Nepotism Watch: Do Reality Spawn Gigi Hadid And Kendall Jenner Deserve Their Fashion Fame?


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Kendall Jenner‘s modeling career is on the rise, and after walking the runway at New York, Paris and London fashion weeks, she wants to make it clear her famous family isn’t pulling any strings behind the scenes. “She went and auditioned, and she just goes by the name of Kendall, hoping that people won’t think that she gets any [handouts],” sister Kim Kardashian recently told the Huffington Post. Wait a minute! Could the Kardashian/Jenner name be considered a bad thing?

Hollywood has a history of nepotism. From the Barrymores to the Smiths, we’ve all questioned whether or not young stars have risen to success on their own merit or due to the name of their much more successful parents. If you’ve been following updates from fashion month around the globe, you’ve likely come across the names Kendall and Gigi Hadid, both of which should sound familiar — particularly if you’re a reality television fan. They may not come from famous rockers — but rather parents who’ve risen to fame on reality television — but like Lily Collins and Minka Kelly, they’re hot. Gigi has been featured on the Reality Housewives of Beverly Hills, as the daughter to Dutch model Yolanda Foster. Her father Mohamed Hadid has more money than a moderately sized European country and her stepfather just so happens to have produced songs for Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Barbra Streisand. Kendall has appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, as a member of the most famous Klan of the 21st century and daughter to an Olympian and professional momager. She’s watched siblings Kim, Kourtney and Khloe find their own success, and once she turned 18, Kendall wasted no time booking racier shoots and entangling herself in the kind of tabloid headlines typically reserved for her older sisters. Gigi, on the other hand, has a much lower personal profile. Her push towards bigger modeling work was captured by Bravo cameras, as well as her cross-country move to New York City. Now she’s dating Australian pop star Cody Simpson and posting selfies with Ireland Baldwin.

Each young woman has had a busy start to 2014, with multiple high-profile modeling gigs to her name. Skeptics will be quick to assume the sudden surge in bookings and publicity stems from their reality television fanbase, but these two 18-year-olds are as gorgeous and talented as they come. But who deserves the fashion fame more? Check out the stats.

Gigi Hadid for Sports Illustrated

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The Model: Gigi Hadid
The Parents: Yolanda Foster and Mohamed Hadid; David Foster (stepdad)

Gigi Hadid and Yolanda Foster

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The Reality Show: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Career Highlights: 2014’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue rookie, walked the runway for Desigual Fall 2014 and Jeremy Scott Fall 2014 (New York Fashion Week)

The Famous Beau: Cody Simpson

Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson

[Photo Credit: @gigihadid]

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