Kendall Jenner on Her Dad's Transition: "I've Known Since I Was a Kid"

The model talks Caitlyn Jenner and avoiding social media.

Kendall Jenner, the most private Kardashian by her own description (opens in new tab), has kept her reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's transition mostly private. But she will admit now it's been a process: "It would probably be different for someone who didn't have to live it through the media," she told Women's Wear Daily (opens in new tab). "But it's been a ride, for sure. It's an adjustment. It's something you have to get used to."

Kendall was aware of her father's secret for years. "I've known since I was a kid. He never confirmed it to me, but I've known for a very long time. It's the same person. My dad says it herself sometimes, it's kind of like mourning the loss of someone, because it is. My dad is my dad, but he's not there physically anymore. But she lets me call her dad—that's the last little piece of dad I've got."

She also talked about her social media habits. She chooses to be more discreet: "I try not to be too invasive into my personal life. When I was younger, I used to tweet a lot, everything I was doing and feeling. I can't do that anymore, because it's just giving people too much room to judge."

And avoids reading the comments: "I don't need it to affect my life…You can get a million comments about how beautiful you look and how awesome you are, but the one comment that says they hate you and you're ugly is the one that sticks."

Longterm, she wants to be one of the great supermodels. "I hate saying it, because I don't ever want to sound too cocky, but I want to be one of the best. I want to be like a Christy Turlington, still doing my craft and still killing it. I want longevity and to be able to do this for a really long time."

Given her runway career so far (opens in new tab) and spot on Forbes' highest earning models list (opens in new tab), she's well on her way. Read her full WWD interview here (opens in new tab).

Alyssa Bailey
News and Strategy Editor

Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.