The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner family has faced criticism ever since Forbes declared her the world's youngest "self-made" billionaire.
Kylie Jenner is once again addressing that controversial claim by Forbes magazine that she is the youngest "self-made" billionaire, and this time she's backing ever so slightly away from the title.
The reality star admitted that "technically" she has no inheritance money toward her fortune, she also told the New York Times on Saturday, "I can't say I've done it by myself."
"That is just not my character," Kylie told the Times of the product that saw its price slashed in half on the Kylie Cosmetics website. "I would never do something like that and when I saw it, I was like, thrown back. Jordyn knows I didn't actually put it on sale."
According to the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star, it was a routine price reduction in response to a packaging change and Kylie had been unaware of the change.
As for her finances, the youngest Jenner went on to clarify, "If they're just talking finances, technically, yes, I don't have any inherited money. But I have had a lot of help and a huge platform."
That platform has come from growing up in the spotlight as a cast-member on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," arguably the most famous family in America these days and certainly one of the wealthiest.
Earlier this month, Kylie told Interview Germany, "There's really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth. That is the category that I fall under."
But even there, she was quick to point out, "I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans." Nevertheless, as she touted that she'd received no money from her parents after the age of 15 and started Kylie Cosmetics from her own funds, "And I am very proud of that."
Really, that was the crux of her argument, that even though she came into her own as a 15 years old with a lot of money who was living at home in her family's mansion with all of her needs paid for, none of her actual money was directly inherited. It was earned.
But while she was confident wearing that "self-made" label earlier this month, it doesn't seem to be sitting as comfortably these days.
Maybe it's the public backlash that erupted and has continued in the wake of Forbes' declaration, or maybe it's just an awareness that she did launch from such a totally different place than almost anyone else on the planet. Self-made or not, though, there's no denying that she and her entire family continue to build their financial empire one episode, one product, one social media post, one endorsement and one appearance at a time.
And collectively, their ongoing elevated status in pop culture and on social media is through all their self-made hard work over the past twelve years.
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