The Hollywood Reporter: In 2007, an L.A. family’s unvarnished docuseries launched on E!, and reality television, female body image, social media and, above all, the economy of celebrity were forever changed. Now the stars and producers of the megafranchise (nine TV spinoffs, hundreds of millions of dollars earned) reveal the secrets of its improbable explosion into the zeitgeist.
Wearing curve-hugging black workout pants and a white tank top, Kim Kardashian perches on a couch in the media room of her newly renovated Bel Air estate and sips Pedialyte through a straw. The makeup-free 36-year-old appears almost normal — certainly not like a mogul who, according to Forbes, banked $45.5 million the past year from a brand she built on self-aggrandizement, shameless product peddling and nude selfies. At the epicenter of this unprecedented trajectory remains E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, a living record of her happily debauched family — Kourtney, 38; Khloe, 33; Rob, 30; Kendall, 21; and Kylie, 20; as well as matriarch Kris, 61, and her ex Caitlyn Jenner, 67 (who in 2015 transitioned from Bruce). On Sept. 24, a 90-minute special will celebrate the series’ 10th unapologetic year. It’s a head-scratching milestone for a show that, at its conception, offered viewers little more than a voyeuristic lens into the lives of a celebrity-adjacent family — but quickly became the mother ship for all their product extensions and the platform through which Kris and her five daughters ushered in the era of the reality celebrity as a brand…read more.
Why 19-year-old Kylie Jenner is one of the Most Creative People in Business 2017.
“I’m always thinking about what I want, and what I think people want,” says makeup mogul Kylie Jenner.
Seconds after Kylie Jenner launched her first three lines of lipstick, on November 30, 2015, all three sold out online. Less than two years later, Kylie Cosmetics is a full-service, direct-to-consumer beauty brand, with offerings that include its signature lip kits (lipstick and liner) plus eye shadows, blushes, and tools. The 19-year-old Jenner, famous for her own perfectly plump pout, continues to draw upwards of 10 million people to her Snapchat makeup tutorials and has led the brand to a reported $400 million in revenue since its launch. That’s why Jenner is No. 57 on our list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2017.
Kylie Jenner has decided to go topless. “I want to try something new,” she says, eight hours into her photo shoot on a balmy Monday evening in L.A. Jenner is wearing round nipple pasties, a pair of pink, latex evening gloves and matching high-waisted panties that barely cover her butt. In front of her is a full-length mirror strategically stationed so she can perfect her angles. Jenner is constantly watched by millions of people on Instagram, Snapchat, reality TV, and every other media platform you can name—and right now she can’t help but watch herself either….read more
A couple of weeks ago, one of the world’s most famous teenagers shared a mirror selfie with her 50 million Instagram followers.“I look like Kylie Jenner tonight,” read the caption. The picture — a jaunty angled and heavily-filtered snapshot of luxurious narcissism — gained a cool 1.3 million likes and over 18,000 comments. Only the young woman in the photo is Kylie Jenner, the 18-year-old reality TV star and burgeoning businesswoman, sister of supermodel Kendall, daughter of Kris and Caitlyn, half-sister to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian — AKA America’s Royal Family. “I’m not the Kylie Jenner on Instagram,” she says when we meet in the reception room of her new home (reported cost, $2.7m), sequestered away in the Truman Show-esque unreality that characterises this particular part of Calabasas. “I’m not Kylie Jenner. That’s my alter-ego,” she says, surrounded by framed pictures of her various magazine covers. So who are you, I ask? “I’m Kylie.”…read more