The world may have gotten to know the Jenners through a little television program called Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but the year 2015 was much more about the Jenners than the Kardashians. While neither the Kardashians nor the Jenners really had a bad year per se, it seems that the Jenners may finally be outshining the famed Kardashian ladies, whose shadows the Jenners have stood in for so long.
Of course, the Kardashian ladies are certainly not having a bad year themselves. Kim Kardashian gave birth to her and Kanye West’s second child and first son, Saint West. Khloe Kardashian had a great year getting in shape and posing for the steamy Complex spread, which earned her much praise for her new, tighter physique. Most would say that Kourtney Kardashian is better off without Scott Disick; the drinking, partying, philandering father of her children. At the end of the day, though, Scott is still the father to her children and splitting from him was difficult for the oldest sister, no matter how many shenanigans he had gotten himself into through the years. Bouncing back by hanging out with Justin Bieber was a great move on Kourtney’s part.
When you’re on top, you know, signing contacts to renew Keeping Up with the Kardashians for a reported $100 million, it’s hard to really say that any of them had a “bad” year; yet one thing is for sure: the Jenners rocked 2015.
10. Hello, Caitlyn Jenner
2015 was the year that the world was introduced to Caitlyn Jenner via a Diane Sawyer interview and a spread in Vanity Fair. The Sawyer interview was hugely successful, with over 20 million viewers reportedly watching. Following the 20/20 special, Caitlyn Jenner made her official debut in this year’s June issue of Vanity Fair. The magazine cover is now one of the most talked about and iconic photographs of 2015. The photoshoot was shot with the incomparable Annie Leibovitz. After introducing herself to the world, Caitlyn surely faced some harsh criticism for this, as people were unwilling to accept such a dramatic change from the Olympian. She also received much praise for her strength and courage. She is now a face for transgender rights.
9. Kendall Walks In Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Kendall Jenner locked down a coveted spot walking in this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She strutted down the runway with her bestie, Gigi Hadid, another rookie. They duo walked with veterans like Adriana Lima and Lily Alridge, who wore this year’s Fantasy Bra, valued at a whooping $2 million. In the audience were Caitlyn and Kris Jenner, who could not keep her cool while watching her daughter strut on the runway. This broadcast strut down the runway solidified her as not only a high-fashion model, but as someone on her way to becoming one of the biggest and most well know supermodels in the game.
8. Kendall & Kylie Named Influential Teens
Kendall and Kylie Jenner were both named on Time’s list of The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015. Their influence is largely thanks to their huge social media following and the way that they strategically use it for business purposes. It has recently been reported that Kendall Jenner can command up to $30,000 for a single Instagram post in which she endorses a product. Kylie Jenner’s lips were not only a topic of conversation but mimicked and coveted by many, even inspiring thousand of #KylieJennerLipChallenge hashtags. If you need further proof of Kylie’s influence, just ask Katherine Polk, whose dress had immediately sold out after Kylie was photographed wearing it.
7. Lip Kit By Kylie
Kylie’s lips were a hot topic this year, since they suddenly appeared to grow a few sizes overnight. The internet was full of articles analysing her lips throughout the years, with young girls trying to copy the look. Kylie has since come forth and stated that she did, in fact, have her lips done. Then, Kylie did what this family does best – she turned controversy into profit by releasing Lip Kit By Kylie in three different shades. The lip kits apparently sold out in three minutes and the site completely crashed shortly after. It seems Kylie did what Kim tried so hard to do when she posed for Paper Magazine: Kylie’s Lip Kit broke the internet.
6. Instagram Queen Kim Is Dethroned
Kim was once the reigning queen of Instagram, but it seems that that is no longer the case. In 2015, Kim lost two titles: Most Followed and Most Liked Picture. While this may not seem like a huge deal to most people, especially because Kim’s still rocking a solid 56.4 million Instagram followers, these are bad signs for someone who is famous largely because she is relevant rather than for possessing an actual talent. Baby sister Kendall Jenner stole her title of Most Like Picture when she posted a photo of herself lying on the floor with her hair positioned into little hearts, gaining 2.6 million likes. Shortly after that, Taylor Swift snagged the title of Most Followed, proving that videos of the 1989 Tour and cat pictures are greater than selfies.
5. Selfish Book Sales Weren’t Great
Selfies may have been a thing before Kim Kardashian, but she certainly perfected the art form, if you can even call it an art form. These selfies have helped amass Kim’s 56.4 million followers on Instagram, so releasing a book full of Selfies was a no-brainer, right? Kim’s selfie book, cleverly entitled Selfish, did not do as well as she hoped in the sales department, only selling 32,000 copies in the first three months of its release. Unfortunately, Kim’s large social media following didn’t translate into success for the book, despite her aggressive social media campaign.
4. Kylie’s App Is Kicking Ass
2015 was the year in which Kris, America’s most ambitious “momager,” decided that each daughter should have their own app. Each app costs $3 per month for an unlimited look into the life of your favorite Jenner/Kardashian. When the apps were released, the sister with the most popular app surprised everyone. Youngest sister Kylie kicked everyone’s ass. It is estimated that 1.5 million people downloaded her app in the first five days. The next most popular app was Khloe’s and comparatively, that was downloaded 398,000 in the first week. The fact that Kylie was raised in the social media area and that her fan base is so much younger are two factors that attributed to her app’s success. It is estimated that Kylie’s app will generate about $15 million a year in revenue.
3. Kendall During Fashion Week
It’s official, Kendall is a high-end fashion model. The 20-year-old dropped the “Jenner” and is just going by “Kendall” as a way to distance herself from her family and their reality star fame, establishing herself as a model on her own. She is one of the faces of the Balmain and H&M collaboration, a line so highly anticipated that people waited outside of H&M in lines that wrapped around city blocks. This year, she also landed her first solo campaign with Marc Jacobs. During the 2015 fashion weeks, she walked in Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Michael Kors shows, you know, just to name a few.
2. Caitlyn Wins Glamour Woman Of The Year Award
Caitlyn Jenner was honored with a Glamour Woman of the Year award, with the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Victoria Beckham, for her work in transgender advocacy. Caitlyn’s acceptance speech was praised as inspiring. The story should have ended there but as with anything Caitlyn seems to do, there was backlash. Rose McGowan, actress of Charmed and Scream fame, publicly voiced her concern with Caitlyn receiving this award. James Smith, husband of Moria Smith, a NYPD police officer who died while helping people on 9/11, returned his wife the 2001 Woman of the Year award and posted an open letter to Glamour on his Facebook page. In the letter, he asks, “Was there no woman in America, or the rest of the world, more deserving than this man?” Ouch. Well, regardless of some of the negative reaction, Caitlyn winning such an award was still a moment of great success.
1. Kris Jenner Was In Bed With Jennifer Lawrence
Kris Jenner confused the world when she posted a photo on Instagram of her in bed with Jennifer Lawrence wishing ol’ J Law a happy birthday. The Oscar-winning actress has long professed being a fan of Keeping Up with the Kardashians so it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise but people still wondered how exactly these two ended up in bed together. In an interview, Lawrence later explained that her two best friends threw her a surprise party and added another surprise: Kris Jenner holding her cake. Lawrence said her knees buckled, as she is a huge fan of Kris. Kris Jenner just chillin’ in bed with America’s sweetheart and Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence was definitely one of her high points of this year. Also, it should be stated that since Kris is the momager of all her children, any of their success is her success. Kendall and Kylie’s stepping out from the shadow of their older sisters is really a success for Kris as well. Here’s to 2016, Jenners.