It’s hard-out at 6.30pm. That’s the non-negotiable rule on set for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s September cover shoot with Kim Kardashian West. “My nanny leaves at 7pm, so…” Kim states politely but firmly.
Transformed into a modern day vision of her “number one style icon” and fellow Armenian, Cher; dressed in vintage Bob Mackie, complete with white eyeliner, graphic lower lashes and flowing locks that kiss the top of what must be the most famous butt in the world, it’s easy to forget that behind the glam there is a 36-year-old mother-of-two who just wants to get home to put her kids to bed. And then collapse in front of trash TV. “I think people would be really surprised at how normal our home life is,” Kim smiles. “At the end of the night when the kids go to bed, and before my husband gets home from work, I just love to lay in bed in my robe and watch TV, like Dateline or Family Feud.”
In person, Kim exudes a quiet strength, a far cry from the frenetic mania that has powered Keeping Up With The Kardashians through 10 years of ratings-topping seasons. It’s not an excess of energy nor aggressive ambition that gets her up every morning, constantly pushing her multi-million dollar empire, but an inner steel tempered with a coating of vulnerability. Forbes puts her yearly takings in the year to June at $45.5 million, a figure only set to escalate as she brings more of her branded products, previously farmed out under license, under her own control. “Sometimes people can get lazy,” Kim says of her unrelenting drive during the last decade of building brand Kardashian, “but this is the time where I feel like I’ve never worked harder.”
In no small part this is down to her children – North, four, and Saint, who turns two in December – with Kanye West. “When you have kids it keeps you motivated,” Kim tells Bazaar. “I want to have something on my own. I feel good when I get up and go to work and am busy all day. That makes me happy. If I just, like, retire I would definitely be more of a stay at home mom, but I want my kids to have a really strong work ethic and see how motivated mom and dad really are.”
You don’t get to be one of the most famous women in the world by being happy-go-lucky, after all. “Life scares me. Just thinking of all the things that can go wrong,” Kim shudders, revealing a sensitivity that is a far cry from her bombastic on-screen persona. “When you’re a mom you turn into this maniac that just thinks anything and everything can go wrong.”
For the most part, such vulnerability is suppressed. Scroll through Kim’s Instagram and Twitter feeds and you’re in the presence of someone for whom confidence does not appear to be in short supply. Not even motherhood stymied the star’s sexy persona, for which she is unapologetic.
“At the end of the day I still have to be me. If doing sexy shoots makes me feel confident, then I’m okay with it. That might not be appropriate for some people, and there’s a time and a place. There’s certain things I’ll show my kids and certain things I won’t show my kids. But generally I am okay with it. In moderation.”
Read the full interview here!