Kim’s wedding to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — ensuring each and every second is monetised to the max. Stephanie Rafanelli enters the Momager’s LA lair to find 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-wanting willows and thermostat-steady sunshine, like an alternate actuality of the American dream. I’m outdoors The Haven, in Hidden Hills, California almost certainly the most notorious, if ironic, deal with in post-millennial pop culture.
Inside the expansive lobby, far more studio set than property, I journey above a cable and dodge a bored-wanting cameraman.
Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Preserving 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-made wealth. It even has its own hall of fame: a corridor of portraits of its household members, like a Who’s Who of the most followed people in social media background. The rest is energy interiors: oversized macho furniture, phallic statues and modern day artwork with shouty slogans like ‘That Was Then, This Is Now’, accented with every single conceivable international 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 also considerably for Kanye West: soon right after the ES crew arrives, he slips out. He and Kim are living at her relatives household whilst their Bel Air mansion is renovated for the arrival of Kardashian-West heir quantity 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 Her two-year-outdated daughter North bobs in, swaddled in a towel on the shoulder of her nanny, en route to a swimming lesson in the outdoor pool, later tottering about in a cowboy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. Shoes, £650, Gucci at matchesfashion.com She is warm and softer than I imagined.
At 60, she seems to be 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 search is befitting of a publicity svengali all that is missing is a excess 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 present Maintaining Up With the Kardashians. although leveraging endorsement discounts and surfing on the rise of social media. Kim, now really 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 international schism is: do you adore or loathe — or adore to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.