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We Are All Self-Made! Kim Kardashian Defends Kylie Jenner's Forbes Cover

When Forbes named Kylie Jenner one of America's richest self-made women in 2018, the backlash came almost immediately.

Although no one questioned that the reality star-turned-cosmetics-entrepreneur is well on her way to becoming the youngest billionaire in the world, many on social media took issue with labeling the youngest of the Kardashian clan "self-made." Even Dictionary.com pointed out that the debate online "sparked a 864,100% rise in searches for the meaning of the word this week."

Jenner's elder sister, Kim Kardashian West, came to the defense of Jenner, 20, saying she didn't understand where the shade was coming from.

"I really didn’t get it, because she is 'self-made' — we are all 'self-made,'" Kardashian West, 37, told fashion website Refinery29.

"What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense," she continued. "I know so many people like that haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I've seen the complete opposite."

Forbes credited Kylie Cosmetics for helping to build Jenner's empire, which has already generated an estimated $230 million in net profit this year. Along with her reality show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and endorsement deals from Puma and PacSun, Jenner is conservatively worth, according to Forbes, $900 million.

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