The model, actress, and author Carol Alt was not particularly amused by Kendall Jenner’s recent comments about her modeling schedule. To recap: A little less than a month ago, Jenner, who didn’t walk in any New York Fashion Week shows this season, spoke frankly about how she chooses her projects, saying, “Since the beginning we’ve been super selective about what shows I would do.” She added, “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the f–k those girls do.” Plenty of models quickly responded, pointing out that Jenner’s comments were dismissive and out of touch with the fact that for the vast majority of models, they actually need the income of as many shows as possible. Jenner was born rich and her contracts are lucrative; for another girl in the industry, a job is a job.
In fairness, Jenner’s original quote continued to say, “I was never one of those girls who would do, like, 30 shows a season or whatever the f–k those girls do. More power to ’em” [emphasis added]. She also said that she has she worked on “a million jobs, not only catwalks but everything else,” a combination that “was very overwhelming” and brought her to “the verge of a mental breakdown.” Perhaps is was not just Jenner’s privilege, but also her anxiety, that curbed the number of shows she takes per season.
After the dust-up, Jenner used Twitter to clarify that she is inspired by her fellow models’ work ethics and had no intention to slight them, writing, “I get to experience firsthand their tireless commitment, their work ethic, the endless days, the lack of sleep, separation from family and friends, stress of traveling, the toll on physical and mental health, yet they still make it all look effortless and beautiful.”
Ms. Alt, a prolific cover girl of the ’80s, however, had some choice words about the role of nepotism in the industry. She told Page Six, “I was the daughter of a fireman. What chance did I have against the Gwyneth Paltrows of the world? They were Hollywood elite, and Hollywood royalty.” Well, fair enough. Celebrity spawn rules the runway to this day. It can’t be easy for a talented but unknown face to go up against, say, Kaia Gerber. Alt continued, “I remember losing my Lancôme contract to [the daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini] Isabella Rossellini. I took Lancôme to number one, and they wanted royalty. I was a new young face so Lancôme dropped me…. But the best part about it is that Covergirl picked me up, and I took Covergirl to number one. So it worked out just fine.”
Still, the trend of celebrity children walking the runway doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Celebrity scions like Madonna’s daughter Lourdes Leon and Laura Dern’s son Ellery Harper just made their catwalk debuts this past New York Fashion Week.
Inside New York Fashion Week’s Best Parties, with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and More of Your Favorite Celebrities
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Martha Stewart attends RH, Restoration Hardware Celebrates the Unveiling of RH New York.
Stan Smith attends as adidas Originals and Stan Smith celebrate the book launch of “Stan Smith: Some People Think I’m A Shoe.”
Karen Gillan, Thom Browne, and Danai Gurira attend Daniella Vitale, Thom Browne, and Danai Gurira Celebrate Barneys New York and Thom Browne. Exclusive Partnership For New York Fashion Week.
Elizabeth Chambers and Armie Hammer attends Cartier Celebrates the Precious Garage Launch Event.
Troye Sivan attends Cartier Celebrates the Precious Garage Launch Event.
Lily Collins attends Cartier Celebrates the Precious Garage Launch Event.
Haze Khadra and Simi Khadra attend the Dundas Travelling Pop-up New York Fashion Week party.
Francia Raisa attends the Shopbop Diner.
Jasmine Tookes attends the Shopbop Diner.
Daphne Groenveld attends Up&Down hosts the launch of start up tech venture EAROS.
Linda Fargo and Brandon Maxwell attend Linda Fargo and Brandon Maxwell host the launch of NOIR at Bergdorf Goodman.
Cynthia Erivo attends the Ruth Chapman x Galvan Dinner.
Zosia Mamet attends the Ruth Chapman x Galvan Dinner:
Lauryn Hill attends Woolrich ‘American Soul’ Party.
Jessica Hart and Peter Dundas attend he Dundas Travelling Pop-up New York Fashion Week party.
Lais Ribiero attends the Dundas Travelling Pop-up New York Fashion Week party.
Natasha Poly attends the Dundas Travelling Pop-up New York Fashion Week party.
Karolina Kurkova attends the 10 Corso Como New York Opening
Olivia Palermo attends the 10 Corso Como New York Opening.
Chloe Wise attends Forty Five Ten’s store opening event.
Shaun Ross attends THE BLONDS Spring/Summer 2019 After Party at the blond.
Sasha Velour, Christina Aguilera, and Farrah Moan attend the Opening Ceremony Fall 2018 after party.
Debby Ryan attends the Opening Ceremony Fall 2018 after party.
A$AP Rocky attends Telfar’s post-show celebration at Public Hotel.
J. Alexander attends Telfar’s post-show celebration at Public Hotel.
Maximilian Klemens attends Telfar’s post-show celebration at Public Hotel.
Adwoa Aboah, Paloma Elsesser, and Yoon Ambush attend the RIMOWA 120th Anniversary Dinner.
Alexandre Arnault and Naomi Campbell attend the RIMOWA 120th Anniversary Dinner
Karlie Kloss and Halima Aden attend the RIMOWA 120th Anniversary Dinner