Kourtney Kardashian’s Bambi-brown eyes are wide with consternation. Her PR is looking visibly pained. I am blushing heavily. It’s not a great start. I have just brought up the subject of Kourtney’s nude portrait – you know, the one published last year? But she has no idea what I am talking about. ‘That wasn’t me; I wasn’t ever photographed naked in Vanity Fair. You must be thinking of one of my sisters,’ she gently protests, politely taken aback by my blunder. Meanwhile, the PR is hastily Googling to check whether I really mean Kim or Khloé or Kendall or Kylie, or even family matriarch and mum/manager Kris.
The PR eventually downloads the artistically lit, intimate image of a woman lying on her side. Her bare back is towards the camera. ‘Oh, you’re right, I recognise that butt. It is me!’ Kourtney laughs. ‘I actually love that picture, but I do so many things that it’s hard to keep track…’ That, in a nutshell, is life on Planet Kardashian. Surreal. Astonishing. And so rich with extraordinary incidents that a nude portrait in Vanity Fair can easily get forgotten.
We are meeting today to talk about her new role as ambassador for Manuka Doctor skincare, a range that contains that most ancient of modern rediscoveries, manuka honey, a substance renowned for its healing properties – more of which later. But first, an introduction to Kourtney, who, aged 37, is the eldest of the Kardashian ‘klan’, and the most petite. A five-foot-nothing, long-lashed beauty who swears on-screen and tweets Bible verses, she has three super-cute children: Mason, six, Penelope, four, and Reign, 20 months. If you look online you can quite literally see footage of her giving birth to her first two – the normally intimate experience was broadcast on the family’s reality TV show,Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
‘At the outset we didn’t intend to show the footage to anyone but it was just so beautiful we felt we had to share it,’ says Kourtney. ‘It’s not like the movies. It doesn’t have to be this crazy experience of screaming and yelling.’ It is quite touching and natural, and well worth a look, as it happens, but I am keenly aware, dear reader, that I’m wandering off topic.
Of course, what you really want to know about (don’t fib) is the ‘bottom’ line. Let’s just say Kourtney possesses the sort of perky derrière that – while it may never break the internet as her bootilicious sister Kim once famously tried to do – is gym-toned and diet-honed to the point of pert perfection.
She credits much of her glow to manuka honey. ‘I’ve been using it for years,’ she says. ‘I drink it in my shake in the morning, I give it to my children and our TV production crew eats it by the spoonful because it has antibacterial properties. The Manuka Doctor skincare range is amazing because it contains so many other natural ingredients that are easily absorbed and make my skin supple and hydrated without feeling greasy.’