Kim’s wedding to Kanye… Kylie’s lip fillers… Caitlyn’s coming out… and behind it all is Kris Jenner — making certain every moment is monetised to the max. Stephanie Rafanelli enters the Momager’s LA lair to discover out what it takes to retain 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-hunting willows and thermostat-steady 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 post-millennial pop culture. Within the expansive lobby, more studio set than household, I trip in excess of a cable and dodge a bored-hunting cameraman. Any mismoves could jeopardise this morning’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians season eleven storyline: ‘ES Magazine shoots Kris.’ Everybody is shooting absolutely everyone.
The Haven is a stage-managed temple to self-produced wealth. It even has its personal hall of fame: a corridor of portraits of its relatives 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 every conceivable international issue 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 substantially for Kanye West: quickly soon after the ES workforce arrives, he slips out. He and Kim are residing at her household house while 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-12 months-old 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 seems to be 45, all mahogany skin and boyish haircut. In the black and white fur-carpeted bedroom as soon as 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 seem is befitting of a publicity svengali all that is missing is a body 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 attorney Robert Kardashian Kendall, 20, and Kylie, 18, by Jenner.
She has executive-generated almost a decade of the family’s actuality Television present Maintaining Up With the Kardashians. even though 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 attain of 81.5m. Alongside the Islamic-Christian conflict, the post-millennial worldwide schism is: do you enjoy or loathe — or really like to loathe — the Kardashians? ‘We are in on the joke,’ she assures me.