Kim Kardashian covers Elle: ‘My kids just aren’t that loud. My dog’s even quiet’

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Kim Kardashian covers the April issue of ELLE (America) in what Elle describes as “the first-ever personalized magazine cover of its kind featuring Kim Kardashian West for the April issue. Fifty thousand ELLE subscribers will receive a copy of the magazine with a special personal cover a note from Kim made out to the subscriber.” Sure! The photos are fine – they’re not really about the clothes, because Kim’s editorials rarely are. You can see the full editorial and interview here at ELLE. Some highlights from the interview:

Her house is shockingly quiet: “Everyone says that! My kids just aren’t that loud. My daughter has a friend over; they’re in the playroom. But they’re outdoorsy. My dog’s even quiet; it’s the craziest thing.”

Her home is very organized: “My life is chaotic, so my home is supersimple. Everything has to be clean. No clutter. I can’t have a full phone. At the end of the day, I delete everything that’s not a current conversation. If I need some information, then I keep it. If not, it has to be deleted. I can’t see too much noise. If Kanye had a dream project it would be to make a Yeezy product line—like deodorant, every product you could imagine. He would redo them all; he hates how they look.”

She’s super-organized: “If things aren’t organized, I flip out. My kids’ clothes have their name ironed into them on little labels. I know where everything is, and I. Do. Not. Lose. Things.”

Saint’s birth: “After giving birth, your placenta is supposed to come out. But mine was stuck. That’s what women usually die from in childbirth—you hemorrhage and bleed to death and they can’t stop it. To get it out—it’s so disgusting—the doctor had to stick his whole arm in me and scrape it off. It was the most painful.”

Having a baby via gestational carrier: Kim only had a few requests: that the baby be born in L.A., “where all my babies were delivered, and for her to use my doctor. She was totally comfortable with that.” Kim also preferred that the carrier eat as organically as possible, “which is just how she eats, so it was a good match for us.” But she wasn’t tyrannical about it. “I straight-up told her, ‘Look, I ate doughnuts every single day. If you want doughnuts and ice cream, go for it. Do whatever you feel. I’m not going to be picky like that. That’s just ridiculous.’” The two attended doctor’s appointments together and kept in close touch. “I hated being pregnant. But as much as I hated it, I still wished I could have done it on my own. The control is hard at the beginning. Once you let that go, it’s the best experience. I would recommend surrogacy for anybody.”

Her marriage is fine: “He’s taught me to have more of an opinion. I’ve taught him to be a bit more calm or cautious. We’re a good balance.”

The “Bo Derek” braid controversy: “I’m not worried, because I love Bo Derek. It’s a reference. If you genuinely love something, then it’s what you should do. It’s appreciation. It’s one thing when people mock something and are negative. I’m clearly not being negative. Images mean a lot to me. I spend a lot of time on them.”

She’s self-made: “I was never one of those people who were handed everything from their parents. Even when I worked in my dad’s office, I was doing side eBay jobs on my lunch break. I lived a really great life growing up, but we were taught that if we wanted to keep that up, we had to work. At the end of the day, if someone offered me business or fame, I’d take the business side.”

On caring less about what people think of her:
“At the beginning, I looked at people’s opinions. Now I’m content in my life, and I don’t care. The Things that make me happy now are different. But I swear you have to be born for this. It’s not for everyone. I know I can handle it.”

On why four children would be her maximum: “I don’t think I could handle more than that. My time is spread really thin. And I think it’s important that in all couples, the mom give the husband as much attention as the kids.”

[From Elle]

I swear, the thing that struck me was the opening, which is that her house is incredibly quiet even though she has two small kids and an army of nannies, chefs, assistants, whatever. That’s the dream for me: if I could be guaranteed a quiet house even with people and children around, I would take it. What else? I believe her about how organized she is. I believe her about Saint’s birth. I don’t believe her about the Bo Derek braids.

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Photos courtesy of Boo George for ELLE.
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