Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Backlash over Forbes dubbing Kylie Jenner 'self-made'

Backlash over Forbes dubbing Kylie Jenner 'self-made'

Jenner, who turns 21 in August, appears on the cover of the financial magazine's "America's Women Billionaires" issue.

Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of what Forbes calls the "Kardashian-Jenner industrial complex", is on track to pass Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire thanks to her 2-year-old Kylie Cosmetics enterprise.

The campaign description reads: "Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking".

"Calling Kylie Jenner a "self-made billionaire' is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it", while another posted on Twitter: "For f*** sake, if you start the 40-yard dash on the 39-yard line, you are NOT self-made". Kylie, at nearly 21, has an estimated $900 million to her name, thanks largely to the success of her make-up line and lip-kit specifically.

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As people debate Forbes' decision to put Kylie Jenner on a list of "self-made" billionaires, Dictionary.com is wading into the discourse.

Discussion around whether Jenner, whose upbringing in ritzy Calabasas was documented on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", is truly "self-made" quickly exploded. "She grew up in a wealthy, famous family".

However, many have taken to social media to point out that the term is usually used to describe those who have worked their way up from nothing, unlike Kylie who came from a privileged background. Kylie is one of half a dozen women on the list because of make-up.

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