Yesterday, Forbes reported that at age 21, Kylie Jenner has become the world’s youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire ever.
Kylie Jenner is the youngest-ever self-made billionaire, reaching a 10-figure fortune at a younger age than even Mark Zuckerberg https://t.co/P18m2ldrQk #ForbesBillionaires pic.twitter.com/RrenNvGbbE— Forbes (@Forbes) March 5, 2019
Kylie, who built her own empire of cosmetics, has replaced Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at the age of 23.
After signing an exclusive distribution deal in 2018- prior to which she only used to sell products online- her revenue reached a whopping estimate of $360 million.
Now, if you’re wondering, Kylie Jenner and ‘self-made’ makes for a pretty strange equation, then you’re not alone.
Dictionary.com took to Twitter to hilariously illuminate netizens about the meaning of the word ‘self-made’.
Haven’t we gone over this?— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) March 5, 2019
Self-made: Having succeeded in life unaided.https://t.co/g0ZHDSkVfu https://t.co/3O48zKsInN
…and people can’t stop applauding Dictionary.com’s not-so-subtle shade.
Yeah her and her billion dollar net worth really got owned— K Dot (@oracleofbogota) March 5, 2019
Who runs this account? Lawd!😂 pic.twitter.com/XOyohgPFP6— #ScandalAfterGlow❤ (@awesomeonica) March 5, 2019
Netizens are also calling out the controversial use of ‘self-made’.
Kylie Jenner is a Self Ma-— Opinionated 💅🏿 (@Opini0Nat3d) March 6, 2019
Self-made…. pic.twitter.com/nmNbzWp5wP— Julie Kibarian (@julie_kibarian) March 6, 2019
“Self made” okay sis pic.twitter.com/dFkqZRk0YH— jazmin 🤩 (@dayytripperrr) March 6, 2019
People who actually had nothing to start with are self made. When your sister’s and mom are millionaires with connections it makes it a lot easier— Trenton Thomas (@MoparTeddy96) March 5, 2019
Now just get rid of “self made” and it’ll be accurate.— Meranii (@MissLeitien) March 6, 2019
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Do you really think that when she decided to start a makeup line her family didn’t bring in the best people to help her run it? Please. They had people advising her the whole way. Self-made people don’t have that luxury.— i’m actually mary bennet (@realmarybennet) March 5, 2019
These folks play too much and throw terms around loosely 😂— Meesh (@puRdie_RHo) March 5, 2019
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People claimed while Kylie indeed made good of the opportunities she encountered, one can’t factor out ‘privilege’ of having access to those opportunities in the first place.
So damn true. She was making money by just being on the show. She had millions by just living.— Tim Wade (@TimWade77) March 5, 2019
I don’t think @Forbes knows what “self made” means…… not to take credit for things she’s done she’s made a very good name for herself, but she’s had an insane amount of connections since she was 10. She was in the spotlight immediately. A lot is social media presence as well.— Mitch (@Mad_MitchXD) March 5, 2019
Agree. Self made to me implies came from nothing. She capitalized on preexisting fame due to being part of a wealthy socialite famous family. That fame catapulted her success. It’s like saying Prince William is self made.— lindi ortega (@lindiortega) March 5, 2019
And that’s the tea.