The new guard The young Jenner sisters take Brand Kardashian into the future
when George Orwell penned his masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, little could he have imagined that decades later, reality would supersede fiction, and that the lives of certain individuals – mere mortals and celebrities alike – would be under surveillance 24/7, not by a totalitarian government or an omnipresent leader, but by a society just as dystopian, morbid and hungry for entertainment as the one Orwell dreamt up.
Concepts such as Big Brother, The Real World and Survivor gave rise to the ubiquitous reality-TV show, and few could have predicted the escalation in ratings and the height of extravagance that would define them – factors that bring us rather seamlessly to the topic of our fabulous cover girls this issue.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner could well represent a real-world version of The Truman Show. Respectively only 11 and nine years old when Keeping Up with the Kardashians launched, they didn’t exactly choose to give up their privacy overnight. However, loosely linked to one of the most well-known surnames in the US – no, not Kennedy… Kardashian – seven years ago they found themselves with little choice but to join the family business and welcome its newest member: the cameraman.
Making sense of Kendall and Kylie’s family tree can be pretty complicated, but we’ll give it a bash: Kris Houghton, a flight attendant from San Diego, California, married Robert Kardashian (you know, the infamous lawyer who defended OJ Simpson), and had four children, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé and Rob. Following her divorce from Robert in 1991, Kris married Olympic athlete and businessman Bruce Jenner, who himself had four children from previous marriages, namely Burt, Casey, Brandon and Sam. Kris and Bruce produced another two girls, Kendall and Kylie, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Or is it? It’s hard to forget the sex tape that put Kim Kardashian (Paris Hilton’s ex-BFF) and her then boyfriend Ray J in the spotlight in the first place.These days, it would appear you’re nobody without a good sex tape. Nobody. So, taking advantage of her ‘bad girl’ image and the attention her ample derrière received in the media, in 2007 Kim opened the doors to her home for the pilot season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in which she introduced her family to the world.
Nine seasons later and the focus has shifted to the youngest of the brood: who cares about Kim and Kanye when you could have the scoop on Kendall and Harry Styles, or Kylie and Jaden Smith? The point is that, aside from lamenting the fact that they are victims of pop culture, these girls have learnt how to exploit their commercial potential, laying the foundation for an empire that includes clothing and jewellery lines, as well as aspirations of modelling and acting.
We caught up with the dynamic duo during a photo shoot in Los Angeles, to which they arrived tailed by cameras from E! Entertainment Television – obviously – who
document their every move, from their downtime and the adolescent dramas that play out between them to their parents’ recent divorce. What do we make of all this? Well, we’ll just keep watching, shall we?
MC: First, won’t you tell us about your home in California?
Kendall: We live in a suburban area 30 minutes from the city. It’s kind of a horsey community, very different to Hollywood!
MC: Do you like to ride?
Kendall: Yes! We love it. I’ve been riding since I was 10.We go riding every summer – we love horses.
MC: What’s it like, a day in the life of a teenage celebrity? Kendall: People think our lives are very different, but the truth is we do the same stuff everybody else does.
Kylie: We like to surround ourselves with good friends in order to keep things as normal as possible. But every time we get home we’re hounded by paparazzi, so it’s not entirely normal, but we do try.
MC: What sort of things do you do for fun? Kendall: We love going to Magic Mountain – an entertainment park with roller-coaster rides and other fun games. It can get a little frustrating these days, because we get accosted more, but we almost always enjoy ourselves.
MC: What’s your best childhood memory? Kendall: I’m not sure it’s my best memory, but certainly the clearest one I have is when I cut off all of Kylie’s hair!
Kylie: It was pretty funny. What I remember is that I wouldn’t go anywhere as a kid without Kendall.
Kendall: She was obsessed with me. Kylie: I used to follow her everywhere, we’d sleep in the same bed… if she got up at night, I would too. I wanted to be with her every minute; we even used to coordinate our outfits.
MC: Did you get into trouble together or play pranks on others? Kendall: We do that more now; we can be pretty mean. We’ve locked our parents out of the house in the rain.
Kylie: One Christmas, my brother brought his wife to visit – well, they had only been dating a couple of weeks at that time. It was the first time she was meeting our family. I slammed the door in her face. She must have thought it was such a pleasure to meet me!
MC: You guys are role models for a generation of teenagers, not only in the US, but in all the countries in which Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs. What’s the message you’d like to put out there?
Kylie: We try to be the best role models we can be. Sometimes, we have to take a step back and be thankful for all the opportunities we’ve been given. In some instances, we have the power to bring about change. Every now and then we’ll have a moan about being in the public eye and hounded by the paparazzi, but the reality is that it’s precisely because of this that we have been able to achieve the things we have.
Kendall: I think the most important thing we’ve learnt is that you’re only young once, and so you have to enjoy it while you can.
MC: Do you support any charities or NGOs? Do you do any charity work yourselves?
Kendall: Yes, we frequently support and visit the patients at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Kylie: We also give donations.
MC: What have you learnt from that experience? Kendall: You really learn to be grateful for what you have.An illness such as cancer can come out of nowhere and can affect anyone. It teaches you to live in the moment.
MC: What’s your favourite fairy tale?
Kylie: I’d have to say Alice in Wonderland. Kendall: Sleeping Beauty… I love the part where her dress changes colour and she’s so beautiful. I also love Cinderella.
MC: You’ve been in the public eye since you were kids, but now you’re branching out as businesswomen. Can you tell us a little about your current projects? Kendall: We launched our own clothing line a couple of months ago.We designed everything ourselves and have been very involved in the entire process.
MC: Where do you find your inspiration?
Kylie: In our family, our sisters, our grandmother.We also love trawling Tumblr. My sister’s fiancé, Kanye, is also very inspiring.
MC: So is it just clothing? What about accessories?
Kendall: It’s mainly clothing, but we also have a jewellery line.
MC: Who are the designers you most admire and most like to wear?
Kylie: I like Katie Eary, Alexander Wang, Givenchy and Pyrex – I believe they’ve managed to transform casual clothes into high fashion.
Kendall: Acne and Mason.
MC: Kendall, in addition to designing, we know you have aspirations to become a model. What made you decide to explore that?
Kendall: I’ve always enjoyed watching supermodels, and I kind of wanted to be one because I admire them so much. Even when I was little, I would pore over my mom’s magazines… I always thought models were so beautiful and elegant and cool.
MC: Who is your favourite model? Kendall: I love Gisele Bündchen, Miranda Kerr and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
MC: And what would be your dream campaign? Kendall: Probably Chanel, Burberry and Ralph Lauren – I’d love to work with any of them.
MC: On the other hand, Kylie, you’re drawn to acting, right?
Kylie: For now, I’m focused on designing, and I think I’d like to study further when I’m 18. But I can’t deny that acting has a certain allure! I’d probably regret it forever if I didn’t at least try it.
MC: Have you taken part in any theatre productions?
Kylie: Yes, I always took part in the school play and in events that our community put on.
MC: Which was your favourite role? Kylie: I was the lead in The Princess and the Pea.
MC: Would you like to work as a designer at a major fashion house?
Kylie: I would – probably for Givenchy, but I’d also be happy designing graphic T-shirts for Pyrex!
MC: The ninth season of your show has just begun. Do you think you’re going to miss the dynamic when it’s all over?
Kylie: It’s going to be very strange when we’re no longer in front of the camera, because that’s been our life since we were kids. I can’t really imagine what it will be like… it would definitely be closing a chapter.
MC: Describe yourself in a few words.
Kylie: My sense of humour can be pretty dramatic… some people think I’m serious, but I’m actually being sarcastic [much] of the time. I think I can be fairly eccentric, but I’m also accessible and laid-back.
Kendall: I’m completely the opposite, much more reserved. But I’m also independent, and I’m certainly no social butterfly like Kylie.
MC: Is there anything you can’t live without… an object or item that you can’t leave the house without?
Kylie: I couldn’t live without my jewellery. I have these five earrings that I never take off; they’re like part of my body now. Kendall: My phone. I don’t really carry a bag most days; I can leave the house without one. Maybe shoes… I couldn’t leave without shoes.
MC: What’s your best beauty secret? Kendall: I use eye cream. My sister said I should start now, to prevent wrinkles. I wash my face morning and night, and I lather on sunscreen.
Kylie: I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I love make-up and I use hair extensions.
MC: Many people turn to cosmetic surgery to maintain their look or improve it. Is there anything you would consider doing in the future?
Kendall: I don’t really know what I’ll feel like after having kids or what I might consider when I’m older.
MC: What is your favourite make-up brand? And favourite products?
Kendall: I love Giorgio Armani foundation and Lancôme mascara. Those are my top products.
Kylie: I use the entire Cover FX line, and L’Oréal liquid liner, which is inexpensive.You can find it at most department stores.
MC: We know you love music.Who are your favourite artists or bands?
Kendall: I love different artists, but if I hear a good song, I don’t care who sings it. If I had to pick someone, maybe Rihanna, Drake and Beyoncé. Kylie: Kanye West.
MC: Who is your role model?
Kylie: My family. They work really hard, and they’re good to others.They also know how to appreciate what they’ve got.
MC: What did you think of your photo session with Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America? Kendall: It was incredible! It was a new experience for Kylie, which was so cool, because it shows her in a different light.
Kendall and Kylie in Tory Burch
Clockwise from top Kendall (left) and Kylie at the 2014 launch of their collection for Madden Girl; with dad Bruce and mom Kris, 2003; Kendall
on the Chanel A/W ’14 catwalk; (from left) Kendall
with half-sisters Khloé and Kourtney
Kardashian, and sister Kylie. Opposite from left
Kim Kardashian, Mario Testino and Kendall, New York,
2013; Kendall at the Topshop Unique A/W ’14 show with
Anna Wintour, Sir Philip Green and Kate Moss.