Thursday, July 12, 2018

Forbes Faces Social Media Backlash For Calling Kylie Jenner A 'Self-Made' Billionaire

Forbes is the place to go for numbers — but maybe not for words. Many people are taking issue with the magazine's definition of 'self-made', after it placed Kylie Jenner on its latest cover.

The publication branded her the 'cosmetics queen', declaring on the cover: 'At 21, she's set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire. Welcome to the era of extreme fame leverage.'

According to the publication, Kylie - who is set to turn 21 on August 10 - is currently worth an estimated $900million thanks to her cosmetics line.

The Internet immediately lit up with reaction, with even appearing to throw shade.

On Wednesday it tweeted the definition: 'Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided.

'Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman,' it added, posting a link to the Forbes article.

Many more on Twitter took umbrage, with one pointing out that 'calling kylie jenner a ‘self-made billionaire’ is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it.'

'For the love of God, I seriously want to break something when I see the very epitome of privilege described as "self-made". For f*** sake, if you start the 40-yard dash on the 39-yard line, you are NOT self-made,' a second posted.

'“Self-made”? Really? It’s easy to become a billionaire when you’re parents are millionaires...It’s called generational wealth + nepotism. Try Oprah Winfrey, who was raised on a small Mississippi farm by her grandmother, for self-made *whispers Kylie also isn’t a billionaire yet*' a third tweeted.

A fourth asked: 'Does Forbes know what Self Made means?

Another claimed 'Calling Kylie Jenner self made is like saying cardi b spelled "kulture" right.'

The daughter of Kris Jenner, 62, gave her low-cut gowns a rest to pose for the cover, opting instead for business chic in a dark blazer with her long locks pulled back.


  1. Forbes on the hot seat

  2. Interesting

  3. Why would forbes do that in the first place?

  4. Maybe they were actually paid a huge amount for this, becoz they couldn't verify that themselves

  5. Too bad for Forbes, they have loose their credibility