Lip gloss mogul Kylie Jenner dons the cover of Forbes’ Magazine”America’s Women Billionaires” issue. The 20-year-old social media star was able to turn an insecurity into a nearly $1 billion dollar empire. With an estimated $100 million dollars in revenue in 2017 alone, Jenner is seeing that being in the beauty industry has a huge payoff. If her company keeps doing big numbers like those she is well on her way to being the youngest-ever-self-made-billionaire. A title previously held by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
Jenner describes feeling lost and struggling to find her niche while her siblings were venturing in the modeling and beauty industry. Her mother, Kris Jenner, advised her to go the modeling route and Kylie was able to rack up seven figures by doing gigs with PacSun, Sinful Colors, and Instagram Ad placements.
During this time Kylie underwent a cosmetic procedure on her lips. After getting tired of over-lining her lips to get the full-black woman esque features Kylie decided to get her own. A light went off in her head and in 2014 the phrase “Kylie Lip Kits … for the perfect pout” was trademarked. By investing $250,000 from her modeling gigs into an outside company to produce the products the Kylie Cosmetics was born.
By being one of the most followed people across all social media platforms, Kylie has an audience that will be easy to profit off of. She was able to outsource the production of her kits and Kris Jenner handles the business side of things. All Kylie has to do is cater to her audience. With hourly posts that includes selfies with the lipgloss name in the caption, videos of swatches and product launches, and let us not forget celeb endorsements from her sisters and other Instagram socialites. This model has allotted the young mother to earn 100% of her company.
This is an amazing accomplishment from a 20-year-old but the debate is that she’s not self-made. Even Dictionary.com took time to add to the discussion with a clarification on what self-made actually means.
Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) July 11, 2018
Kylie’s empire has been created since the inception of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” when she was just 10-years-old. She has been handed opportunities and advantages that most of us couldn’t even dream of. Which is why many aren’t too impressed with this billion dollar feat.
the lesson here is that if your parents have the connections to shop a reality show that launches when you're 10 so you're famous from childhood & have very famous siblings, maybe you too can pull yourself up from your bootstraps & start a company valued at billions #goals
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) July 11, 2018
It is not shade to point out that Kylie Jenner isn’t self-made. She grew up in a wealthy, famous family. Her success is commendable but it comes by virtue of her privilege. Words have meanings and it behooves a dictionary to remind us of that. https://t.co/2HzIJbLb8q
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 11, 2018
Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes is nonsense not just because she was born rich but because she was literally HANDED her influence. She steals people’s work, style, and culture. A doctor gave her her appearance, and her mother keeps her name in the news. Businesswoman my ASS.
— The Opinion (@SheraeSpeaks_) July 11, 2018
Others created the argument that she is self-made because her brother, Rob, was afforded the same opportunities…and well…flopped.
To put in perspetive how much Kylie and Kim have been grinding, these are noteable people on the list of the richest women in the US:
6. Oprah ($3.1B)
27. Kylie Jenner ($900M)
53. Beyoncè ($355M)
54. Kim Kardashian West ($350M)
60. Taylor Swift ($320M)
— Myleeza (@MyleezaKardash) July 11, 2018
People being mad that Kylie Jenner is almost a billionaire is the definition of jealousy. This girl is the richest of all her family members combined off of cosmetics ALONE. She took her name &the thing the public trashed her about and is about to make a billion!!
— MelaninChronicles 👑 (@MbNiza) July 11, 2018
Your family can give you millions to start a business
But to get $670m in sales from strangers takes some doing
Let's give Kylie Jenner the respect she deserves
— PRINTED TEES GUY (@Stevie_Madisha) July 11, 2018
If you think Kylie Jenner is not self made than why is Rob Kardashian not up there with his sock company?
The girl worked smart. She’s got it, accept it and learn from it.
— Rose Gold (@_RoseGold_25) July 11, 2018
What do you guys think? Is Kylie self-made or extremely privileged?
Are Jaden Smith and Tyler the Creator an item?
During his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival set, Jaden Smith passionately admits to the audience that Tyler is his boyfriend.
— JZ (@JennFuuur) November 12, 2018
In what many are sure was just a publicity stunt, Jaden told the crowd there was one thing he wanted them to take away from his performance.
“Tyler the Creator is my f*cking boyfriend.”
Jaden Smith has always been fairly ambiguous when it comes to sexual preference and recently Tyler has been challenging his own sexuality. While that doesn’t excuse Tyler’s homophobic past, it seems that Jaden’s fans are here for him and Tyler as an item.
Joke or not, Jaden seems to be going along with it on all his social media profiles. Tyler, who revealed he’s been “kissing white boys since 2004”, was not pleased with the gesture but has not detracted from the rumor.
If the two are actually involved, its a twisted gain in moving past the outdated view that homosexuality in hip-hop is negative.
Are you here for it? Do you think they’re just trolling us?
Pick a Side, Pick a Side: Tekashi 6ix9ine Hired the Sisters who are Suing Cardi B
Tekashi 6ix9ine took Nicki Minaj’s lyrics “pick a side, pick a side” literally for his upcoming music video. The “Gummo” rapper hired the sisters, Jade and Baddie Gi, for his music video featuring Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. According to TMZ, Tekashi flied the sisters out to the shoot and in a video on TMZ, the two are following behind Tekashi at a Beverly Hills location.
Sources say that the sisters were on set while the gunshots fired during the video shoot. The sisters are still going to remain in the music video once production starts rolling again.
What does this say about Nicki and Cardi’s peace treaty? This is obviously shady and while Tekashi is a known troll it’s questionable why she would allow them on the shoot? Is this going to be another chapter in the Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B saga?
Gunfire at Tekashi Video Shoot
Tekashi and Kanye West were at a video shoot in Beverly Hills when shots rang out at 10:25PM
At the stage for the video, a rented $80 million estate, approximately 8 shots were fired. Although no one was injured, there was damage to the home. At least one bullet destroyed a bedroom window.
Production was halted immediately and Kanye left the scene unscathed. Nicki was supposed to be at the shoot as well but she had not yet made it to the site.
The attack was allegedly a drive-by.
This is the 3rd shooting targeting Tekashi since his post-sentencing celebration. The rapper was charged with the use of a child in a sexual performance. Having only received a sentence of four years probation, it appears someone is unhappy with the judgment.
It is suspected that the shooting could be the result of a beef between Tekashi and YG. The two have been at odds since a video surfaced of Tekashi asking a fan to name a YG song.
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