Kim Kardashian covers the new issue of Rolling Stone. The cover is… ample. If you couldn’t figure out, the photoshoot was done by Terry Richardson. Gross. The Kardashians have a difficult relationship with Rolling Stone – RS once published a massive slam-piece and everyone laughed, but as with so many Kardashian-related things, the Kardashians always get the last laugh. This RS cover profile of Kim is actually… nice. She talks about a lot of different stuff. Some highlights:
Whether she’s a role model: “In a certain way, I would never say I think I’m a role model or anything like that, but you know I live my life the way that I live it and I just try to be a good person. And I don’t try to look to be a role model for people. I think it’s a lot of pressure. If they think of me that way I’m so honored and so appreciative and I do what I can to be one, I guess.”
She once dated Michael Jackson’s nephew, TJ. At the time, her dad, Robert Kardashian, “explained to me that he’s had a lot of interracial friends, and it might not be the easiest relationship. He said I should prepare myself for people to say things to me. . . . When I was in high school, I’d get magazines and see interracial couples and think, ‘They are so cute.’ I’ve always been attracted to a certain kind of look.”
Her secret marriage to Damon Thomas at age 20. “I was very happy at home learning how to cook and clean and keep a house. I knew that was where I wanted to end up.”
Finding Bruce Jenner cross-dressing when she was in her 20s: “I was shaking. I didn’t know if I’d just found out his deepest, darkest secret, and he was going to come after me.”
Before she married Kanye, they talked about Bruce: “I wasn’t sure if Bruce was going to be comfortable walking me down the aisle. He had just had his trachea shaved, so I knew something was going on.” She was afraid of what West might think, but West calmed her concerns. “[Kanye] obviously moves to his own drum. He lives his life the way he wants, a really authentic life, and he was like, ‘If you can’t be authentic and you can’t live your life, what do you have?’ ”
Living with her dad during the OJ Simpson trial: “It was surreal, with Johnnie Cochran and Robert Shapiro and all these guys having meetings at my dad’s house… I definitely took my dad’s side. We just always thought my dad was the smartest person in the world, and he really believed in his friend… It’s weird. I just try not to think about it.”
She self-identifies as a feminist: “I’ve never really been one on labels, and I don’t like to push my view. If I feel something, it’s how I feel. I never say, ‘I feel this way, so you should feel that way.’ Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I just am who I am. But, yeah. I think you would call me a feminist.”
She’s never flashed her biscuit for the paparazzi: “I rarely wear underwear, but that never happened to me. I was never drinking. . . . I think that saved me a lot.”
What she thinks about her sex tape now: “I don’t really think about it. I thought about it for a long time. But when I get over something, I get over it.”
On The Sock One: “It’s not that mysterious, what’s happening with Rob. He has gained weight. He feels uncomfortable being on the show, and that’s OK. Do I think he smokes weed, drinks beer, hangs out and plays video games with his friends all day long? Yes.”
I kind of enjoy how Kim is the tough-love sister about Rob. Khloe is the one who will smother Rob with love and Kourtney is too self-absorbed to care. But Kim is the only one saying to Rob, “Tough sh-t, get over it.” I also didn’t know that Kim was living with her dad during the OJ Simpson trial – she also says that OJ moved in with her dad briefly and he stayed in Khloe’s bedroom (when Khloe wasn’t living there, obviously). Isn’t that… weird to think about?
Her feminism answer bugs me because she’s trying so hard to not alienate the people who “hate” feminism. She could have just owned it and said, yeah, I’m a feminist. Big deal.
Photos courtesy of Terry Richardson/Rolling Stone.