Kim’s wedding to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — ensuring each and every moment is monetised to the max. Stephanie Rafanelli enters the Momager’s LA lair to come across out what it takes to keep up with the Kardashians A fleet of black vans blocks the driveway of a stately hacienda in an LA gated neighborhood of white picket fences, hydroponic-hunting willows and thermostat-regular sunshine, like an alternate reality of the American dream. I’m outside The Haven, in Hidden Hills, California probably the most notorious, if ironic, deal with in submit-millennial pop culture. Within the expansive lobby, a lot more studio set than home, I trip more than a cable and dodge a bored-looking cameraman. Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Trying to keep Up With the Kardashians season eleven storyline: ‘ES Magazine shoots Kris.’ Every person is shooting absolutely everyone.
The Haven is a stage-managed temple to self-created wealth.
It even has its very own 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 historical past. 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 conceivable global concern 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 significantly for Kanye West: soon after the ES group arrives, he slips out. He and Kim are living at her family members home even though their Bel Air mansion is renovated for the arrival of Kardashian-West heir amount 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-yr-old 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, helps 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. Sneakers, £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 modified into a crisp shirt and trousers. The appear is befitting of a publicity svengali all that’s missing is a fat cigar. Kris is the arch matriarch and manager of her 6 little ones: Kourtney, 36, Kim, 35, Khloé, 31, and Rob, 28, by Armenian-American lawyer Robert Kardashian Kendall, 20, and Kylie, 18, by Jenner. She has executive-generated almost a decade of the family’s reality Television present Preserving Up With the Kardashians.
while leveraging endorsement offers and surfing on the rise of social media. Kim, now well worth in excess of $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 global schism is: do you adore or loathe — or enjoy to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.