Get What You Want

Ac­cord­ing to Kim She has built a global busi­ness em­pire and amassed 17 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers, shares top billing in a new movie, and is ex­pect­ing a baby that’s get­ting al­most as much buzz as Kate Mid­dle­ton’s. But Kim Kar­dashian says her big­gest new p

Cosmopolitan (India) - - COSMO INTERVIEW - By Amy Wal­lace; Pho­to­graphs by Matthias Vriens-mcgrath

tiny bot­tles, each with a se­cret code name, sit on a shiny white ta­ble in front of Kim Kar­dashian, await­ing in­spec­tion. In­side the vials are ver­sions of her lat­est fra­grance, Glam, which is be­ing tweaked to ap­peal to Ja­panese con­sumers. What­ever the 32-year-old beauty chooses to­day will be sold overseas un­der her name, so she is tak­ing this smell-off se­ri­ously.

It’s a lazy Sun­day af­ter­noon in Los An­ge­les, but Kar­dashian is hard at work. Preg­nant but not show­ing, she’s dressed in a filmy, grey-pink Lan­vin top, a form-fit­ting skirt, and pointy-toed Bal­main heels. The Glam for Ja­pan meet­ing is the first of three to­day; next up is a look at mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als for an up­com­ing fra­grance (her sixth) and a strat­egy ses­sion with the heads of her on­line shoe com­pany, ShoeDaz­zle.

This is prob­a­bly not how you ex­pected Kar­dashian’s week­end to un­fold. She is, af­ter all, a girl who is fa­mous for hav­ing fun—some­times too much of it. On Keep­ing Up With The Kar­dashi­ans, she’s for­ever try­ing to drag her sis­ters, Kourt­ney and Khloé, out club­bing. While her 2006 sex tape with singer Ray J feels like an­cient his­tory, her 72-day mar­riage to bas­ket­ball player Kris Humphries and her sub­se­quent ro­mance with singer Kanye West keep her con­stantly in the tabloids. It’s hard not to as­sume that’s by de­sign.

None­the­less, she tells me: “2013 for me is about scal­ing back. I want to fo­cus on the few projects that I’m passionate about and not spread my­self too thin.” To which I can only ask my­self the same ques­tion that has nagged me since I first shook her hand: is this girl for real?

Full dis­clo­sure: this is not the first time I’ve met Kim Kar­dashian. Our first en­counter oc­curred five years ago on L.A.’s 101 Free­way when, inch­ing along in bumper-to-bumper traf­fic, I rear-ended the woman famed for her bo­da­cious back­side. It was my fault com­pletely. She could’ve been pissy or freaked out as we ex­changed in­surance in­for­ma­tion. In­stead, she was sweet. No big deal.

“In sit­u­a­tions like that, emer­gen­cies, I’m su­per-calm,” she says, laugh­ing when I re­veal that I am the dis­tracted driver who hit her in 2008. “Es­pe­cially with ma­te­rial things, I feel like it’s not the end of the world as long as ev­ery­one’s safe. I’m like that in any stress­ful sit­u­a­tion. Even when my fa­ther passed away, I sat down and I said to ev­ery­one, ‘Okay, guys, what are we sup­posed to learn from this? We all need to grow up.’”

Kim was 22 when Robert Kar­dashian, a lawyer best known for serv­ing on O.J. Simp­son’s de­fense team, died of can­cer. She was go­ing through her first di­vorce, split­ting from a man she’d mar­ried at 19, and she ad­mits she re­lied on her dad for coun­sel and sup­port. On his deathbed, though, he told her he knew she’d be okay. “I’ll never have to worry about you,” she re­calls him say­ing. “You’ll al­ways make it hap­pen. Take care of your brother and sis­ters.” She promised she

Pleated body suit and skirt, J Men­del; bracelets, Jen­nifer

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