris.
“I like actually exhausting, and I like with out apology.”
Whereas the Kardashian machine undoubtedly gave her a leg up, she has diligently discovered methods of transferring between the realms of actuality TV and ultrahigh style with out being subsumed by both. “I believe when issues seem to come back very simply to folks, there’s plenty of criticism,” says casting director (and Harper’s Bazaar contributing editor) Anita Bitton, who forged Jenner in her first Marc Jacobs present in 2014. “However with the intention to preserve all of that stuff, there’s a sure diploma of rigor that’s concerned, and Kendall has that rigor,” explains Bitton. “Kendall Jenner is her personal individual.”
“I really feel actually balanced proper now,” Jenner says. “I began my remedy journey a yr and a half in the past. I meet with my therapist as soon as every week, so each week I’m studying one thing new. I’m continuously evolving and simply excited to do this.”
This previous spring, Jenner’s sister Kim famously trolled her with a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase “Kendall Beginning 5,” for her penchant for relationship professional basketball gamers. The web has additionally exploded over her rumored relationship with Unhealthy Bunny. It’s a facet of Jenner’s life that, like most issues, has needed to play out in full view, however it’s additionally one she, unsurprisingly, holds sacred.
“I like actually exhausting, and I like with out apology,” she says. “I don’t like goodbyes, and I’ll struggle to not must say goodbye. I’ll at all times struggle for relationships. I’ve been that method since I used to be little, though I used to be shy and typically very closed off,” she continues. “I don’t quit on something. Some folks aren’t prepared to fulfill me at that degree. However that’s okay. I’d fairly try this than shut myself off to one thing and never give it a correct probability.”
I ask Jenner if she’s aware of the astrological lore round Scorpios, who’re mentioned to be so mysterious as a result of they’re related to not one however three symbols: the scorpion, the stereotypical vengeful stinger; the eagle, which makes use of Scorpios’ capability for exhausting work to raised their world; and the phoenix, whose capability for deep love results in increased understanding. The concept is that Scorpios embody all of those archetypes at sure factors, biking via them, not essentially in a linear method. For Jenner, it’s yet one more narrative to barter. “My affection for folks and my empathy has solely grown,” she says, smiling. “My favourite a part of getting older is the knowledge and information.”
The interview, video shoot, and photograph shoot for this story had been performed earlier than the SAG-AFTRA strike.
This text seems within the September 2023 subject of Harper’s Bazaar, accessible on newsstands August 29.