If you’ve been keeping up with the celebrity news then you’ve probably heard that Kylie Jenner has just made the Forbes magazine cover titled as the ‘youngest Self made businesswoman. Forbes magazine made the prediction that her Kylie Cosmetics empire is worth $900 million, Jenner’s on track to become the “youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female.” Now when you read the title again and again, your mind starts to raise the question “Self-made? Really?” This might be the reason why both Kylie Jenner and Forbes magazine are receiving a ton of backlash from the people.
Calling Kylie Jenner a ‘self-made billionaire’ is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it. As soon as the cover was released, Dictionary.com led the charge by tweeting that the Forbes placement of Kylie on the “self-made” list might not actually be in line with the definition of the word.
“Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided,” the site tweeted in response to the story, before shadily quipping: “Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman.”
Several other people followed by jumping to twitter saying:
“Kylie Jenner on the cover of Forbes is nonsense not just because she was born rich but because she was literally HANDED her influence,” wrote one Twitter user.
“She was born into extreme wealth that most people will never even be adjacent to,” noted another.
Shelby ivie Christie tweeted “Self-made”? Really? It’s easy to become a billionaire when you’re parents are millionaires…It’s called generational wealth + nepotism. Try Oprah Winfrey, who was raised on a small Mississippi farm by her grandmother, for self-made *whispers Kylie also isn’t a billionaire yet*
Forbes reports that Kylie Cosmetics has sold more than $630 million worth of makeup since its initial launch, which includes an estimated $330 million in 2017 alone. Combining all of the new mom’s profits, Forbes estimates the brand alone is worth nearly $800 million, which Kylie maintains sole ownership of.
Yes we realise that she’s on her way to becoming a billionaire but giving her the false credit for being ‘self- made’ is obviously going to have repercussions from the people, a proper self-made entrepreneur wouldn’t rely on family wealth and an existing brand to launch their own venture. They should’ve just went with the title “the youngest billionaire” that would’ve gotten the job well done, too.