Why the Kendall Jenner open letter is so depressing

Newsflash: life isn't fair. Modelling life really isn't

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Kendall Jenner has been brutally criticised by a fellow model, Arisce Wanzer, in an open letter published on theblot.com. It goes on a bit, so if the whole thing is TL; DR for you here's the recap:

1. Making a name for yourself in modelling is really hard, often low-paid work.

2. Lots of models come from difficult backgrounds in developing economies, where their paypackets help support families and friends.

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3. Getting booked for a big show is really exciting.

So far, so uncontroversial. But where, you ask, does Kendall Jenner come in? Here:

4. It totally devalues your work, efforts and indeed the whole concept of fashion itself if Kendall is appearing in a show you're walking in, because she doesn't need the money and her mum probably got her the job in the first place, so she completely deserves the rumoured bullying she was victim of at the s/s 2015 shows. (Which, by the way, didn't happen, according to Kim Kardashian in ELLE's upcoming cover interview.)

Now. Arisce's rant is clearly heartfelt, and borne of frustration and, well, jealousy. We've all been there. But:

1. Kendall has been modelling since 2009 so it's not like the concept of paying her dues is entirely alien to her.

2. Some models are from poor backgrounds and in need of the money. And some aren't. Cara Delevingne was hardly scraping by on benefits before she hit the big time.

3. Just because you're privileged, it doesn't necessarily follow that you're bad at your job.

4. Terrifying though she is, the idea that Karl Lagerfeld is at the beck and call of Kris Jenner? Er...

5. But more to the point, success in the fashion world isn't predictable, or fair. It's a strange, mercurial and mysterious process - which is why hundreds of people in the industry are dedicated to indentifying the Next Big Thing: the face, colour, style or cut that's going to capture imaginations and open wallets. It could be someone who has been working for years - or someone who just walked off the street. So Kendall's the model of the moment? You might as well complain that you didn't win the lottery, even though you bought a ticket.

Anyway. The real point is that no matter how justified, complaining about someone else's good fortune is never a good look. And crucially it won't make an iota of difference to your life either, except by wasting your energy thinking about someone else (who definitely isn't thinking about you). Women of the world: stop obsessing about what the person next to you has, because even if it gets taken away from them, it won't get given to you. And maybe even try to find it in your heart to be a bit supportive. You know, just in case that karma thing turns out to be true... 

Image: Rex.

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