See Kim Kardashian West Recreated As ‘America’s New First Lady’

Kim Kardashian by Steven Klein for Interview Magazine
Kim Kardashian by Steven Klein for Interview Magazine

Well, for Interview magazine, anyway. Kim Kardashian West has been reimagined as the iconic former FLOTUS Jackie O in a shoot with Steven Klein.

The 36-year-old reality TV star has been coiffured within an inch of her life with a voluminous bob, high-necked shift dresses, pearls and long, white gloves. Daughter North, four, plays her own cherubic role in a series of cute collared dresses and hair buns.

“For this shoot I wanted to capture feminine beauty as an expression of empowerment and self-respect,” Klein said. “Also, to highlight Kim in a chic manner that is retrospective of a time and yet modern. As a model, Kim is a chameleon. She can easily change accordingly to the set intention and with little effort. It is her gift: her innate relationship to the camera.”

The interview itself was conducted by TV host and trans-rights activist Janet Mock. In it, Kim largely speaks of her boredom with the widely held idea that the Kardashian sisters are untalented.

“I used to say, ‘I love being underestimated,’” she said. “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.’

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“If I’m so not talented, if I do nothing, then how is my career my reality? And I poke fun at it, like 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.’”

She also touched on racial issues, such as raising daughter North West as a “mixed black girl”.

“I’m very conscious of it,” she continued.

“Kanye always has his family around and people who look like my daughter – that’s important to me. 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.”

North also got her own time on the record, becoming one of Interview’s youngest ever stars to be profiled. In true West style, she dropped an absolute bomb when she revealed her favourite food is “just Cheese! Cheese, cheese – everywhere cheese.”

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Read the full interview here.

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