Congratulations, Kylie Jenner

World’s youngest billionaire (or not), Jenner’s success is something to celebrate.

Bear with me, guys. I’m neither a fashionista nor a fan of vapid consumerism. I’m still wearing the same worn out belt I bought over six years ago. But when I heard Forbes Magazine announced reality TV star Kylie Jenner may soon be the youngest billionaire in history, I thought that was something to celebrate.

There are questions about whether Forbes‘ financial estimates are strictly accurate, but even if you count Jenner’s personal and business wealth into the high hundreds of millions, it’s still pretty damn impressive for a 21 year old.

At a time when politicians and celebrities are constantly telling women and girls the world is out to get them and they can’t get ahead, isn’t it wonderful that women like Kylie Jenner have been so successful? Their success and business savvy, at the very least, should be something to emulate.

In January, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told a crowd that a system which “allows billionaires to exist” is “wrong.” Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has also routinely heaps abuse on “millionaires and billionaires.” They should, these politicians argue, be taxed at rates as high as 90% for the “crime” of being rich.

I have no interest in anything Kylie Jenner is selling, but millions of her customers do. They obviously find value in her and her products. Is the “system” that “allowed” her to grow a multi-million dollar business in a few years immoral? Is she immoral for creating a successful niche in the cosmetics industry and filling a demand?

Ambitious people don’t go out and create products people love just so the government can come and tax them out of business. People like Kylie Jenner should be encouraged, not disparaged and denounced, for their success. And I think it speaks volumes that this young woman was able to achieve so much in the United States, despite all negativity and nay saying by political “activists” who say no one can get ahead in this country.

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Author: Michael Kleen

Michael Kleen is an author, raconteur, and occasional traveler. He has a M.A. in History and M.S. in Education. He enjoys studying military history, folklore, and philosophy.

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