The premise of “self-made” and its interpretation when it comes to privileged celebrities has been a huge debate. When Kylie Jenner was named Forbes’ youngest self-made billionaire, debates were raised due to her timeline in the limelight and her wealthy family. The 21-year-old defended her title, explaining how she doesn’t fall into any ofter category.
“There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth,” she said in Q&A with Interview Magazine’s German edition. “That is the category that I fall under,” she started.
She acknowledged how her fan base equated to her success but refuted claims that she used her family’s money to jump-start her wildly successful Kylie Cosmetics line.
“Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans. I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 percent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that.”
Earlier this month (March 5) the mother-of-one officially surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest person to reach billionaire status, when Kylie Cosmetics hit a billion dollars in revenue.