From the very beginning of her career, Kendall Jenner has made it a point to distance herself from the rest of the wildly successfully Kardashian brand. In her new Vogue cover story, Kendall opens up about the loneliness of life as a model, the steadfast seriousness with which she treats her career, and her ambitions of emulating the longevity of someone like Cindy Crawford. As revealed in the feature's opening paragraphs, she also regularly cruises around town in a remarkably dope 1957 Corvette Stingray.
"Obviously, my success came after my sisters," Kendall told Vogue. "I got to see all of their mistakes and watch out for them." According to Kendall, she's always felt she walked a different path than her sisters. "I've always been super different from all my sisters, especially my Kardashian sisters," she said. "They've always been into the glam thing and dressing up every day and being in the thick of it. Part of me loves that, but at the same time, I love dressing down and having my private life. It's almost, like, empowering to know that no one knows we're sitting here right now—because it's not usually like this."
However, that doesn't mean her love for her family hasn't taught her some valuable lessons about fame. "One of the best lessons I ever learned from my sisters is not to take everything so seriously," Kendall said. "Just leave it alone—it will pass in a week. That's how I grew up. My sisters are so fucking strong, and they taught me and my little sister to just toughen up and not let it affect us."
Speaking on Marc Jacobs' decision to cast her in his Fall 2014 show, thus kicking off Kendall's now undeniable fashion career, Kendall describes it as a moment she used to establish her independence from the Kardashian brand's public expectations. "Marc invited my whole family to that first show, and I was like, 'I love you guys, but can you please just not come?'" Kendall recalled. "I was trying so hard to be taken seriously, like, 'Guys: This is not a joke or a stunt; this is what I want to do with my life.' I had to prove that I could do it."
As for Kendall's future plans within the industry, she's thinking long-term. "This is a career," Kendall said. "I want this to last for a long time. Not that I won't venture out and do other things, but I want this to be like a Cindy Crawford thing. I want it to last until I am her age."
Peep the full Vogue story, featuring additional thoughts from Riccardo Tisci and Kim Kardashian, here.