Kendall Jenner Wants to Be the 'Best Role Model' For Little Girls, Talks Parents' Divorce

by Antoinette Bueno 10:32 AM PST, November 17, 2014
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At this point, it's pretty hard to hate on Kendall Jenner's amazing modeling career -- famous last name or not!

The 19-year-old recently sat down with ABC News' Juju Chang to talk about her latest impressive career move -- becoming the new face of Estee Lauder -- as well as how she's handling her parents' headline-making divorce and addressing her many haters. 

"In reality, I worked pretty hard for this, like running around doing tests," Kendall says about those who say her famous family is the sole reason for her success in the fashion world. "It wasn't just like I got it magically [snaps fingers] and it just happened."

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Surprisingly, she cites wanting to be a "role model" as one of the main reasons she got into the modeling business in the first place.

"I want to be the best role model I can be to a little girl, or to a little boy, to anybody," she says.

That being said, she has no regrets about showing a lot of skin on the runway, and appearing nude in photoshoots for magazines despite her young age.

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"Who's going to argue with Marc Jacobs when he's putting you in an outfit, you know what I mean?” she explains.

"They'll get over it," she adds with a smirk, clearly unconcerned about her critics.

As for her parents Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner's headline-making separation and divorce this year, Kendall is surprisingly very positive about the outcome.

"It sucked, but ...I try to think of it as it's not the worst thing that could have happened," she reflects. "I still am so close with both my dad and my mom. Nothing has really changed, except for the fact that now my dad lives on a beach, which is awesome. That's not that bad ... everybody's happy."

But is Kendall currently embroiled in her own high-profile romance with Justin Bieber? After all, the two are frequently spotted looking flirty on each other's Instagrams.

"No, he's a longtime friend of our family," she says about Bieber. "Everybody loves to assume things, but no."

Confirming that she's totally single, Kendall stresses, "I'm truly focusing on my career. If it comes, it comes."

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Check out Kendall in modeling mode in the video below.