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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Chen

About Opportunity

Updated: May 3, 2021

If I have to name one thing that’s the most entertaining in the fashion industry in the 2018, aside from the seat changing of designers among brands, definitely the rising and the take-over of celebrity kids will be my top vote!

First comes Jenner sisters. 23-year-old Kendall Jenner is the highest-paid model on Forbes 2018 with her annual earning USD$22.5 million. She starts working in the industry at age 14, struts the global catwalk for famous designers during Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan and Paris, appeared in Vogue countless times, having been Victoria Secret’s Angel, and becomes ambassador for Estée Lauder.

Her 19-year-old sister Kylie Jenner also pocketed an estimated USD$166.5 million pretax in the same time thanks to her eponymous brand Kylie Cosmetics.

Their model friends Hadid sisters Gigi and Bella (daughter of former model and reality TV show star Yolanda Hadid) are also listed as top 7 and 8 models on Forbes 2018 with their annual earning USD$9.5 and USD$8.5 million each. Even though Kaia Gerber (daughter of Cindy Crawford) is not on the list, it is impossible to ignore her high exposure on the Runway of top brands.

Opportunities just get too overwhelming if you have a pair of equally famous parents. 19-year-old Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Jonny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, models for Chanel at age 16 for their eyewear collection, becomes an ambassador for the brand since then and the face for their fragrance No. 5 L’eau. Karl Largerfeld is her friend and she just confirmed her relationship with the Hollywood new hottie Timothée Chalamet.

Same story in Asia: the announcement of the 15-year-old Kiko Kimura, daughter of idol Takuya Kimura and Shizuka Kudo, to start her modelling career also dominates headlines. Quickly she has made her cover debut of Elle Japan, appeared in Chanel’s 2019 haute couture show, and has become the youngest ambassador ever for Bulgari. Obviously she’s taking the light speed toward her goal of being a top model.

I started my Image Stylist business more than one year ago. The biggest realisation I had so far is nothing more precious than opportunity. One can work very hard to earn good money, take good care of yourself to achieve a better health. As to opportunity, if you’re not one of the lucky kids above, common people can only wait for it. Meanwhile, you still have to work very hard, keep a strong faith, yet there’s still no way to guarantee its happening.

That’s why I understand the public anger while Kendall’s interview with Love Magazine in September 2018 is released.

The words pissed off many models immediately and triggered fight-backs via Instagram. This is one example by top model Daria Strokous.

So if you ask me what I wish for the new year. All I want is good opportunities and a little bit good luck. Let’s work hard, keep faith and pray for it to happen- to me and to everyone of you, my dear readers. Wish you a wonderful year 2019 full of opportunities!


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