I’m not mad at Kylie Jenner for almost being a billionaire. I’m mad at the idea that she’s “self-made”. The cover of Forbes’ latest issue has been posted literally everywhere and I couldn’t be more annoyed every time I see Kylie Jenner’s face slapped across it. For starters, the article reads, “America’s Women Billionaires”, yet we haven’t heard even a word of the other, and I must stress on this- self-made, women on the list. All we’ve heard about is Kylie Jenner and her $900 million empire. I’ll take a second out and do all of us a favour, here are the names of a few of the other women mentioned-
Diane Hendricks, Marian Ilitch, Judy Faulkner, Meg Whitman, Johnelle Hunt, Opray Winfrey, Judy Love, Doris Fisher, Elaine Wynn, Lynda Resnick – For the complete list, visit www.forbes.com/self-made-women
Surprisingly, all of these women have a higher net worth than Kylie. Net worths that are actually above the billion dollar mark but the only “self-made” woman billionaire we get to hear about is Kylie.
I haven’t stopped rolling my eyes…if you couldn’t tell already.
The cover goes on to highlight that she’s soon to be the youngest billionaire in the world, my, my, I wonder how!
Was it the sister whose sex tape blew up? Which subsequently led to a family show on reality TV? Was it the huge amount of brain-dead viewers who would buy literally anything the Kardashians put their name on? Was it leaching off a multimillionaire empire built on scandals by her family?
I guess we will never know!
P.S., while we’re at it, let me leak a sex tape and later sue the same entertainment company who circulated it and make my first five million dollars! Hashtag Self Made! (I’m looking at you, Kim)
I’m not trying to take Kylie’s credibility away, I’m sure her company means the world to her but you can’t say she built it herself when she’s had a PR team, a design team, a whole lab to create products, funds and customers at her disposal even before she started. A self-made woman would not have the same headstart she has had, a self-made woman (or man, or anyone in between) would not have the privilege to become a billionaire at 21.
What I find even crazier than all the people arguing “Why can’t we all just be happy for her” and “You’re not a real feminist!” is the gofundme that has been started by her fans in attempts to get Kylie to her nine zeroes faster than ever, again without any real effort put forth by the business tycoon herself…commendable!
I’m rolling my eyes again.
It’s times like these when people stop taking poor people seriously, they begin undermining their very real struggles by saying, “If Kylie Jenner can do it, why don’t they get to work and stop complaining?”, failing to acknowledge the incredible headstart she’s had. It’s disgusting and everyone who’s spewing bullshit along these lines needs to smell some coffee, and get WOKE.
The world is in absolute shambles and I almost can’t believe that we have a gofundme page (THAT PEOPLE ARE FUNDING AS WE SPEAK, just so you know) to donate a 100 million dollars to Kylie Jenner. There are so many better ways we can spend our money instead of just making the rich even richer. Our money should be going into improving issues such as food security (yes, people around the world are starving, I’m sure Kylie can handle the blow of a few custom Guccis she won’t be able to buy), health care issues in Africa and East Asia, education for the underprivileged so they actually have a chance to make a better future for themselves, war-torn countries, these are the critical issues that we must be donating to, not the Kardashians, for god’s sake.
And to everyone coming at me saying, “Can’t we all just be happy for Kylie Jenner”, I’m sorry but can’t we all just take the upper 1%’s undeserving wealth and redistribute it? How about making the world a better place for the people who it isn’t so beautiful for?
As for feminism, it isn’t a veil you can “hide” behind. Just because you’re a woman, it doesn’t mean we won’t call you out on your bullshit. In fact, that’s exactly what feminism is. Feminism is calling women out, calling men out, calling the people in between out, calling everyone out. As for you, if you don’t appreciate that, you’ve got it wrong and you need to stop shoving your “feminism” down everybody else’s throats.
Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. And yes, I am a feminist.