For years, it wasn't Kendall but her sister Kylie Jenner who was the target of cosmetic surgery questions. She repeatedly denied having lip injections, telling her fans that her suspiciously fuller lips were the result of clever makeup techniques instead. Despite this, the world remained unconvinced. People even started participating in the #kyliejennerlipchallenge , mimicking the star's new lips by sucking on shot glasses so that their lips would temporarily swell. All of this hullabaloo really started to blow up around the time Kylie's highly-anticipated Lip Kits launched, so this wasn't exactly bad press for the young make-up mogul.
Eventually, Kylie came clean and admitted that her luscious lips were actually the result of getting filler. She posted this image to Instagram and when a fan commented "She looks like the old Kylie here, IDK why", Kylie replied "Got rid of all my filler."
Turns out Kylie had always been very insecure about the size of her lips, and saw filler as a way to do something about it. Speaking candidly on her E! reality series Life Of Kylie:, she admitted she first got lip injections at around 17. 'I was 15 and I was insecure about my lips. I have really small lips. And it was like one of my first kisses and a guy was like, "I didn't think you would be a good kisser because you have such small lips." But I took that really hard.'
Guess what? After hearing Kylie speak her truth, everybody was fine with it. She needn't have hidden her injections in the first place. Now Kylie's fans are satisfied, more and more people are looking to Kendall to see if there's anything she'd like to get off her chest. So far, Kendall has adamantly denied having any type of surgery or non-invasive procedure, saying it wouldn't make sense because of her career as a model.
"It's all so exhausting. As a model, why would I have my face reconstructed? It doesn't even make sense. It's crazy because sometimes I feel like people just want me to lose" Kendall said. "I never wear lip liner or lipstick unless it's the occasional obvious red - and when I say never, I mean even when I'm doing a nude lip, it's basically just gloss! Anyway, I left all of the makeup on because we were so rushed and I went out and did my thing... All of a sudden, photos of us came out with headlines like, 'OMG, Kendall got her lips done and got full facial reconstruction - look at her cheekbones, look at her nose!' I was like, this is CRAZY"
If anything, what's 'crazy' is claiming that any sensible model wouldn't opt for plastic surgery. Come on now, the modelling world is all about unattainable beauty and perfection, do you expect us to believe that every successful supermodel has gotten where she is today simply by winning the genetic lottery? Let's look at some key photos and decide once and for all, did Kendall Jenner have plastic surgery?
Here's a 2011 throwback, a teenage Kendal attending the Kardashian Kollection launch in Hollywood alongside her famous older half-siblings. You can definitely see the family resemblance here, her lips and nose make Kendall look so much like Kylie at this age. Fresh faced and wearing her dark brown hair long, Kendall looks every inch a natural 16 year old.
Lucky Kendall got to attend The Hunger Games premiere screening back in 2012 - we were jealous then and we're still jealous now. Our faces all change as we go through adolescence, and it's obvious that these changes are taking place in Kendall. These two events were less than 12 months apart, and already Kendall looks more mature in the latter photo.
Over two years later, at the 2014 American Music Awards, and we see more changes in Kendall's face. But can we put these all down to being a growing teenager? The bridge of Kendall's nose looks slimmer - do you think it's down to the angle of the photo, or is it possible the star had a nose job between 2012-2014? Mama Kris did say yes to daughter Kylie getting her lips done at 17, was that because she had already set a precedent with older daughter Kendall?
This 2016 picture posted on Kendall's own Instagram shows the model and her momanger just a few month's shy of Kendall's 21st birthday. What's interesting is that Kendall's lips don't look especially full here. Is that just because she's sporting an ear-to-ear grin? And is Kris the only one rocking some cheek filler in this selfie, or is this cosmetic procedure a mother-daughter activity in the Jenner household? You be the judge.
Kendall walks the red carpet like a pro at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Some fans allege that the model has had a brow lift. Changing trends in brow and eye makeup could account for the way Kendall's brows appear to change the shape of her face. Make-up artistry or brow lift? It's probably too close to call.
Kendall looks remarkably like Emily Ratajkowski in this Instagram post from mid February. Up close, you can see that Kendall has definitely (and expertly, may we add) over-lined her lips to make them appear plumper. But is that really all there is to it? The Kardashian sisters have been open about having filler and other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. If it was something all your older sisters were doing, wouldn't you want to try it to?
The Most Telling Kendall Jenner Before and After Photos
It's one thing to scroll through photos in chronological order, it's another thing to scrutinise some major 'before and after' shots. Here are some of Kendall's most revealing before and after combinations.
No hate, we all look different now compared to how we looked as teens. It's just the way hormones and make-up trends work. But no one talks about the side-effect of puberty where your lips become plumper - and that's largely because such a side-effect doesn't exist.
Again - there's using a lip pencil to your advantage and then there's getting filler. Both are more than acceptable ways to alter your appearance, but let's just call a spade a spade ok?
We're taking notes on that expert over-line that Kendall's delivering on the right. But we're also googling 'lip filler in my area'. And 'rhinoplasty recovery time' - for a friend.
Cosmetic Doctors & Surgeons specialise in both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments (they have a location on London's Harley Street, so you can tell they know their stuff) In this Instagram post, they speculate that Kendall's received:
- Wrinkle injections
- A brow lift
- Cheek filler
- Lip filler
- Chin filler
We're not sure about the anti-wrinkle injections, after all Kendall isn't even 24 yet. But everything else is plausible.
We can definitely see a marked difference in Kendall's cheeks and chin in this before-and-after comparison. She looks fantastic, there's no denying that. But even models get surgery to alter their looks.
Kendall Jenner has one of the most recognisable faces in the world, so this amount of scrutiny goes hand-in-hand with her stardom. She hasn't made any confessions yet, but maybe this is because she isn't ready to. It took Kylie a few years to be real with her fans and even with society's increasingly relaxed attitude to cosmetic surgery, it can't be an easy thing to admit when you're a role model for so many young girls. It won't be a surprise if Kendall does a tell-all in a few years time about a procedure she's had. It wasn't that longer ago that she revealed her long-term struggle with acne, so it would be foolish to think that Kendall hasn't got more secrets left to share.