In the face of naysayers and doubters, Kendall Jenner has seemingly done the impossible: She’s become a legit fashion model. After walking in her first New York Fashion Week show (Marc Jacobs Fall 2014 in a much-discussed sheer top), Kendall catapulted to the top of the modeling industry.
The last two years have been a whirlwind of high-profile campaigns, magazine covers, runway shows and accolades. She landed a major beauty contract with cosmetics giant Estée Lauder, fronted the campaign for Balmain x H&M and posed for a series of international Vogue covers. And she accomplished all this while still finding time to update her Instagram, film Keeping Up with the Kardashians and appear in Cosmopolitan photoshoots with her famous family.
Kendall is still the same girl we met on #KUWTK: A silly dancer (watch her Whip and Nae Nae in a Balmain x H&M ad) and obsessive social media maven (catch her staring at her phone in the middle of a party for an Estée Lauder commercial). But her foray into high fashion modeling revealed an Olympian-like work ethic and focus that truly set her apart.
On this her 20th birthday, we look back at the model moments that made Kendall a fashion industry favorite. Happy Birthday KJ!