"Reality star" just doesn't cut it anymore. On the eve of her trip to Australia, InStyle meets Kim Kardashian: The body, the bride, the business.
To await Kim Kardashian's arrival is to anticipate a rush of television cameras, sound technicians, lighting crew, any one of her five siblings, "mom-ager" Kris Jenner, a publicist, an agent, or both, surely a pack of paparazzi, probably a few fans—we're guessing upwards of 15 people, on a quiet day. So to see her step quietly into a photo studio, devoid of all that Kommotion, is a little disarming. But, then, Kim Kardashian and expectation haven't always seen eye-to-eye. When Keeping Up with the Kardashians first aired in 2007, most dismissed it as a reality show about that girl who hung out with Paris Hilton. Few imagined what it would give way to: six no-holds-barred seasons and counting, three spin-off series, exercise DVDs, a string of fashion boutiques in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, clothing, jewellery and handbag collections, fragrances, books, nearly 10 million Twitter followers, and much more. Keeping Up proved a bounty—built on Kim's booty—delivering fame and fortune not only to Kim, but her extensive clan as well, particularly older sister Kourtney, 32, and younger sister Khloé, 27. "We can't even believe it half the time, [that] this all happened," says Kim, reflecting on the ever-growing family empire. "But at the end of the day, the business side of it is what I've always been interested in."
Of course, it's the minutiae of Kim's life that holds the interest of others. Whether it's Kim losing a $75,000 earring in the ocean, discovering she has psoriasis, or getting that butt X-rayed to prove it's all hers, it makes news. But no Kardashian moment has dominated the headlines quite like Kim's August wedding to 26-year-old professional basketball player, Kris Humphries (it's set to air on the E! channel over two consecutive nights, starting October 11). Now, as Kim, 31, prepares for a trip to Australia this month, she opens up on life as a wife, those pregnancy rumours, and when she'll turn the cameras off.
So, should I be calling you Mrs Humphries now? "You can call me whatever you like. [But that] feels good. I'm not really used to it yet."
You've lived the past few years in front of the camera, but a wedding is a very personal moment. Did you or Kris ever have any reticence when it came to filming it? "That was a really big discussion. We took weeks to decide if we were going to film it or not, but I felt like my fans—everyone that has gone on this journey with me, seeing different relationships that I've been in—would feel cheated if I didn't film it. It was something that Kris and I were okay with, and the beauty of it is we get to edit it. It [will be] great to look back at that and see this time in our lives."
Did you get a chance to see all your guests at the wedding? "As crazy as it looked, it still felt intimate. There were a few people that I wish I got to spend more time with, but we definitely made time to see everyone. And I think that's important, to still have that intimate feeling."
You have a hectic schedule, as does your husband. What's your plan for making time for the relationship? "It's tricky. We're together now, and wherever he signs his next contract, I'll be there with him. We're going to have a rule that we don't let too much time go by with work commitments, that we don't see each other. We'll just make it work."
So, how did you know Kris was The One? "There was just this calm feeling; I trusted him a hundred per cent. And I think that is really rare. I have a lot of fun with him. It's a feeling that's different to what I had felt before."
Pick up the latest issue of InStyle, on newsstands Monday October 10, to read our full interview with Kim and see our photo shoot with the Hollywood star in LA.
Also, we're having a Twitter party on Tuesday on October 11 at 8:30pm, to watch the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries on E!
Have a glass of champagne ready, your Twitter account open and follow us LIVE as our style experts— Fashion Director Katherine Green and Beauty Editor Eleanor Pendleton— Tweet up-to-the-minute fashion and beauty commentary.