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Standing in the airy kitchen of her Calabasas home, Kim Kardashian West looks like she might be the twentysomething nanny or assistant of Kim Kardashian West. Without her signature chassis of bronzer, highlighter, contouring, and skintight Yeezy garb, the 37-year-old is almost indistinguishable from the handful of staff in the room, even to someone who has absorbed probably 300 GB of her selfies. In a long-sleeve cotton shirt and athletic pants, and with her hair in cornrows (more on that later), she is softer, daintier, in three dimensions than she is in two. I shouldn’t be surprised. If anything is true of Kim, it is her endless talent for optical illusions.

Thank you for coming all the way out here,” she says politely. “I hope there wasn’t too much traffic on a Saturday.” She leads the way to a living room containing a movie screen and a cream linen couch that could comfortably seat 10. In a house full of kids (three now), the sofa is improbably spotless. But what’s more remarkable is how silent the place is. “Everyone says that!” she says, kicking off her black Balenciaga slides and curling up in a corner. “My kids just aren’t that loud. My daughter has a friend over; they’re in the playroom. But they’re outdoorsy. My dog’s even quiet; it’s the craziest thing.” She’s referring, of course, to Sushi, the Pomeranian whose yapping was a story line on last season’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The Sushi problem was solved by a session with the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, and they all lived happily ever after.

An employee brings a tray with a glass mug of black tea sweetened with coconut milk. It’s the precise color of Kim’s skin, which is clearly an accident, but that I wonder about it tells you something about Kim’s maestro-like control over her surroundings. Her staff is dressed in head-to-toe black, with no logos or patterns on their clothing. In fact, there doesn’t appear to be any branding whatsoever on the premises. Even the water bottle Kim offers me has its sleeve carefully peeled off. “It’s a label-less house,” she says, gesturing around the room, which is indeed composed of Rothko-esque color fields in beige and greige.

The most obvious explanation for the lack of commercial noise is that her home doubles as a film set. And as is the case in movies and scripted series, reality TV requires the “Greeking”—blacking out or blurring—of logos in order to avoid trademark infringement. Also, if you’re a Kardashian, a clearly marked product in your house (or hand) is as good as an ad. And ads come with a price tag.

But Kim maintains that she’s simply a neat freak. “My life is chaotic, so my home is supersimple. Everything has to be clean. No clutter.” This maxim extends to her digital life as well. “I can’t have a full phone. At the end of the day, I delete everything that’s not a current conversation. If I need some information, then I keep it. If not, it has to be deleted. I can’t see too much noise.” A preference for visual serenity is part of Kim and Kanye’s aesthetic kinship. “If Kanye had a dream project,” she says, “it would be to make a Yeezy product line—like deodorant, every product you could imagine. He would redo them all; he hates how they look.” It’s easy to picture: Yeezy x Walgreens, all monotone items for your medicine cabinet.

Full interview:

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Kim Kardashian West is wearing a grey sweatshirt, her hair pulled back tight to reveal a face that is both younger and slightly more tired looking than its glammed-up version. I’m endeared by how visibly excited she grows when she talks about her Vogue India shoot in LA, “The saris, the jewellery, the clothes—everything was so beautiful!” she says. “I told my show that we have to figure out how to get to India”—and also, I realise, her easy-going ordinariness. Funny, warm and self-effacing, Kardashian is comfortable in her skin and a good listener. Talking to her is as easy as talking to a friend’s sister.

Mira Jacob: You started off as a stylist, and now you have an empire. Did you think your career would unfold this way?
Kim Kardashian West: No, I didn’t actually. I thought I was just going to run my clothing store. I didn’t think [the show] would go beyond season 1 or 2. And then as things were happening, my mom and I were so excited. We didn’t even know what we were starting, but we knew we were in it together. We definitely made so many mistakes. At first, we would be involved in anything. But it helped us work our way up to now, to launching a beauty brand completely by myself, and funding it all.

MJ: A piece of advice you would give to young women entrepreneurs?
KKW: Don’t give your name away. Stand your ground on being an owner in your company.

MJ: This is your 10th year with Keeping Up With The Kardashians. What’s the secret?
KKW: I don’t know. But every time I think, “You guys, we filmed four seasons, what else can we talk about, what else can we do?” something else happens. Khloé comes in and says, “I’m getting married, and in a week.” And there are so many topics that we talk about that are relevant in the world. I mean, there’s so many people that have come to me and said, “You know what? My father transitioned, too.” And I think about that. If we can help one person with what is going on in our lives, that is so worth it.

MJ: Let’s say you could make an Uber Kardashian with the best qualities from your family members. What would you take from each?
KKW: My brother’s sense of humour. Kendall’s sweetness. Khloé’s I-don’tgive-a-f*** attitude. Kourtney’s savviness around finances. Kylie’s ability to just go for it and not care what other people’s opinions are. And my mom’s nurturing.

MJ: And if you could take away a quality from each?
KKW: Maybe… Kourtney’s stubbornness. And Khloé’s getting too sensitive. I would take away Kendall’s anxiety, Kylie’s “I don’t care, I know what I’m doing” thing and probably my brother’s moodiness.

MJ: And your mom?
KKW: Nothing. She’s perfect.


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