Meet the Kardashian-Jenner cousin who is putting her famous relatives in the shade

Meet the Kardashian-Jenner cousin who is putting her famous relatives in the shade

If there's one thing that the Kardashian-Jenner axis are known for, it's their good looks and enviable figures. However, while the Kardashian-Jenner clan have achieved worldwide fame, there are other members of their family beginning to make their own way in the world of modeling.

Natalie Zettel, 18, from San Diego County, California, is the daughter of Kris Jenner's younger sister Karen Houghton, and although she managed to stay out of the public eye during her family's meteoric rise to fame, she has clearly inherited some of the good looks that run through the family's genes.

The teenager is first cousin to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian, as well as their infamous half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner – and looking at her, she could quite easily pass for one of the sisters if she wanted to.

With a thin frame and long dark hair, Natalie is the spitting image of Kendall Jenner, and much like her 21-year-old cousin, she is also pursuing a career in modeling. Although she has flown under the radar until recently, Natalie isn't shy about sharing her connection to the famous family, with her often paying tribute to her cousins on social media.

Recently, Natalie took to her Twitter account to wish Kylie a happy 20th birthday, sharing a photo of them cuddling up together. She also spent Mother's Day with their mutual grandmother, Mary Jo Campbell, and in February she posted a photo of herself wearing one of Kendall + Kylie's swimsuit range.

In a 2013 interview with Star magazine, Natalie opened up about her relationship with the sisters, saying that she sees them as family and nothing else, despite their wealth and fame.

"They’re my blood. They’re always going to be there — I’m stuck with them — but I love my family. I’ve known them since I was a little toddler," she explained.

"I’m closest with Kendall and Kylie because we’re close in age. It’s not weird for me to have a large, famous family because I knew them before all the fame. People are like, 'Oh my Gosh! You’re cousins with the Kardashian family? Is that weird?' And I say, 'No.' They’re nothing special. In my eyes, they’re just my family."

Although Natalie is friends with her cousins, she is yet to make an appearance on their reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, or any of the other spin-off reality shows that they take part in. It's been rumoured that the lack of appearances is due to Kris Jenner wanting to keep her sister out of the spotlight out of fear that she will embarrass the family.

Natalie's mom Karen, is known as the "crazy aunt" in the family, and she has candidly spoken about the differences between her and her sister.

In an interview with InTouch, Karen said that Kris "came out of the womb saying, 'Where's my Ferrari?"

"She's a workaholic, a hustler. It's about wanting power. It's Gucci purses, Bentleys, all the things I don't care about that she does. You do these things because you are unhappy. Money is Kris' whole world," she added.

While Natalie has gone under the radar till the age of 18, there's no doubt that we will begin to see more of her as she grows up. Given the ties she has to the Kardashians, don't be surprised to see her walking catwalks and appearing on billboards in the near future.