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Plus-size model Kaela Humphries may be best known as Kris Humphries’ older sister or Kim Kardashian’s soon-to-be ex-sister-in-law, but she’s making a name for herself independent of all that.

The 29-year-old Minnesota native was named one of Plus Model Mag’s 10 Plus-Size Models on the Rise in January 2012 and was just snapped up by the prestigious FORD Models. Still, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for her.

Prior to working with FORD, Kaela had a contract with Arquette & Associates. She left to join a larger agency, but in an episode of The CW’s Remodeled, she made the decision to return to Arquette because she wasn’t getting the attention that she wanted.

Kaela didn’t name names, but we do know that she was previously signed by Wilhemina Models L.A. — the same agency that reps her brother’s almost ex-sister-in-law Kendall Jenner. Small world, no?

Over the course of her career, Kaela has built up her resume by posing for retailers like Nordstrom and walking runway shows, such as Richie Rich’s during New York Fashion Week. (Remember that show that Kim skipped?)

If she ever decides to leave modeling behind, Kaela has an education to fall back on. She graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2001, and then went on to get a degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005.

Even as the dust settles from Kris and Kim’s dramatic divorce, we expect to see more of this stunner!

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