Kylie Jenner is a lot like other 15-year-old girls: she fights with her sister over clothes, screams at her overbearing mother, crushes on her classmates, and copes with her ever-changing hormones. But Jenner is also a famous model and fashion designer and her half-sisters, the Kardashian clan, are international superstars. And all the good, bad, and downright ugly evidence of Jenner's adolescence are on display in the tabloids and in her reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
On Saturday, Jenner posted a selfie wearing a black bikini and dark sunglasses to her millions of followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Unsurprisingly, the image garnered tons of comments from fans and haters alike. Most glaringly, people accused her of going under the knife for a breast augmentation.
What drives people to dissect and criticize a young girl’s body? For one, Jenner has grown up on television in front of America and the constant exposure may make people feel intimately connected to her. But
Another reason: The attention Jenner gets—from posing for magazine covers and being chased by the papparazzi—elevates her to "adult status" in the eyes of the public and she doesn't do much to convince the world that she's just a regular teen (witness her world travel, heavy makeup, and skimpy clothing).
And for those haters convinced that she's gone under the knife: As a growing teen, Jenner has a metabolism that works at the speed of light, giving her enviable abs, skin that has yet to lose its elasticity and perky breasts—and those are just inherent parts of being a teen. Jenner understands this. She tweeted, "Yes, I'm changing. That's what you do when you grow up.. If I was the same person I was when I was 10, it'd be a bit strange don't u think?"
So. Cut Jenner some slack. Her life is like Mean Girls on steroids. Don’t be jealous, you were young once too.