The rich keep getting richer.
Forbes has Kylie Jenner in mind as the gal who is, "on track to soon be the youngest self-made billionaire ever." At just 20-years-old, the youngest sibling of the famous Kardashian-Jenner clan is cruising into billionaire status, sitting on a $900 million mountain that was amassed in under 3 years. But "self-made?" Well sorta.
While her drive, determination, and dollars are impressive, some call Forbes' "self-made" description a bit deceptive. One Twitter user complained, "Calling Kylie Jenner self-made without acknowledging anywhere the incredible head start she had is what allows people to turn around and look at poor people and ask them why they haven't become billionaires yet. Her story is not inspiring or motivating for anyone." Another chimed in, "Kylie Jenner is not 'self-made' at all. This is the problem with talking about successful people in America. We act like they did it by themselves when that's never the case. And, with people like the Kardashians/Jenners, they were always rich."
“Self-made"? Really? It's easy to become a billionaire when you're parents are millionaires...It's called generational wealth + nepotism.
Try Oprah Winfrey, who was raised on a small Mississippi farm by her grandmother, for self-made *whispers Kylie also isn't a billionaire yet* pic.twitter.com/UQGrJxno8z
— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) July 11, 2018
Well, haters gonna hate, as they say, but Jenner is taking the backlash to the bank. Her fortune is phenomenal, "thanks in large part to her wildly popular makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics," notes
CBS News. She owns all of the cosmetics brand, not to mention the money that pours in from additional endorsement deals, reality show dough, and then some.
Forbes explains, "Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23."
Lucrative Lip Kit
Kylie Jenner's Lip Kit is the real money maker. After she came out with the news that she plumped her lips professionally, Jenner came out with a fabulous makeup kit for fans seeking to achieve the same look. A liner and lipstick go a long way in creating the perfect pout. And for Jenner, the more sales, the more success. Her mom is her manager, so "momager" Kris gets 10%, but the rest of the money goes right into Jenner's pocket. Hundreds of millions and growing. SWAK!
She reigns supreme
Looking fit and foxy, Kylie shows us what "supreme" really looks like. Those lips are bold, her body is at its best, and her pose shows she knows she's supreme. We could only imagine what's written on her pants.
Hey "Mrs. Bieber"
The future Mrs. Justin Bieber is close with the Kar-Jens too. Here she's posing with her friend Kylie Jenner for a pic that couldn't get any prettier. Will Kylie be in the bridal party? And more importantly, will Hailey Baldwin use a Lip Kit for her bridal makeup?
Mommy's Got Money
Jenner and baby Stormi
Hey cutie. Do you know your mama's loaded? This little girl will grow up in luxury with a young mom who is filthy rich. With a family full of millionaires and a mom who is about to become a billionaire (according to Forbes), sweet little Stormi will never go without. Hopefully her mom's business sense gets passed down and this girl goes on to do amazing things too. If not, there's always reality TV. Surely Ryan Seacrest's phone number's on speed-dial.
Lingerie All Day
She "woke up like this."
For the first time, we're not paying attention to Kylie's lips. After all, this revealing undergarment set is quite alluring. Confident with her figure and satisfied with showing it off, Kylie proves that a little goes a long way.
Look out Pamela Anderson
Kylie may be all about the lips but here she puts the "bum" in beach bum. Evidently, Kim's not the only sister in the family with killer curves. The temperature outside was surely hot that day but when Kylie hit the sand, there was a heat wave!
Yes, Kylie was a cutie back in the day, but here we see her before lip injections and whatever else she had "done." It's almost hard to believe this is the same person! Kylie surely changed her appearance over the years, so can we say she is "paying it forward" by letting the world in on her makeup must-haves?
She's a "Barbie Girl"
Pretty in pink
Pink is powerful, proven by the Barbie-like Kylie in this hot pink swimsuit and matching makeup. The blonde look works for the beauty who seems to change up her style at the drop of a hat. And in this case, the drop of nearly all the rest of her clothes too.
The happy couple
Looking like a million bucks at the last MET Gala, Kylie and her beau Travis Scott are decked out in black hitting the red carpet in true celeb style. As if they're not cool enough, Kylie added a pair of sexy shades to complete the look.
If you didn't take a selfie, did it really happen? Showing off her toned abs and enviable legs, Kylie is snapping yet another pic for Instagram. We take it that nobody will be zoning in on the socks or long sleeves.
Beauty and Big Bucks
Kendall and Kylie Jenner
Both of these sisters are beautiful in their own right, but Kendall's the model who also makes millions. Money says she's worth $18 million which is nothing to sneeze at, but compared to her little sis, it's not much. Still, walking Paris runways and shooting provocative pics on tropical islands isn't too shabby. And when her looks fade, she can always hit up Kylie for cash. Or at least use her Lip Kit to freshen up.
Kylie and Kim Kardashian West
Kim used to be the big shot of the bunch but it looks like Kylie is stealing her thunder. Looks like big sis taught the youngest well - to use social media to propel popularity to the max. Of course, no one could ever replace Kim, but Kylie is stepping out as the star of the money-obsessed family. Kim's no billionaire but she's got her own "assets," so to speak. We're sure she'll be just fine, even if Kylie becomes the hottest thing since Kim's sex tape.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Kylie got her business savvy from her mom. Kris Jenner is the "momager" with the most, making her kids rich and famous, and getting a cut of the action. From reality TV to endorsements to businesses and then some, Kris has helped catapult her kids into the limelight, making a buck whenever possible. Some moms help their kids launch lemonade stands. Kris makes Lip Kits a raging success.
Kickin' it with Khloe
Khloe is always fun to be with, so Kylie must love it when she has time to chill with her cool older sister. With matching thigh-high slits, these sassy sisters prove that a great fashion sense runs in the family. Showing lots of skin is a common thread too...
Could Caitlyn Jenner be more proud? Kylie is surely an inspiration, even for a former Olympian. At such a young age, Caitlyn's daughter is doing amazing things. And not to mention the family discount on Lip Kits!
While there are arguably more important causes to donate to, if you want to see Kylie hit the billion dollar mark, go to Josh Ostrovsky, aka the "Fat Jew's" GoFundMe page set up to help her raise the funds.
He writes, "Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking. I don't want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn't have a billion dollars. WE MUST RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HER GET TO A BILLION, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT."
Congrats Kylie! May your Lip Kits continue to make fans' lips as fat as your bank account.
Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.
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Frank Ocean's intentionally elusive character has been a key ingredient in his rise as one of the last decade's most influential artists.
"If I start to tell a story and then I decide not to tell the story anymore, I can stop. It's my story," he told W Magazine last September. "The expectation for artists to be vulnerable and truthful is a lot, you know?"
The idea of staying true to yourself may not sound inherently groundbreaking, but for the last near-decade, Frank Ocean has spoken almost exclusively through his music, at times sprinkling loosies online merely for the sake of getting something off his chest. "There's something that happens when you say what you're doing before it's done," he said to W. "You're accountable for that version that you talk about... It's usually better for me to make what I make, put it out or don't, and then talk about it freely."
Wildfire<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="d8fc3f180510c425031e86829f9a20d0"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G6z7c-nIQ6M?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>On the severely underappreciated return-to-form John Mayer project <em>Paradise Valley</em>, Frank Ocean coos about a passionate love affair over the chirp of late-night peeper. While the brief interlude is over in a little over a minute, it's a transporting few moments and conjures up the all-consuming sensuality that comes with a fleeting summer romance. The track was also a coy ode to French model Willy Cartier, who the singer was rumored to be dating at the time.</p>
Bitches Talkin' / Songs For Women<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5fd567794c7eb788b01a2cb053354d95"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_09OZPldk_g?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Over a slick infusion of lo-fi surf rock and '80s synth-pop, Frank Ocean grinds out memorable bars and shows welcomed versatility as a rapper and singer. He explores a newfound love affair, and over the course of the song, watches it deteriorate as he prioritizes making music, but the singer never changes his mind. He understands his music will make women swoon, but at the end of the day, they remain unable to relate to his lifestyle.</p>
Pilot Jones<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5e43aaa5ce9277ac381309e8b8061aad"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/azgDZ-TBCzk?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>The glitchy <em>Channel Orange </em>deep-cut "Pilot Jones" once again finds Frank offering stream-of-consciousness anecdotes about another relationship. The love affair is undoubtedly toxic, and Frank's voice weaves in and out of various tempos and pitches, his voice at times shaky and unguarded then clear and pristine. </p><p>His voice wavers and stumbles with an almost drunken elegance as electronic clicks and wurrs gently push him along. He is trying to bring himself down to his partner's level, a prospect he ultimately fails to achieve. It's an absorbing track that shows that Frank truly thrives when placed amongst deteriorating song structures.</p>
Blue Whale<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4a2300d9667687dcd6aa0ac190231b20"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vinLW-uY53Q?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>An early album outtake uploaded spontaneously, "Blue Whale" finds Frank full-on rapping and speaking frankly on his relationships and his poor adjustment to fame. "This life goes on man that's one thing about it," he says with defeat. He knows there's no escape from this lifestyle he chose. The beat, produced by Pharrell Williams, flows like a gentle body of water, and it's a shame the track didn't get a final album cut.</p>
Biking<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="5730e5f548adc50d72a70eff8acd4afc"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fYGPcfUqzL0?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>With hard-hitting features from Jay-Z and Tyler, the Creator, it's a shame this 2017 loosie didn't get more attention. While the song's lo-fi vibe fits perfectly in Frank's world, Tyler, the Creator and Jay also sound right at home. Frank's buoyancy sounds optimistic, a refreshing departure from his signature slow-burn hums, and that's because Frank was hesitantly content at this point in his career. </p><p>"God gave you what you could handle," he calls out on the track's hook, his voice soaked in reverb; there doesn't seem to be anything he can't conquer on his own. It's a fleeting victory lap for someone as empathetic as Frank, and you know it won't be long before he's down in the dumps again. But the crooner tries to relish in this moment of satisfaction rather than question it this time around, and it's a welcomed change of pace.</p>
Crack Rock<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="37ff7120dbd7b20bb5b389fbb251f8ec"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IVzzw7Vkiyg?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>Aided by bouncy drums and a breezy keyboard, Frank abandons his relationship commentary in favor of a deep reflection on drug addiction and the war on drugs. Here he croons with a breathy quip, a move he said was intentional in order to mimic <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/jul/21/frank-ocean-guardian-exclusive-interview" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">how a "smoker would sing it."</a> The track's narrative remains powerful and transportive to this day.</p>
Skyline To<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8e85a2198e917f8808a6ecbf30582f29"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CtkUJb22oSQ?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>While almost every song on <em>Blonde</em> is by no means underappreciated, "Skyline To" finds Frank once again gliding freely in the clouds, nothing but improvisational guitars to push him along. The song's power is that it is merely a collection of ruminating thoughts Frank has had over the last few years, most of them soaked in bitter nostalgia. "It begins to blur, we get older," he cries. "Summer's not as long as it used to be." </p><p>"Skyline To" highlights what makes Frank such a compelling artist: his ability to take the mental struggles of the human experience and shape them into song.</p>
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Keith Raniere's pseudo-philosophy ranged from hedonism and nihilism to neurotic obsessions with weight, body hair, and training people out of empathy.
In 2006, when Allison Mack was a lead actress on CW's Smallville, she accepted an invitation from co-star Kristin Kreuk to attend a meeting for a "women's empowerment" group called NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um).
Over the following decade, the Albany-based organization became known as a cult that practiced sex slavery and branding under the guise of mentoring young women. Earlier this week, Mack pleaded guilty to charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking for her senior role within the organization, which included recruiting women for "labor and services" under orders from Keith Raniere, NXIVM's leader and co-founder.
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