Kylie Jenner has been given the honour of covering Forbes magazine’s “richest self-made women issue”, pictured on the front in a blazer and I-mean-business bun.
The magazine lauds Jenner, 21, as a “$900 million cosmetics queen,” predicting she’ll soon be America’s youngest ever self-made billionaire. She comes it at no. 26 on the list.
There’s no question Kylie works hard to create cosmetics, such as her lip-kits, and leverages her social media power to ensure they sell out fast, sometimes in minutes.
But is she really self-made?
Dictionary.com don’t think so. The website shared a tongue-in-cheek tweet soon after the announcement, noting the definition of “self-made”:
“Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.”
Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 11, 2018
Kylie had and continues to use the platform of one of Hollywood’s most famous, influential and wealthy families from which to launch her products, and has been on TV since she was 10.
Not saying she doesn’t work hard. But “self-made”? Not everyone agrees.
Calling Kylie Jenner self-made without acknowledging anywhere the incredible headstart she had is what allows people to turn around and look at poor people and ask them why they haven’t become billionaires yet. Her story is not inspiring or motivating for anyone https://t.co/YMnTSzHlKP
— Lola (@lola_adewuya) July 11, 2018
brooo how in the world is Kylie Jenner classified as “self made” ?? Born rich, never had to grind for anything, never struggled with money or rising to the top? I feel like that’s just disrespect to all the fearless women who sacrificed everything to make it on Forbes list smh
— Lucas Bentes (@LBentess) July 11, 2018
I feel like Forbes doesn’t know what “self-made” means. https://t.co/2DzbIqzpnV
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 11, 2018
Still, the mother of Stormi, five months old, isn’t letting the criticism get to her.
She shared the cover on Instagram with the caption:
“Thank you for this article and the recognition. I’m so blessed to do what I love every day. I couldn’t have dreamt this up!”