Should Kris Jenner Become a College Professor Like Matthew McConaughey?
It was recently announced that actor Matthew McConaughey will be teaching a class on filmography at his alma mater this fall. McConaughey is an actor and producer with more than two decades of experience under his belt, so it seems that he will be a great professor who has a lot of knowledge about film-making to share with young students.
McConaughey being a teacher has also got a lot of people wondering about which other celebrities could be valuable for schools to have in their lecture halls.
Most notably, could Kris Jenner — a widely-recognized businesswoman who has built an enormous brand — make a good college professor? Is this a career path she should think about pursuing in the future? Read on below to find out the answer to these questions.
How did Kris Jenner become famous?
For much of Kris Jenner’s life, she lived below the radar. Jenner briefly worked as a flight attendant in the 1970s before retiring to become a stay-at-home mother.
Her family gained a bit of notoriety when her ex-husband, the late Robert Kardashian, defended O.J. Simpson during the latter’s infamous murder trial.
In the early 2000s, some Kardashian family members — most notably, Kim — began hanging out with popular celebrities. Kris Jenner, then, started managing her daughters’ burgeoning Hollywood careers.
However, Jenner’s name did not become widely known until Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007 following the release of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. On the first episode of KUWTK alone, it was clear that Jenner took her “momager” job seriously.
When talking about her daughter’s sex tape being leaked, she said: “As her mother I wanted to kill her, but as her manager I knew I had a job to do.”
KUWTK became a hit with audiences everywhere. It made members of the Kardashian-Jenner family household names, allowing them to earn a lot of money from endorsement deals and their own businesses. Kris Jenner herself manages almost everything related to her children’s careers, from negotiating their salaries to securing them sponsorships.
She, as many fans believe, also figures out ways to capitalize off of drama, scandals, and headlines related to the Kardashian-Jenner brand.
As Jenner said in an interview with Vice: “My job is to take my family’s 15 minutes of fame and turn it into 30.”
What could Kris Jenner teach as a college professor?
Jenner is extremely savvy when it comes to business and marketing. After all, it’s all thanks to her hard work as a “momager” that the Kardashian-Jenner family has been able to stay relevant in showbiz for more than a decade.
Jenner did not have any formal education or training in business and marketing, though she shared that she simply learned a lot through “osmosis” and from being around “a lot of time around really powerful people who happened to be successful.”
After all these years of managing the careers of several hugely famous people, it’s clear that Jenner has a lot of knowledge to share with others.
Should Jenner really become a college professor?
Some people could object to Kris Jenner being a college professor because she herself only finished high school. Moreover, she also does not fit the image of a successful businessperson who should be teaching lessons to students.
Selena Pruitt, a former graduate of Macalester College in Minnesota, said: “People don’t immediately think of Kris Jenner [as powerful or influential] because she is a woman, she only has a high-school degree, and because the Kardashian empire is built upon her daughters’ beauty and sex appeal and caters to societal beauty and female ideals.”
However, it’s clear that Jenner is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to marketing via reality TV and social media — both of which are new modes of communications that she and her family have really perfected the use of. There is no doubt that her skill set should not be underestimated.
Perhaps in the future when the 63-year-old “momager” is ready for the cameras to be turned off on her family, she could start teaching at a university and share with the next generation her secrets for success.