Kim’s wedding to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — making certain just about every second is monetised to the max.
Stephanie Rafanelli enters the Momager’s LA lair to discover out what it takes to preserve 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-looking willows and thermostat-regular sunshine, like an alternate actuality of the American dream. I’m outdoors The Haven, in Hidden Hills, California probably the most notorious, if ironic, address in post-millennial pop culture. Within the expansive lobby, much more studio set than home, I journey in excess of a cable and dodge a bored-searching cameraman. Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Maintaining Up With the Kardashians season eleven storyline: ‘ES Magazine shoots Kris.’ Absolutely everyone is shooting every person.
The Haven is a stage-managed temple to self-made wealth. It even has its own hall of fame: a corridor of portraits of its loved ones members, like a Who’s Who of the most followed people in social media background. The rest is electrical power interiors: oversized macho furniture, phallic statues and modern art with shouty slogans like ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’, accented with just about every 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 also substantially for Kanye West: quickly after the ES staff arrives, he slips out.
He and Kim are living at her household residence even though their Bel Air mansion is renovated for the arrival of Kardashian-West heir variety two, due in December (it is 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 Her two-year-outdated daughter North bobs in, swaddled in a towel on the shoulder of her nanny, en route to a swimming lesson in the outdoor pool, later on tottering about in a cowboy outfit. Then Kris Jenner, the mom of all Kardashians, makes 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.
Sneakers, £650, Gucci at matchesfashion.com She is warm and softer than I imagined.
At 60, she seems 45, all mahogany skin and boyish haircut. In the black and white fur-carpeted bedroom when shared with her ex-husband — formerly Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner — which is dominated by a giant bed and two bronze panthers, she has transformed into a crisp shirt and trousers. The search is befitting of a publicity svengali all that is missing is a extra fat cigar. Kris is the arch matriarch and manager of her 6 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-produced virtually a decade of the family’s actuality Television display Preserving Up With the Kardashians.
whilst leveraging endorsement specials and surfing on the rise of social media.
Kim, now well worth more than $53 million, has 36.5m followers on Twitter Kendall and Kylie have a joint Instagram reach of 81.5m. Alongside the Islamic-Christian conflict, the post-millennial worldwide schism is: do you appreciate or loathe — or really like to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.