Kim Kardashian has changed a lot in the last decade. She sat down with New York Magazine to discuss how she went from posting sexy bikini pics to molding national policies on prison reform.
Kardashian explains: "Another way that I measure my time line, which is really ridiculous to a lot of people, but it's my reality, is my glam periods. In the beginning of the decade, I was always wearing Louboutin heels. It was always about big, wavy hair, parted down the middle. We were doing everything as sisters at that point. The trio of Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe. Always leopard dresses and skintight Hervé Léger, shopping at Intermix. And then I began kind of elevating from that. I didn't know who Carine Roitfeld was."
It took now-husband Kanye West, whom she connected with in 2012/2013, to really elevate her game, she says.
ON HER BUSINESS
Kardashian says she felt like she made it when her first perfume came out in 2010: "I will say about fragrance: that was always my mom's and my No. 1 goal. We had dreamed of fragrance since the day we ever dreamed of anything. Elizabeth Taylor. You've made it."
ON BEING A SEX SYMBOL
"It's not easy: It can be complicated. I definitely see the things that I brought on myself, the biggest being the robbery. Just being flashy and oversharing my every move on social media. But I enjoy my life. Someone said to me the other day, ‘What is it like being you?' It's awesome."
ON NEGOTIATING SEXINESS WITH KANYE
Kardashian says: "I don't know if it's the fact that my husband has voiced that sometimes too sexy is just overkill and he's not comfortable with that. I listen to him and understand him. Still, at the end of the day, he always gives me the freedom to be and do what I want. But I have kind of had this awakening myself. I realized I could not even scroll through Instagram in front of my kids without full nudity coming up on my feed pretty much all the time. And I definitely contributed to that."
ON NEGOTIATING SEXINESS WITH BUSINESS
After going to the White House to discuss prison reform, Kardashian admits posting bikini pics is awkward: "I think I'm evolving to where I don't feel the need to want to keep up. Not that I did it to feel like I had to keep up, but I guess I just don't care as much anymore to want to take tons of photos in a thong bikini. I actually just want to lay out. I don't care to take the time out of my day on vacation like I used to, where I'd pull up to the house and I'd see, This is a setup, this is an Instagram pic. Now this is a different setup. Oh, this place has so many different setups. This is going to be amazing. And now I'm just like, ‘Let's actually live in real time and enjoy it. If we happen to get a photo, great.'"
ON POLITICAL INFLUENCE
She says: "I'm just as surprised as everyone else."
None. "I've never regretted it. I've always felt like I'm so grateful to have all of those memories on-camera. I will look back and think, Oh my God, what was I wearing? Why is my makeup like that? But I can sit back and laugh and think it's funny to see how much I cared and me wanting to be famous so badly. I can laugh at it now: Oh my God, I was desperate!"