At 20 years old, I was finally getting my braces taken off and changing college majors. Kylie Jenner, at 20, became pregnant with Travis Scott, delivered baby Stormi, and became a billionaire.
I was worrying about whether or not I'd be able to afford gas for my '97 Ford Taurus when prices skyrocketed to over $4 a gallon. Meanwhile, Jenner is getting written up in Forbes magazine.
The social-media, famous-for-being-famous juggernaut managed to leverage her glammed-out plastic surgery #goals and Kardashian legacy to build a wildly successful cosmetics business worth a whopping $900 million fortune.
And she did it all in less than 3 years. That's some serious money management from someone so young.
The financial magazine was so impressed with Kylie's success in business that they listed her as number 27 in a profile on "America's Women Billionaires," where they covered America's Richest Self-Made women.
They made it a point to call Kylie's success "self-made" and said that she's on track to become the youngest woman to ever become a billionaire.
But some people are having a hard time swallowing the "self-made" portion of that headline.
Namely Dictionary.com, which has been known to throw some shade here and there in the past. It's subtle, but go and read the tweet for yourself.
There's a saying that a friend of mine uses for people who believe they are self-made but forget that their life of privilege and the family they were born into played a huge part in their success. It's that they were born on third-base but believe they worked just as hard to make it to home as the person who fought to get up to bat in the first place.
I'd imagine that that's why a lot of people are having some difficulty accepting the claim that Jenner is a "self-made" billionaire.
They shouldn’t classify someone as self-made when they’re clearly not. Or rename the list. Insulting to normal people’s intelligence, and also the people on the list who are legitimately self-made.— Anlu (@HeyUGotBadTits) July 11, 2018
But there are some Twitter users who think that Dictionary.com's salty response was uncalled for and just an instance of jealous pettiness that diminishes the success of the young cosmetics mogul.
This is uncalled for, seriously. And I'm not a Kylie fan but look up "salty," where you work, and have a seat.— ARFLucci (@lawgurrl) July 11, 2018
They think that those "hating" on Jenner should take a page out of her book and become a "self-made billionaire" just like her.
But there were others who pointed out that Jenner had obvious advantages not afforded to everyone else, and there are plenty.
I work hard every day. Unfortunately, it is extremely unlikely I will ever have close to a billion dollars. I also do not have an Olympian for a father, sex tape star for a sister, famous and wealthy siblings, or mother who is ex wife of a famous and wealthy attorney. 🤷♂️— Anlu (@HeyUGotBadTits) July 11, 2018
To show just how astronomical Jenner's success is, someone pointed out some other notably wealthy women in the US.
To put in perspetive how much Kylie and Kim have been grinding, these are noteable people on the list of the richest women in the US:— Myleeza (@MyleezaKardash) July 11, 2018
6. Oprah ($3.1B)
27. Kylie Jenner ($900M)
53. Beyoncè ($355M)
54. Kim Kardashian West ($350M)
60. Taylor Swift ($320M)
The year is 2018:— Myleeza (@MyleezaKardash) July 11, 2018
•Kim Kardashian’s youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, is almost a self made billionaire worth $900M
•Kim Kardashian herself is only $5M away from being worth more than the biggest superstar in music.
That's right, Kylie Jenner has more than doubled Beyonce's net worth and has surpassed her older sister Kim, who was largely responsible for the family's super stardom.
Her success has flabbergasted many people online.
"Self-made" is a little bit of an exaggeration, don't you think?— Sydney Parks (@SydneyParks13) July 11, 2018
Some tried to break down just how Jenner and the Kardashian sisters secured their fortunes.
So they just get paid for living and posting selfies😢.— Blessing of Themyscira🇿🇼 (@JustMeStylz) July 11, 2018
While others were less concerned with how the sisters made their money and more concerned with how to secure some for themselves:
Must be nice to be a self-made billionaire.