Kim’s wedding ceremony to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — making certain every second is monetised to the max. Stephanie Rafanelli enters the Momager’s LA lair to discover out what it takes to retain up with the Kardashians A fleet of black vans blocks the driveway of a stately hacienda in an LA gated community of white picket fences, hydroponic-wanting willows and thermostat-steady sunshine, like an alternate actuality of the American dream.
I’m outside The Haven, in Hidden Hills, California possibly the most notorious, if ironic, handle in publish-millennial pop culture.
Within the expansive lobby, far more studio set than residence, I trip in excess of a cable and dodge a bored-hunting cameraman.
Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Maintaining Up With the Kardashians season 11 storyline: ‘ES Magazine shoots Kris.’ Every person is shooting every person.
The Haven is a stage-managed temple to self-made wealth. It even has its personal hall of fame: a corridor of portraits of its family members members, like a Who’s Who of the most followed people in social media history. The rest is power interiors: oversized macho furniture, phallic statues and modern-day art with shouty slogans like ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’, accented with every single conceivable worldwide situation of Vogue. The palette is black and white: chequered floor in the lobby white walls black on black on black guest bathroom, even down to the black toilet paper. The morning’s commotion is too substantially for Kanye West: soon immediately after the ES crew arrives, he slips out.
He and Kim are residing at her family residence even though their Bel Air mansion is renovated for the arrival of Kardashian-West heir number two, due in December (it’s a boy!). Eight months ripe, Kim pads into the kitchen in a white towelling dressing gown to have her public eyes painted on by a make-up artist.
Her two-12 months-outdated daughter North bobs in, swaddled in a towel on the shoulder of her nanny, en route to a swimming lesson in the outside pool, later on tottering about in a cowboy outfit.
Then Kris Jenner, the mother of all Kardashians, tends to make her entrance in a bathrobe with ‘Momager’ emblazoned on the back, the Muhammad Ali of monetisation. Silk georgette shirt, £625, Givenchy at harveynichols.com. Silk trousers, £565, Gucci at brownsfashion.com. Footwear, £650, Gucci at matchesfashion.com She is warm and softer than I imagined. At 60, she looks 45, all mahogany skin and boyish haircut. In the black and white fur-carpeted bedroom once shared with her ex-husband — formerly Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner — which is dominated by a giant bed and two bronze panthers, she has changed into a crisp shirt and trousers. The appear is befitting of a publicity svengali all that is missing is a fat cigar.
Kris is the arch matriarch and manager of her six young children: Kourtney, 36, Kim, 35, Khloé, 31, and Rob, 28, by Armenian-American lawyer Robert Kardashian Kendall, twenty, and Kylie, 18, by Jenner. She has executive-made just about a decade of the family’s actuality Television present Preserving Up With the Kardashians. while leveraging endorsement offers and surfing on the rise of social media. Kim, now really worth above $53 million, has 36.5m followers on Twitter Kendall and Kylie have a joint Instagram attain of 81.5m. Alongside the Islamic-Christian conflict, the post-millennial international schism is: do you appreciate or loathe — or really like to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.