Kardashians Take Over Redbook
The Ruven Afanador shoot—which also includes Kardashian half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Kourtney’s son Mason—features the raven-haired reality stars striking a variety of fun poses, including playing tug-of-war and planting bright red kisses on Kris. It took 32 people to photograph the seven family members, including makeup artists, manicurists, and set decorators, and the women selected their wardrobe from among four racks of white dresses and 30 pairs of shoes.
Still, despite all the glitz and glamour, the Kardashians insist their lives are quite normal. “We are a real family. We don’t sugarcoat anything,” says Khloe. “We’re not the Brady Bunch, but we always put each other first. We love each other on camera, we cry on camera. I think people relate to the realness of it.”
Realness is an issue that is particularly important to Kim, whose near-perfect appearance has led some to speculate that she’s gone under the knife. “It’s so ridiculous that they think I’m having all this surgery,” the clothing designer/Gold fragrance maven tells Redbook. “When you do that, there are bruises and recovery time, and I am out and about every single day.”
For her part, Khloe admits that she sometimes struggles with body issues but is finally starting to feel comfortable in her own skin. “I’m not perfect. Just because I’m on TV, people think that I have 24/7 access to trainers and nutritionists. Oftentimes I don’t have the time or want to spend the money to do all that,” she says. “I’ve learned that if I go to the gym and eat appropriately, I’m fine. I don’t need to fit into a mold.”
Photo courtesy of Redbook
All in the family: The Kardashians/Jenners coordinate for Redbook's May issue.
Not surprisingly, Kris couldn’t be more proud of her daughters and even defends them against those who claim they became famous for nothing.
“It’s annoying when I hear, ’What do your girls do?’ Well, first of all, all of my daughters have jobs. They are fashion stylists and designers; they own a chain of stores. They had the stores before they had the show,” she says of the Dash boutique owners, who will also launch the Kardashian Kollection at Sears in August.
“And my kids worked from the time they were 13 years old. So to me, that’s a huge misconception—that the girls don’t work. They work 25 hours a day. And that they don’t have any talent? They might not be singers or dancers, but they certainly know how to produce a television show. Whether you want to call it talent or not, they have multiple shows on the air. [I want to say,] How many shows do you have?”
Oh, snap! Well played, Mama Bear. Well played!