Kylie Jenner has been in the spotlight for quite some time, even though she’s just in her early twenties. Kylie is known for being part of a world-famous family who has become reality show royalty. She also has her own cosmetics line and as of 2020, Jenner has a net worth of $1 billion and was recognized as the youngest billionaire in the world at age 21.
Being raised in an extroverted celebrity family, Kylie has been in the spotlight all of her life. From childhood, she’s shown entrepreneurial traits and her business accomplishments are even more impressive than her work as a celebrity.
In 2012, when Jenner was just 12 years old, she collaborated with her older sister Kendall to create the “Kendall and Kylie” clothing line distributed by PacSun.
Kylie started her own makeup line in 2015 called Kylie Lip Kits; the following year she renamed the line Kylie Cosmetics. Jenner also released an app that reached the top spot in the iTunes App Store.
Time Magazine recognized Kylie and Kendall Jenner as some of the most influential teens in the world in 2014 and 2015. The sisters make a considerable impact on their fans via social media. Kylie Jenner is especially popular on Instagram and is one of the most followed people on the social media platform with more than 150 million followers.
In 2017, Jenner had the distinction of being the youngest person on the Forbes 100 List. The following year, the New York Post cited Kylie Jenner as being the fashion industry’s most influential celebrity.
Kylie Jenner has to nail lacquers distributed by the Nicole by OPI nail polish brand. The colors are called Wear Something Spar-kylie and Rainbow in the S-kylie. Kendall Jenner had OPI endorsements as well, and the sisters earned $100,000 each for these endorsements in 2013.
In November 2013, the Jenner sisters launched a line of jewelry with Glamhouse by Pascal Mouawad. They worked with the designer to create the Metal Haven by Kendall & Kylie jewelry collection.
Kylie set up an eBay account where she auctions vintage clothing to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In November 2013, Jenner joined her family for a charity yard sale. The proceeds were donation-matched and she sent her portion to Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry and the Greater Los Angeles Fisher House Foundation.
Kylie also joined her sisters Khloe and Kendall, along with The Game and Lil Twist at PINZ bowling alley in Studio City, California in January 2014. The event was held to raise money for the Robin Hood Foundation, a nonprofit organization for which The Game pledged to raise a million dollars in donations. Kendall and Kylie also participated in Chris Brown’s Kick’n It For Charity Celebrity Kickball games in Glendale, California in July 2014 and August 2014. Jenner competed against singer/action Quincy Brown’s team. Jenner donated her portion of the proceeds from the game to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community.
In February 2014, Kylie and Kendall launched a handbag and shoe line for Madden Girl by Steve Madden. The sisters also hosted the 2014 Much Music Video Awards. Kylie made her acting debut with a promo for the awards show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in June 2014. In August of that year, the Jenner sisters appeared in the “Recognize” music video for singer PartyNextDoor.
Kylie and Kendall also co-wrote a dystopian science fiction novel called Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia. The story focused on Lex and Livia, twin girls who were living in a “self-sustaining biosphere” created from the Earth’s remains, known as Indra. Initially, critics believed that the book was ghostwritten. This prompted Maya Sloan, the ghostwriter of the novel, to disclose that the Jenner sisters did write a two-page outline for the novel. However, Sloan, was actually responsible for writing the book. The Jenners’ creative director, Elizabeth Killmond-Roman, further clarified that the sisters had several FaceTime and Skype calls with Sloan to discuss the novel’s content. Critics didn’t take the novel seriously, and it only sold 13,000 copies in its first four months. City of Indra had a sequel called Time of the Twins, which the Jenner sisters also co-authored.
Kylie Jenner also launched a hair extension line called Kylie Hair Kouture in partnership with Bellami Hair in October 2014.
Kylie Jenner was born in Los Angeles, California in 1997. She is the youngest daughter of Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner), who was the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner. Her mother is Kris Jenner. She and her older sister Kendall share the same mother and father. Kylie also has three older sisters from her mother: Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, as well as a brother, Robert Jr. On her father’s side of the family, she has three older brothers, Burt, Brandon and Brody, and a sister named Casey.
Jenner attended Sierra Canyon School and was a cheerleader. According to Jenner, she also performed in school and community plays when she was younger. In 2012, Kylie began home school and enrolled in an at-home education program. She graduated and received her high school diploma in 2015 from Laurel Springs School in Ojai, California.
In February 2016, Jenner changed the name of her cosmetic company to Kylie Cosmetics. The number of kits the company sold rose from 15,000 to 5000,000. Jenner released a three-minute promotional video for a new series of lip gloss in March 2016. The promo was directed by Colin Tilley, and featured models Mara Teigen, Karin Jinsui and Jasmine Sanders. The song in the promotional video was “Three Strikes” by Terror Jr. The band Terror Jr was created the same day the video was released. However, people suspected that Lisa Vatale, the lead singer of the band, was actually Kylie Jenner in disguise. However, Kylie denied that she was posing as Vatale. However, in May 2016, Jenner made her music debut when she rapped on “Beautiful Day,” a song by producer Burberry Perry. She appeared on the song with Lil Yachty, Justine Skye and longtime friend Jordyn Woods.
During the fall of 2016, it was announced that Kylie Jenner would be the new face of PUMA along with Rae Sremmurd. The following year, Jenner made a surprise appearance at the Rio Americano High School prom in Sacramento. She was Albert Ochoa’s date; Ochoa was a high school junior whose date stood him up.
In June 2017, Kylie announced two cosmetic sets in partnership with her sister Khloe Kardashian and the KoKo collection from Kylie Cosmetics. Later that month, Jenner was accused of stealing designs for several camouflage items available at her online store from PluggedNYC, an independent design label.
PluggedNYC’s director supported these claims. In that same month, Jenner was listed as number 59 on the Forbes Celebrity 100. The list features the 100 highest-paid celebrities of the previous year. After earning about $41.000,000, Jenner became the youngest person on the list when she was 19 years old. Jenner also worked with Quay Australia, a sunglasses company based in Melbourne, to release a line of sunglasses called Quay x Kylie. In 2018, Kylie Cosmetics had sold around $630 million in makeup products.
Jenner also stars in a reality show about her life called of Life of Kylie which premiered in August 2017. The show attracted half the viewers that Jenner’s brother Rob Kardashian’s reality show Rob & Chyna did for its debut.
In April 2019, Jenner and her half-sister Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty were collaborating to launch a new perfume. The collaboration become Kylie Jenner’s first attempt into the fragrance industry; the product launched April 26.
Kylie also founded her own skincare line called Kylie Skin in 2019 which launched on May 22. The skin care line includes dermis products like scrubs, face washes, moisturizers and makeup remover wipes. In September 2019, Jenner announced that she is the makeup artistic director for Balmain’s Spring 2020 runway show at Paris Fashion Week. In celebration of the new line, Kylie Cosmetics and Balmain introduced a capsule makeup collection that will be available on September 27, the day of the show, on the Kyle Cosmetics website. This was the first time Kylie Jenner collaborated on a makeup collection with someone outside of her relatives or inner circle. However, Jenner had to cancel her appearance at Paris Fashion Week because she was too ill to travel to Paris. She received treatment for flu symptoms at a hospital.
In October 2019, Kylie Jenner filed to trademark the phrase “rise and shine,” a line that became a popular meme when footage of Jenner singer the phrase to her daughter Stormi went viral. The hashtag #RiseandShine raised a billion views on TikTok and became the fastest-growing hashtag trend on the platform. Jenner also wants to trademark “riiise and shiiinnee”: this trademark would apply to clothing and the former trademark would pertain to cosmetics.
In June 2017, Kylie and Kendall announced that they would release a line of vintage T-shirts for their Kendall + Kylie clothing line called Rock vs. Rap. The t-shirts would feature the images of several influential rock and rap artists, such as Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd, Metallica, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Ozzy Osbourne. The shirts also featured pictures of the Jenner sister superimposed over the images of the artists.
However, the announcement of the product line got immediate criticism from the representatives and relatives of the musicians featured on the shirts, including Sharon Osbourne, Jim Jampol and Voletta Wallace, Notorious B.I.G.’s mother. People on social media also called the t-shirts “insensitive” since many of the celebrities featured on the shirts had passed away. Wallace, as well as The Doors’ manager and the estate of Jim Morrison issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Jenner sisters, stating that Kylie and Kendall were not authorized to use the likeness of these musicians. The Jenners apologized and pulled the shirts from retail.
Kylie Jenner appeared on the August 2018 issue of Forbes. The publication estimated that Jenner’s net worth was $900 million and that she was close to becoming the youngest self-made billionaire. This would mean that Jenner made more money that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who become a billionaire when he was 23. However, Forbes’ use of the term “self-made” was met with significant criticism and scoffing online. Critics stated that Jenner was not self-made, since she was already born into fortune and fame.
Much of society made a joke about Jenner’s “self-made billionaire” status. Dictionary.com took to Twitter to define “self-made” to reinforce the notion that people who make money themselves without having rich families are self-made. Comedian Fat Jew even jokingly started a GoFundMe page to help Kylie earn another $100 million so she would officially be a billionaire. Comedian Michelle Wolf also performed a comedy act that went viral about Jenner’s fame and success. On a more serious note, journalists wrote pieces on inequality and inheritance and wealth distribution to explore Jenner’s success.
Kim Kardashian, Jenner’s half-sister, and socialite Paris Hilton defended Jenner from the backlash. Kardashian and Hilton confirmed that Kylie is a self-made billionaire and has worked hard to achieve her goals. Hilton also stated that she, too, is self-made, even though she comes from a wealthy family. Jenner responded to the criticism by stating “the self-made thing is true…my parents told me I needed to make my own money, it’s time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that. What I’m trying to say is, I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited.
In February 2017, Australian singer Kylie Minogue won a legal battle against Kylie Jenner for trademarking the name “Kylie.” Jenner filed a U.S. trademark application to use the name for endorsement and advertising services in 2015.
Kylie Jenner dated Australian singer Cody Simpson in 2011. One of her most controversial relationships was with rapper Tyga, whom she dated from 2014 to 2017. The relationship was followed closely in the media, since Tyga was previously engaged to Blac Chyna, who was a friend of Jenner’s sister, Kim Kardashian. Some people believed that Kylie lured Tyga away from his former fiancé. People also criticized the relationship due to the age difference between Tyga and Jenner. Kylie was a teenager when the pair dated, and Tyga was in his 20s.
The same year Kylie and Tyga ended their relationship, she started dating rapper Travis Scott. In February 2018, Jenner and Scott welcomed a baby girl, Stormi Webster. The couple ended their relationship in September 2019, but in recent months, the media has reported that Jenner and Scott may be rekindling their relationship.