Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kendall Jenner speaks about her complicated relationship with social media and its impact on her mental health.
Even Kendall Jenner isn’t immune to social media fatigue. All of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars constantly make headlines for their social media activity. But as the supermodel admitted on her new YouTube show, all that attention can have a negative impact on her mental health.
The 25-year-old currently boasts 163 million followers on Instagram. She even had the most-liked picture on that platform for some time. But her experience hasn’t all been positive. In addition to those highs, there’s also been some very serious lows. After previously revealing her struggles with anxiety and hypochondria, the YouTube series’ second episode showed fans that social media has its downsides no matter how many followers and likes you have.
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Kendall opened up about her complicated feelings towards social media on the YouTube series Vogue’s Open-Minded: Unpacking Anxiety. “My relationship with social media is a bit addictive right now, which I don’t like and I’m not proud to say that,” she admitted to Dr. Jorge Partida, “but I also feel like that’s something that probably most of us can relate to.” She added, “I don’t like that I feel the need to have social media in the first place…There really is no escaping it.” Like most celebrities, Kendall also uses the apps for professional reasons. For instance, Instagram is where she initially announced her upcoming Tequila brand.
But while it has definitely helped boost her career, Kendall didn’t hold back on her least favorite aspects of it. “Something that boils my blood, that really frustrates me and I think upsets me the most is when it’s someone claiming a false narrative for me,” she went on to say, “The Internet, I guess, bases things off of such small moments with no context. They don’t know the before or the after and they’ll take that and run with it and then completely judge you off of this one little thing.”
Like her sisters, Kendall has also experienced social media backlash, criticism, and speculation throughout the years. A few months ago, she was criticized for using a body filter in videos. Kendall made it clear the flack takes a toll, adding, “I have moments of feeling like I’m breaking or feeling like I can’t take it anymore because sometimes it does feel like…I can never do anything right.” While most people haven’t received criticism at quite the same level, that is surely another feeling her fans can relate to.
The final season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians is currently airing. While the series that made her famous is ending, the YouTube show, new business ventures, and, yes, social media, so Kendall isn’t going anywhere. She also may not be done with reality TV.
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