Khloé: ‘I don’t let any­one tell me what to do’ + why you shouldn’t ei­ther

Khloé Kar­dashian IS LEAD­ING THE CHARGE WHEN I T COMES TO CON­FI­DENCE. SHE CHATS TO SHARI NEMENTZIK ABOUT BODY LOVE, TROLLS AND BE­ING UNAPOLOGETICALLY KHLOÉ

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Let’s be hon­est, we all want a cock­tail (or five) with Khloé Kar­dashian. We’d have a no- holds- barred chat about love, life and sex and goof around un­til our tum­mies hurt from all the laughs. All while sip­ping on some ‘Sud­den Hang­overs’ (one of Khloé’s fave drinks), which, of course, she’ d hap­pily whip up for us: ‘I’m a damn good host­ess if I do say so my­self,’ she writes on her web­site. How do I know this is how it’ d go down? Be­cause I know Khloé. Well, I feel like I do, and you prob­a­bly do too. Her en­dear­ing will­ing­ness to share all as­pects of her life – good, bad and some­times ugly – with such raw hon­esty and hu­mour is why we feel like we’re part of her squad – and why we want to be in it IRL. Keep­ing Up With the Kar­dashi­ans is what made her fa­mous, but it’s her smarts, lov­ing na­ture, laugh­out­loud hu­mour and f ierce self­be­lief that’s seen her be­come one of the most in­de­mand pop icons of our time – not to men­tion a kick­ass role model. Sim­ply put, there’s some­thing about Khloé that we’re ob­sessed with.

Far from be­ing just a re­al­ity star, Khloé’s grown from a shy teenager into a self­made mul­ti­mil­lion­aire, who backs her­self in every­thing she does and doesn’t give in to peer pres­sure. ‘ I’m not some­one who is eas­ily inf lu­enced by the pub­lic,’ she says. ‘I’m strong and fear­less and not afraid to take risks in busi­ness’ – and, might we add, al­ways looks hot AF do­ing so. Yet de­spite the grav­i­tas of her celebrity sta­tus, she’s al­ways been sur­pris­ingly down to earth.

GOOD JEANS

If you strip away the en­tourage that fol­lows her grav­ity­de­fy­ing der­rière and look be­yond her fa­mous sur­name, per­fect face of makeup and en­vi­able hair, we can all, in some way, re­late to Khloé. She’s all of us – she gets you. Take, for ex­am­ple, her new all­in­clu­sive denim and body­suit range Good Amer­i­can, de­signed for women of all shapes and sizes. ‘ It re­ally stemmed from my past and the ex­pe­ri­ences I had when I would go shop­ping with my sis­ters,’ she says. ‘ I had a hard time f in­d­ing my sizes, which was em­bar­rass­ing; I didn’t want to feel dif­fer­ent. And even now that I’m in shape, I still have to tai­lor most of my clothes to f it my curves. I knew that if I was hav­ing these is­sues, other women were too.’ And Khloé knows good jeans. ‘ You know you are wear­ing a great pair when you can look at your­self in the mir­ror and feel proud of your body. There’s some­thing so sexy and em­pow­er­ing about that.’ Good news: they ship to Aus­tralia!

Khloé’s not al­ways been a role model for body con­fi­dence. She once called her­self the ‘ fat, funny one’ and had long bat­tled her own demons. It was dur­ing her di­vorce with La­mar Odom that she found respite in the gym. ‘ When I f irst started work­ing out it was more of an es­cape for me, and when I re­al­ized I was ac­tu­ally los­ing weight I took my health and diet more se­ri­ously,’ she says. ‘ It’s more im­por­tant to fo­cus on a healthy, re­al­is­tic life­style you can main­tain rather than a crazy diet you can’t keep up with. This isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.’ Khloé has been praised for her f it­ness jour­ney (which is doc­u­mented in her best­selling book Strong Looks Bet­ter Naked), when she over­hauled her life­

style and emerged even more self­as­sured and con­fi­dent. ‘ I try to work out six days a week if I can, and give my­self a day off,’ she says. ‘ My work­outs can last any­where be­tween an hour to two hours de­pend­ing on the in­ten­sity of the work­out and what I have time for that day. Trust me, it’s not al­ways easy find­ing time to work out but if you make it a pri­or­ity, even­tu­ally it be­comes part of your rou­tine.’

Body hang­ups are some­thing most – if not all – of us can re­late to… and Khloé’s not im­mune to them ei­ther, ad­mit­ting she still has ‘mo­ments of weak­ness’. ‘I try not to let what peo­ple say bother me but at the same time, I am hu­man,’ she says. ‘ When I go through com­ments on so­cial me­dia and read about my arms or my thighs or hips, I try not to let them get to me, but I’d be ly­ing if I said I never went to my trainer the next day, say­ing, “I need to work on my thighs to­day”. But mostly I brush the crit­i­cism off… I love my body; I’m healthy, I work out.’ re­cent years. Her sense of self is awe­in­spir­ing, as is her f ierce pro­tec­tion of her fam­ily: mess with Khloé’s loved ones, mess with her. ‘ I am a lion and these are my cubs and don’t f *ck with my cubs be­cause I will rip your head off,’ she has said. She also has some solid ad­vice for her nieces [ Pene­lope, North and Dream]. ‘ I just want them to be con­fi­dent in them­selves and in who they are. I don’t think there’s any­thing more im­por­tant than that,’ she says. ‘And to have fun. I don’t want them to take things so se­ri­ously all the time. They’re such beau­ti­ful girls in­side and out, with amaz­ing per­son­al­i­ties. I just want them to live a good life.’

‘ I TRY NOT TO LET WHAT PEO­PLE SAY BOTHER ME, BUT I’M HU­MAN’

‘ I JUST THINK THAT KNOW­ING ABOUT YOUR BODY AT ANY AGE IS RE­ALLY IM­POR­TANT’

Living un­der the con­stant glare of cam­eras can’t be an easy feat – we’ve been there for her low­est of lows and high­est of highs. It’s lit­tle won­der we’re so in­vested in her life. Just look at her 68.6 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, who ea­gerly await her next post. We’re all root­ing for her to have a happy end­ing – some­thing that looks to be a re­al­ity with her beau, NBA star Tris­tan Thomp­son. But through all the ups and downs of her life, Khloé’s never com­pro­mised who she is. Fan or not, you can’t ar­gue: it’s an ad­mirable qual­ity. More than that, she al­ways en­cour­ages oth­ers to do the same. ‘ I’m an ad­vo­cate of own­ing who you are as a per­son. Don’t be ashamed or in­tim­i­dated. Never feel like you are not amaz­ing,’ she says.

‘ CAN I GET AN AMEN?’

Khloé is also kween of keep­ing shit real. ‘ The f irst day of your pe­riod is lit­er­ally like there’s a lit­tle alien in­side of you beat­ing the f *ck out of your uterus.’ No topic is too taboo for her – boobs, vagi­nas, pe­ri­ods; she’s happy to talk about it all. ‘I just think that know­ing about your body at any age, whether it’s ed­u­cat­ing your­self on fer­til­ity, get­ting mam­mo­grams, go­ing through pu­berty, is im­por­tant,’ she says. ‘ I just re­ally en­cour­age women em­pow­er­ment and be­ing com­fort­able talk­ing about these is­sues.’

Khloé’s most love­able qual­ity is her self­dep­re­cat­ing sense of hu­mour. Turn on any episode of

KUWTK and she’ll poke fun at her­self at least once, blam­ing her ‘ fat ass’ for rip­ping her dress or, heck, even do­ing a rain dance in the living room. She’s not one to sweat the small stuff and take her­self too se­ri­ously. ‘ Fame comes and goes, but you have to be able to laugh about your­self and take it with a grain of salt,’ she says.

Most of all, Khloé still gets that over­whelm­ing feel­ing that life can just be ‘re­ally hard’. Like the rest of us, she’s try­ing to pave her path and nav­i­gate her way through the ob­sta­cles – she never says she’s per­fect or is un­der any il­lu­sion that she’s got this. She’ll sooner throw her hands up and ad­mit to her stuff­ups than boast of her suc­cess. And that is per­haps the rea­son why we’re all so keen to keep up with her – be­cause we

can. ‘ I’ve learnt from ex­pe­ri­ence you just never know what hap­pens in life.’ We’ll drink to that!

To buy Good Amer­i­can denim and body­suits, go to Goodamer­i­can.com.

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