03/14/2014 02:00 pm ET Updated Mar 14, 2014

Kendall Jenner Drops Last Name For Her Modeling Career

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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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