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Kendall Jenner Drops Last Name For Her Modeling Career

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Kendall Jenner Drops The Last Name For Modeling, Doesn't Rely On Family's Fame. PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 01: Model Kendall Jenner attending the Cocktail Dinatoire of German VOGUE in honor of Mario Testino at Restaurant 1728 on March 1, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images) | Bertrand Rindoff Petroff via Getty Images

Kendall Jenner has gone from reality star to model in an attempt to forge her own career amid the buzz of her "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" fame. The 18–year–old walked the Fashion Week runway in New York, London and Paris -- a sure sign of industry success.

Still, critics have raised an eyebrow to Jenner's high-profile gigs, claiming that she hasn't earned her keep.

At DASH Miami's March 12 opening, Khloe, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian were asked about Jenner's foray into the fashion world.

Kim was quick to brag about her little sister's success, saying, "She went and auditioned, and she just goes by the name of Kendall, hoping that people won't think that she gets any [handouts]."

Jenner was accused of getting some favors called in after she walked in the Givenchy show during Paris Fashion Week, in part because Kim Kardashian and her fiance, Kanye West, are good friends with Givenchy's creative director.

Now, Kardashian's comments are quelling those rumors. "She works her butt off! She just goes to casting after casting," she said. "I'm so proud of her that she -- for her first Fashion Week -- was able to achieve all the shows she was able to walk in. She's living her dream and it's so inspiring to watch her."

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