6 Things We Learned from Kim's First Lady Cover Story in Interview

“You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don’t work hard”

Laura Hensley
Star Kim Kardashian West posing with daughter North West on the cover of Interview Magazine
(Photo: Steven Klein)

Move over Melania—there’s a new First Lady in town.

On the cover of the September issue of Interview Magazine, Kim Kardashian West—dressed like Jackie Kennedy Onassis—and daughter North West pose alongside the headline, “America’s New First Lady.” The already buzzed-about interview published Monday begins by stating: “If anyone can be said to embody the American Dream, it’s Kim Kardashian West.” Talk about a political statement.

Shot by renowned photographer Steven Klein and interviewed by writer Janet Mock, the 36-year-old reality star turned business mogul opens up about her life in the spotlight, her family and raising biracial children. Four-year-old North gets a chance to share her insights, too, as her first interview is also featured in the issue.

Mock, who also recently interviewed Kris Jenner for her podcast Never Before, is not shy about why the Kardashian fam is worthy of First Family status, writing, “A decade into Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the show has evolved from covering Brady Bunch antics and innocuous drama to serving as a rooted-in-real-life mirror to what the American family looks like today, bringing up topics such as race, gender, and, more recently, trans identity.” 

While we’re not sure how we feel about the Kardashian Wests taking over the White House, here’s six things we learned from the star’s candid interview.

When controversies arise around the famous fam, Kim is often the first to take action

“It’s usually me starting a group chat. I’m really aware of what’s going on,” Kardashian West told Interview. “If there’s something being said about one of my sisters, I’ll be the first to jump in a group. We have family chats that happen all day, every day… I’ll be the first to jump in and say, ‘Guys, I’m seeing this. This is not cool. Tell me what’s going on.'”

“I’m usually the ringleader for stuff like that, and I’ll say, ‘You’re wrong. You need to apologize.’ Or, ‘This needs to be fixed.’ …We don’t do everything perfectly, but there really are so many lies, so many rumours.”

Kim wants people to acknowledge her success—even if they don’t think she’s talented

“I used to say, ‘I love being underestimated.’ But now when I hear, ‘They’re so not talented,’—ten years into it—I’m kind of like, ‘Okay, give a girl a little respect,'” she said.

“If I’m so not talented, if I do nothing, then how is my career my reality?… When I was on the cover of Forbes I posted the hashtag #NotBadForAGirlWithNoTalent. I don’t mind being underestimated because it does fuel me. But after a while, I do feel like, ‘C’mon, you can recognize a little bit.'”

There’s things you’ll never see on KUWTK…

“Our approach to the show is to film everything and then scale back later,” Kardashian West told the outlet. “That said, we all have boundaries: I don’t really talk about things that are going on with my husband. If I do, it’s from my point of view. It’s my story.”

… And what you do see is intentional 

“It’s very rare that we take out real content,” the star explained. “We’ll say, ‘I don’t like the way that I look here. Just tweak that,’ or, ‘We were talking about that, but this is more impactful.’ By the time the episodes air, it’s already been thrown in and out of the press so much that it’s really good to share things, even when you think at the time, ‘Oh, I’ll never share that.'”

Kim is conscious of raising “a mixed Black girl” in the world

“Kanye always has his family around and people who look like my daughter—that’s important to me,” she says. “She’s obsessed with her curly hair, and if she finds someone who has the same hair, she runs to them and is like, ‘You have curly hair like me?’ And we get to talk about it. We also talk about it with my niece Penelope, because she and North look really different, but they’re best friends and they’re together all the time.”

Kim says she still appreciates her career and works hard for it 

“I would look in a magazine—there was this page in Us Weekly that I remember vividly. It’s just a spread, and it has one person and all the fashion moments that they love. I remember looking at it, being like, ‘It would be my dream to be this person.'” she said. “I was so excited when I got it. I still don’t take anything for granted. I am genuinely still so excited about my career.”

“You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don’t work hard. I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t act. But I am not lazy.”

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