Kim’s wedding ceremony to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — guaranteeing each and every second 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 community of white picket fences, hydroponic-looking willows and thermostat-regular sunshine, like an alternate reality of the American dream. I’m outside The Haven, in Hidden Hills, California most likely the most notorious, if ironic, handle in submit-millennial pop culture. Inside the expansive lobby, more studio set than residence, I journey above a cable and dodge a bored-wanting cameraman. Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Trying to keep Up With the Kardashians season eleven storyline: ‘ES Magazine shoots Kris.’ All people is shooting absolutely everyone.
The Haven is a stage-managed temple to self-created wealth. It even has its own hall of fame: a corridor of portraits of its family members members, like a Who’s Who of the most followed men and women in social media historical past. The rest is energy interiors: oversized macho furnishings, phallic statues and present day artwork with shouty slogans like ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’, accented with each conceivable global challenge 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 as well much for Kanye West: quickly following the ES crew arrives, he slips out.
He and Kim are residing at her household house when their Bel Air mansion is renovated for the arrival of Kardashian-West heir variety 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-year-previous 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 tottering about in a cowboy outfit. Then Kris Jenner, the mom of all Kardashians, can 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 when shared with her ex-husband — formerly Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner — which is dominated by a giant bed and two bronze panthers, she has altered into a crisp shirt and trousers. The appear is befitting of a publicity svengali all that’s missing is a extra fat cigar. Kris is the arch matriarch and manager of her six 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 almost a decade of the family’s reality Tv demonstrate Preserving Up With the Kardashians. whilst leveraging endorsement deals and surfing on the rise of social media.
Kim, now well worth over $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 publish-millennial worldwide schism is: do you adore or loathe — or really like to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.