Kylie Jenner was recently on the cover of Forbes magazine as “America’s Women Billionaires.” The twenty-year-old launched her own cosmetics company in 2016 called Kylie Cosmetics and it has boomed into a very successful empire, reaching a staggering $900 billion dollars in sales. She is reportedly on track to become “the youngest self-made billionaire ever” even beating out Marck Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook.
Forbes reports that Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its initial launch, which includes an estimated $330 million in 2017 alone and Jenner has sole ownership of her empire. She also ranks in money from product endorsements, cashes in her Keeping Up with the Kardashians paychecks, additional money from her clothing like Kendall + Kylie and her Puma deal.
There is no question that Jenner is way on her way to becoming a billionaire, but many people had issues with the words “self-made.” “Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided,” Dictionary.com tweeted in response to the article before adding: “Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman.”
While Jenner may have a booming empire she did not get here by herself. The twenty-year-old is a member of one of the biggest reality families on TV. Jenner started on the show before she had even gone through puberty. Her siblings are also very famous and very rich, as well as her father who was once an Olympic athlete before coming out as transgender.
Kylie Jenner definitely built up her brand thanks to social media and her fans and many praised her for gracing the cover of Forbes, but many were also quick to point out that Jenner’s success was heavily due to her privileged upbringing. People felt there ware so many others who were more deserving of being on the cover.
The ladies on “The View” also discussed Jenner’s title on the cover of the magazine, Senator Kamala Harris said that she did not think Kyle Jenner was “self-made,” to her self-made was someone like Oprah who wasn’t given financial handouts or Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon who started his company out of his garage.
Twitter users also had a lot to say with one user tweeting, “Calling Kyle Jenner a ‘self-made billionaire’ is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it.” Another user said, “Calling Kylie Jenner ‘self-made’ is like calling McDonalds ‘homemade’ stop this madness.”
But not everyone felt this way some defended the young entrepreneur, “Self-Made” was the right word, but noted “she definitely took the foundation that was given to her and ran with it. Can’t even be mad. Not one bit.”
Fox news has pointed out that while she may have gotten help from her famous family she did invest $250,000 of her own money from modeling gigs to produce the first line of lip kits that led to her success.