Get What You Want
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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