Socialite KIM KARDASHIAN has never been in a movie, but it hasn’t stopped her from being the hottest woman in Hollywood.
By Nate Denver
Photographs by Frederic Reshew
WORD to Grand Puba, is a real gold winner, just like Bruce Jenner – and not just because the OLYMPIC LEGEND happens to be her stepfather. Despite what people may assume of PARIS HILTON’S childhood B.F.F., PRINCESS KIM (as she likes to call herself) is no trust-fund hussy. Sure, she’s the daughter of late music mogul/O.J. SIMPSON lawyer Robert Kardashian, but she’s also incorporated like Irv and Jeffrey. Kim owns a high-end L.A. boutique, Dash, reorganizes closets professionally (SHE’S DOING LINDSAY’s next week!), styles celebs, and slangs closet accessories on infomercials. BEAUTIFUL AND AMBITIOUS, the divorced 26-year-old (music producer Damon Thomas…sucker) caught Complex’s eye as the WAY HOTTER friend of (insert A-list Hollywood chick here) in tabloid photos. Here, for the first time, the new “it” girl BARES ALL.
SO WHY EXACTLY ARE YOU DOING THIS PHOTO SHOOT?
Kim Kardashian: All my friends have photo shoots and have fun doing it, so why not?
Kim Kardashian: From Jillian Barberie, who’s one of our best family friends, to Paris, to Nicole—all the girls. This is what they do. And growing up with them forever, it’s just fun.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR SOCIALITE CREW?
Kim Kardashian: That we’re all trust-fund kids and we have it so easy. If anything, I find it the complete opposite. I know people think we drive around in these nice cars and we do whatever we want and our parents will pay our credit cards, but that’s not the case. Sure, my parents were generous; I got a nice car at 16, but at 18 I was cut off. I’ve worked really hard. I opened the store myself. Even Paris and Nicole—they’re completely independent, too.
THE ARGUMENT WOULD BE: YOU HAVE A HUGE SAFETY NET AND MEGA FINANCIAL BACKING TO START FROM.
Kim Kardashian: Well, I’m never gonna be on the streets, so there is that comfort there. I get how people would feel like that’s not fair, but that’s my last resort.
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?
Kim Kardashian: Lately, I go to parties and hang out. But I love to go skydiving, I love skiing. I’m a really outdoorsy sports person. I love to go on trips. I remember, I used to tell one of my really good friends, Brandy—the singer Brandy—you know she has every purse and shoe and every outfit. I’d be like, “Let’s not buy a $5,000 bag for once and let’s go on vacation.”
DO YOU SEE FUNNY THINGS AT THE PARTIES?
Kim Kardashian: The other night Paris went to Area,and next to us was Britney’s table and I was walking around and I saw Justin and I was like, “Ah! We have to wait and see if there’s a dance-off!” I wanted to go home, but I’m not gonna lie, I stayed a little bit longer. There wasn’t a dance-off.
DID YOU AND THE GAME EVER ACTUALLY DATE?
Kim Kardashian: Game and I have been friends for years. He came to Paris’s album release party and we all took a picture together—me, Paris, and him—and yet he and I are “dating.” It’s crazy that if you take a picture with someone, automatically people think you’ve slept with them.
WHAT ABOUT NICK CANNON?
Kim Kardashian: Hmm. I’m gonna have to get back to you on that one. Me and Paris and the girls are trying to stay single for one year. In March, that’ll be up. I’m a relationship kind of girl, but I think that everyone needs a year in their life to be single. I was in a long relationship before I was married, then I was married for four years, and then I was in a relationship with Ray J, Brandy’s brother. I’ve never been single, and this is my year. It’s hard when you meet really cool, talented, amazing, fun people like Nick.
WHAT DOES STAYING SINGLE MEAN?
Kim Kardashian: Just not having to answer to anyone but yourself. Trying to do you.
DOES THAT MEAN YOU HAVE TO PUT LIMITS ON PHYSICAL INTIMACY TOO?
Kim Kardashian: I have to be in a relationship in order to be intimate. I’m not the one-night-stand kind of girl. Despite the rumors.
THAT’S A GOOD WAY TO BE. LET ME CONTINUE DOWN THE LIST. WHAT WAS UP WITH YOU AND NICK LACHEY?
Kim Kardashian: We went out on a few dates, and it didn’t really progress. He’s a great guy, but we never took it to that level. I was just in Australia with Paris and I was looking at a newspaper and there was a big picture of me and Paris on the cover. It said that I have a sex scandal going on and that I’ve dated a few U.S. rappers. I’m like, If you call Ray J and Nick Cannon rappers, then…. I was married for four years, had a three-year relationship with Ray, and have been with one person after that. It really bothers me that people perceive me this one way.
SPEAKING OF RAY J, WHAT’S UP WITH THE SEX TAPE RUMORS?
Kim Kardashian: There is no sex tape! Ray J’s not the kind of guy who would do something for revenge. There is no amount of money that could ever convince me to release any tape, even if I had one. I don’t need the money!
ARE SEX VIDEOS THE NEW STEPPING STONE?
Kim Kardashian: [Laughs.] I don’t know, that’s a weird thing. I’m not gonna lie—when someone has one out I go look it up on the Internet. Everyone does.
SO, HAVE YOU WATCHED PARIS’S INFAMOUS SEX TAPE?
Kim Kardashian: I never watched it.
OKAY, HERE COME THE SEX QUESTIONS. HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOURSELF IN BED?
Kim Kardashian: Twenty, on a scale of one to ten.
I APPRECIATE YOUR CONFIDENCE. WHAT MAKES YOU A TWENTY?
Kim Kardashian: I’m really passionate and sensitive. I don’t really have sex with people I don’t have a connection with, and if you have a connection with someone, it’s so much better.
ARE YOU DOMINANT OR SUBMISSIVE?
Kim Kardashian: More submissive.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE RECENT SURGE IN UP-THE-SKIRT SHOTS?
Kim Kardashian: I think that is so annoying. Paris has an SLR, you know, the Mercedes? The doors flip up like a Lamborghini. The seat is, like, lower, so in order to get out, you have to literally put your legs up and hop out. Those are the famous shots people have seen lately, getting out of that car. The paparazzi’s motives are so disgusting.
BUT AREN’T THEY GIVING THE PHOTOGRAPHERS WHAT THEY WANT?
Kim Kardashian: It’s all crazy. The other night we were all at Hyde. Paris walked me out to my car ’cause I wanted to go home and she was waiting for Britney. When she pulled up, all these cars came and parked backwards in the middle of Sunset. They just wanted their shots, they didn’t care who they blocked. They’ve taken it to a different level.
THE GIRLS OR THE PHOTOGRAPHERS?
Kim Kardashian: The photographers…I mean, if it were me, if they had those shots of me, I’d be mortified. But if it happens three times in a row—
PUT SOME UNDERWEAR ON!
Yeah. Then, that’s just weird.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT L.A.’S, DEPENDING ON YOUR STATUS AND WEALTH?
Kim Kardashian: We were talking about this last night. We call it Hollywood High. We were saying we’re the seniors and this newer group is the juniors.
WHAT’S YOUR ROLE AS A SENIOR?
Kim Kardashian: They try to make out like we’re mean girls. There was this ridiculous story that Paris is being a mean girl to Kim and they’re not friends anymore because she’s friends with Britney, which is so ridiculous. We were laughing at it last night.
IS THERE HAZING?
Kim Kardashian: No, definitely not. You know, one of my best friends happens to be best friends with Lindsay Lohan, and if Paris and her are fighting and I was at a party [with one of them], it’s like, Oh, she’s stepping over! But it’s like, No! We’re all friends at the end of the day.
YEAH, WHAT IS UP WITH LINDSAY AND PARIS? ONE DAY THEY’RE FRIENDS, THE NEXT THERE ARE INTERNET VIDEOS OF THEM DISSING EACH OTHER.
Kim Kardashian: How can I explain it? They’ve been friends, they’ve known each other for a long time. Friends fight, they go through things, grow apart, and come back. Hollywood High, like I said.
DO YOU ENJOY THE DRAMA OF THE TABLOIDS?
Kim Kardashian: It’s upsetting if a friend gets hurt. This Paris and Britney thing sort of upset Paris because she’s the sweetest girl and just likes to help people.
WHY? BECAUSE SHE GOT A BAD REP?
Kim Kardashian: Yeah, just for partying…
BEING A BAD INFLUENCE ON BRITNEY?
Kim Kardashian: Yeah, and she’s not at all. They just make a big deal out of things that never even happened. Sometimes it’s irritating. But [we’re in the tabloids] so much that we don’t really get upset anymore. You just have to laugh it off. If you can’t make fun of yourself and laugh at yourself…
IT’S A HARD LIFE.
Kim Kardashian: Exactly. It’s a hard life.