Given that mental health problems are still widely stigmatized, it would be immensely helpful to have more public figures share their experiences. Streamlining mental health discussions will make us feel more educated and backed up. Jenner has teamed up with Kenneth Cole to increase mental health awareness and do exactly that.
Jenner sat down with Good Morning America on May 15, 2020, to bring attention to the Mental Health Coalition. Throughout the interview, Jenner spoke about her own personal anxiety encounters, and how she handles it in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Kendall Jenner usually has something or the other to keep her busy. As the world’s highest-paid model she flies regularly. But, while the lack of work is making her anxious these days, her job will always be the cause of nervous feelings in the early days of her career.
Talking about her ramp walk experience she shared “I used to get really nervous during fashion shows. I feel like when you’re walking on the runway—I say this from experience—you’re just thinking, ‘Walk straight! Walk straight!—and you try to just focus on that. Especially me, because I used to get really nervous when I knew people in the audience. I would try and force myself to zone out,” Jenner quoted in an interview with Elle.
Thankfully, Jenner has been able to surpass her runway fears with years of experience.“But now, I’m cool with it—I’ve actually gotten so much better at it that I like knowing who’s there, and I’ll kind of peek over to see who’s in the audience before I come out. But it took a little while to get to that point.”
She has turned to other coping strategies to help control her anxiety amid this Lockdown period as her opportunities to work, travel, and spend time with friends and family are limited. “In the days I don’t have as much going on, I tend to get a bit anxious. And to calm myself down, I’ll usually read a book or meditate,” the 24-year-old shared.
Hopefully, Jenner will continue to use her platform to share her perspective that will lead others to speak about theirs.