The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters proves that she’s the one with the wilder side.
It’s really quite hard to imagine being Kylie Jenner. Imagine being youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters, to begin with (she’s 17). Replete with your own role to play on their TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Then imagine having 15 million Instagram followers, thousands of whom take the time to comment ‘her lips are outta control here!’ on your every post. Yes, everyone wants to know about your lips, because they’re looking suspiciously plump. Is it filler, or is it judiciously applied lip liner? And the Daily Mail is also reporting that you’re becoming a rapper courtesy of your alleged boyfriend, Tyga. Which you have to remember how to pronounce – is it like tiger, or is it like Tigger? Hopefully not the latter. Then imagine having to ponder all this while still in school, promoting your myriad business ventures and having a scalpful of your own-brand Kylie Hair Kouture by Bellami hair extensions. The mind boggles.
Fortunately, none of this seems to bother Kylie, who’s got the natural media poise that seems inherent in the dynasty. ‘I just ignore it because I’m, like, people will eventually find out that I’m not going to be a rapper. I don’t know. People make up a lot of stuff.’ It’s easy to imagine the pitfalls of having Kim, Kourtney, Khloé and Kendall as one’s elders, but the flipside would be four admittedly rather fierce ladies who have already been there, done that, and have the gossip rag scars to prove it. ‘Being the youngest, I learned from all their mistakes, and I’ve grown up from it. I don’t know, I’ve looked at their life experiences. Especially Kendall, she’s like a year and a half older then me. She like moved out, and I’m like, “Oh, actually I really don’t want to live there.” But I feel like she does everything before me, and I’m always learning from their decisions.’
You also get the impression, both from watching them grow up on the show and talking to Kylie, that they’ve very much got each others’ backs. ‘Growing up, I was closest to Kendall and Khloé, probably.... I’m probably most similar to Khloé and Rob, we’re like super similar, and Kourtney, Kim and Kendall are super similar.’ This comes across both on the show and on Kylie’s Instagram, which regularly features Khloé, possibly the most anarchic yet motherly member of the clan. ‘They’re all super serious, and I feel like me and Rob and Khloe are... sillier.’
Despite professing herself to be silly, Kylie is more circumspect when talking about public perception of her and her sisters. ‘I feel like when you’re so young and you’ve been given so much, you can either go one way or the other. You realise that’s not what life’s all about, or you can turn into a brat and want more.’ This is a girl who, with access to all the world’s clothes, is still spotted wearing Zara, although admittedly while driving her ‘pimped out’ car. ‘Having sisters so much older, when we were younger and got something they’d snap us out of it. I think we’ve realised we’ve been given a lot, and that’s not what life is about. I think we try to find happiness in other things.’ While probably not the ‘other things’ she’s talking about, one of her great pleasures we can envy is nicking stuff out of Kim’s closet, which Kylie shares a home with (along with Kim the actual person). She’s allowed to borrow clothes from said closet, ‘but I usually just steal them, and she gets mad all the time. She’ll let me borrow or whatever, but I always forget to tell her and she’s never home!’
Kylie can’t remember that time before Keeping Up with the Kardashians when they were just like any other family, admittedly with the Olympian father and Momager-to-be Kris. ‘I was like nine when it started, so I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t like followed or people didn’t know my name, which is so crazy to think about.’ Kylie is mistress of dramatic understatement. ‘I like being on the show. I think it’s fun and we can like relate to a lot of families. It’s cool for people to see our story.’
She has a point. Millions of teenage girls (in fact, millions of people of all ages) relate to her Instagram posts, which aren’t much different to their own – experimenting with make-up, buying a first car (which she paid for, FYI), hugging your sisters and declaring undying love. Kylie just happens to be world-conqueringly famous and rich. And also stylish, something which has come into play only quite recently, with her constantly changing look. It’s evident she’s carving an identity separate from the clan. ‘I feel like I’m young, and I’m rocker punk one month and ghetto fab the next.’ (Maybe it was her youthful capriciousness that led her to cancel this interview twice and not turn up to shoot her video for LOVE’s Advent calendar last December.) ‘I just like to change it up.’ The hair, and now the branded extensions, are part of this. ‘I started about a year ago and from there I did every colour and everything. I like changing my style up, and it’s so easy. Now I’m back to teal for my hair launch, so I have my own hair extension line with all different colours.’ Back to the universal experience – Kylie’s living every mother’s nightmare, bleaching her hair every shade under the sun and dressing ‘ghetto fab’.
‘To be honest, in the beginning they [the family] didn’t like it, they thought it was like crazy when I dyed my hair blue. When I cut off my hair. And then when I dyed my hair black or whatever, they came to me and were like, “We miss the blue hair, this is crazy” and I was like, “I miss it too!” So now I feel like they appreciate that I’m the one that’s wild with my style.’