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
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.
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!
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