Forbes Gets Backlash For Naming Kylie Jenner  “Self- Made” Billionaire

Forbes Gets Backlash For Naming Kylie Jenner “Self- Made” Billionaire 

Posted: 4:36 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018

By mjonbli

ky.jpgForbes magazine recently released it’s “America’s Women Billionaires” issue with Kylie Jenner gracing the cover, referencing her success as being “self- made” & as expected, backlash began immediately!  “At 21, she’s set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire,” the cover reads. “Welcome to the era of extreme fame leverage.”  They also tweeted the news using the hashtag “#SelfMadeWomen.”  The mag estimated that Jenner’s cosmetics company, reality TV show, & endorsements have helped the 20 year old, who turns 21 in August, build her $900 million empire.  Many on social media took exception to her being called “self-made” since she is a member of the wealthy and famous Kardashian/Jenner clan. “Calling Kylie Jenner self-made without acknowledging anywhere the incredible headstart she had is what allows people to turn around and look at poor people and ask them why they haven’t become billionaires yet,” one person tweeted. “Her story is not inspiring or motivating for anyone.” Here’s where it got good!!! Dictionary.com took a moment to tweet the definition of “self-made,” which “means having succeeded in life unaided.” Writer Roxane Gay defended that tweet after People magazine put out a headline saying Dictionary.com was shading Jenner.  “It is not shade to point out that Kylie Jenner isn’t self-made,” Gay tweeted. “She grew up in a wealthy, famous family. Her success is commendable but it comes by virtue of her privilege. Words have meanings and it behooves a dictionary to remind us of that.” A spokeswoman for Forbes said the publication “fully acknowledges that within the term ‘self-made’ there are many who are more self-made than others.”

 “In fact we began scoring members of the Forbes 400 on a scale of 1 to 10 to capture the variations,” the spokeswoman said. “The link to that is here. Yes, Kylie comes from a wealthy family and she got a visibility boost from her family but she owns her company and is valued based on earnings she has personally received and on the value of the company she founded.”

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