Kendall Jenner Dishes on Her Estee Lauder Contract, Not Using Her Family’s Name to Get Ahead

Kendall Jenner poses during a photocall for her Madden Girl.
Kendall Jenner will sit down with Nightline on Nov. 18, to discuss her new Estee Lauder gig and her famous family. Angela Weiss/Getty Images

She's feeling #blessed! 

Kendall Jenner sat down with Nightline recently to discuss her contract with prestigious cosmetics brand Estee Lauder, and why she feels so lucky to have the career she has.

"I grew up using Estee Lauder. I saw my mom [Kris Jenner] using it when I was a kid," Jenner, 19, shares in a preview clip. "For me to grow up with it, and then to be working with them now, it's so incredible."

Incredible—and incredibly important to keep secret! Jenner revealed that she found out about her exciting new gig during her stint as one of Fashion Week spring 2015's busiest models, and she wasn't allowed to share. 

"It was super-secretive! I was backstage at a show getting ready, and my agent texted me and told me. And I couldn't react! I was sitting there like, 'Oh, my god…'" Kim Kardashian's half-sister said, reenacting the moment. "I got back to my hotel room and I was so excited. I was jumping around."

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More than a month after the runway shows wrapped, Estee Lauder announced the Instagram sensation (she has more than 15 million followers) as its latest face on Saturday, Nov. 15. Jenner reacted with a flurry of Instagram posts—including one photo where's she screaming, which she captioned: “This is exactly how I feel right now."

Kendall Jenner - Este?e Lauder
Kendall Jenner works a moto-chic look as the latest face of Estee Lauder cosmetics. courtesy of Este?e Lauder

"It happened so fast. I feel so blessed," Jenner tells ABC News. And indeed, her modeling career has skyrocketed in the last few months—not only did Jenner walk runways in New York, Milan, and Paris, but she also starred in a Givenchy print campaign. But the budding supermodel says that people shouldn't assume that the rise came easy because of her famous family.

"I’m not trying to use a family name or anything,” Jenner said in the interview. “In reality I worked pretty hard for this… It wasn’t like I just got it magically and it just happened.”

To see Jenner's complete interview, tune into ABC on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 12:35 a.m. EST.

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