kim Kardashian at 2019 New York times panel
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In a new interview for New York Magazine‘s decade issue, Kim Kardashian West reflects candidly on a decade as a brand, opening up on her rise to fame, her marriage and partnership with Kanye West and her political awakening.

The interview takes place at the Wests’ “minimalist palace,” where over the course of a lengthy conversation, we get an insight into the mogul’s mind, aspirations and challenges she’s faced.

Find the best excerpts from Kim’s interview below.

Her relationship with Kanye has evolved but one thing never changes…

“The one consistent thing is our relationship has never stopped being fun. And it’s okay to not understand each other. It’s okay to not have the same exact feelings all the time. It’s just about figuring out how do we grow from that? Or what’s the lesson from that? And giving each other space and time to figure that out.”

Kanye is developing YEEZY Home

“You should see what he’s working on now. All home stuff. He’s fascinated with buildings and homes. He wants to do low-income housing, and have the design be elevated: simple and cool and affordable. He really supports James Turrell in his Crater and they’re working on stuff together that will be exciting. He’s building the community.”

Her kids have influenced her activism for criminal-justice reform

“I want my children to have a fair life. And I do believe that race does play a huge role in the criminal-justice system, if you look at all the numbers. Statistically, one in three black men will be locked up in their lifetime. So that does weigh heavy on my heart.”

The 2016 Paris robbery made her reevaluate everything

“It took something out of me in the best way. All the things that really mattered to me then deeply — how many bags I had, what car I drove … I still like all that stuff, but it doesn’t matter.”

She’s a bit of a plastic surgery expert

“Oh, the Instagram accounts from surgeons are something that I love to go through […] the one thing that only my close circle knows is that I love to research every single procedure to know exactly what’s out there. And people call me all the time, like really famous people, out of the blue and are like, “I know we don’t know each other, but I’ve heard you’re the expert and I’m looking to do x, y, and z. Who would you recommend?” And I’ll be like, “Actually, I’ve just researched this!””

Fame is no longer as important to her

“If you asked me to pick fame or fortune, I would not pick fame. It’s always been about working hard and making money […] 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!”

Head over to New York Magazine  for the full cover story.

Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer