Kendall Jenner wholeheartedly disagrees with the notion her “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” fame is to credit for her success in the modelling world.

The world’s highest-paid model opens up to Vogue Australia about the early days of her career for the magazine’s June 2019 cover. “I’ve always been the person to prove [critics] wrong, even when I was younger,” she expresses. “I’ve always been a hard worker — that’s in my blood. My parents raised me and my little sister to be that way and the rest of my sisters, too.”

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“A lot of people assumed that because I came from a ‘name’ that it was a lot easier for me to get to where I got,” she continues. “But actually it’s the complete opposite.”

The sentiment is one photographer Russell James completely agrees with. James was hired by Kris Jenner to help Kendall transition from reality television to modelling. “100 per cent of Kendall Jenner’s success is actually 100 per cent Kendall because she’s so damn motivated,” he assured.

“Genetically, she had everything to be a great model, but I told her it was going to be so hard to do because she already had a brand,” James continues. “In some ways, the industry was especially harsh on her because it’s harder to rebrand than it is to brand, so she had an incredible challenge.”

Modelling has always been the goal for the now 23-year-old celebrity. She had no back-up plans and was striving for longevity in the notoriously brutal industry. “I don’t think I necessarily needed to have [a backup plan.] Anything I do, I always want to be 100% in it and know I want to be doing it,” she says. “Most of the time [in this business] it’s all about new faces and it happens really fast.”

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“They kind of grab onto that person and then all of a sudden you take off and you’re doing a bunch of shows and you’re getting a bunch of jobs,” she adds. “But my goal with everything is always longevity. In this industry specifically, it can be really challenging to maintain, so it’s always a work in progress.”

Vogue Australia’s June 2019 issue is on sale Monday, May 27.