Kim and Kanye
Harper's Bazaar Malaysia|September 2016

In Bed With Kim and Kanye ...and Lara, Natasha and Lindsey

Carine Roitfeld & Karl Lagerfeld

Love them or loathe them, there’s no denying that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a global cultural phenomenon. Their willingness to strip themselves bare – often literally – and to play out their lives on screen and social media to their audience of 75 million followers has built them an empire. Yet do they reveal their true selves, or hide behind a glossy, carefully managed façade? LAUR A BROWN goes in search of the real Kim and Kanye.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s house sits atop a steep driveway in a gated community in Los Angeles’ Bel Air. West, on the phone, is pacing in front of the house, occasionally obscured by a column or a shiny silver sports car. He waves me in and apologises for his work-out gear: Miami Heat shorts and a black T-shirt.

This is not really their house, though. This is a stage home where the family – Kanye, Kim and their children, three-year-old North and Saint, who is nine months – are camping (a term used loosely: the place is majestically minimal) for the next few weeks until their new house is finally ready. Prior to this, they had spent over a year at the Calabasas home of Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner.

Kim click-clacks in wearing a tight long khaki Lycra dress – ‘A Yeezy sample’ – and full, precise make-up. Kanye perches on a coffee table between two gigantic white couches. On the table are some art books: Annie Leibovitz, the architect Alvaro Siza, but also, oddly, one titled Great Stud-Farms of the World. ‘Huh?’ Kanye says when I asked if, for any reason, he’s into studfarms. ‘What’s this? Nah, that’s not our book. That’s for staging.’

And when it comes to staging, Kim and Kanye know a thing or two…

Laura Brown: Kanye, your favourite body part. Of your own, or of Kim’s.

Kanye West: My favourite body part of Kim’s: heart.

Kim KardashianAwww, now I have to say the same. But, I would probably say, of my own, I like my upper stomach. I just seem to always have abs. When I’m not pregnant, I have a great two-pack. [Laughs.] And of Kanye’s? I have to say his heart. And I’ve always loved his legs.

LB: Favourite song of all time?

KW: ‘All Along the Watchtower.’ The Jimi Hendrix cover.

KK: I really like the song ‘Only One’ [West with Paul McCartney].

LB: Favourite Taylor Swift song?

KW: For me? I don’t have one.

KK: I was such a fan of hers.

LB: Favourite book?

KK: Embraced by the Light. It’s about a woman who passed away during surgery and she went to heaven, had her experience and then came back. My dad [Robert Kardashian] would try to get me to read it, and I wouldn’t. Then, when he passed away, I was cleaning out my room in his house and I found it. I read it and it helped me. I felt like my dad was OK.

KW: Yeah, I don’t have an answer for that.

KK: What about your mom’s book or your book?

KW: Yeah, but that’s like, you know…

KK: Too self-promotional?

KW: Yeah, too promotional.

LB: Historical figure you identify with?

KK: This one is hard.

KW: Muhammad Ali, Marilyn Monroe… Next question.

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