Every generation has a person that defines it. In a sea of pretty faces and head-spinning headlines, some seem to resonate with a new collective consciousness and becomes the unofficial ambassador of change. Whether we like it or not, the trend that defines our current time is Social Media. The blurring of the lines between that which is private and that which is public. It might have started with “reality television” but it has developed into the utter falsification of reality; the “instagramable reality” which bared very little resemblance to actual reality.

At the epicenter of this shift is Kim Kardashian. The 36-year-old opened up to Allure about maintaining some humanity in the midst of the reality storm, expanding her multi-million dollar KKW Beauty line, motherhood, why she doesn’t like presents, and whether there’s an age limit to being photographed naked…

On whether there’s an age limit to being photographed naked…

“I’m like, I’m going to tone it down. But then I’m like, Wait, I can’t be doing it in 10 years, so—I might as well. I don’t know what the age cutoff is.”

On preserving the humanity of her family…

“We don’t do gifts…. [Kanye and I] talk about it all the time, about not getting too much and trying to be as grounded and well rounded as possible….I don’t like presents anymore. We just did absolutely nothing [for our anniversary]. We spent two days in Santa Barbara, and we slept.” Then she remembers: “You know what? I think we went to IHOP. That’s what we did.”

On a treasured gift she received from daughter North just before heading to Paris last year when she was held at gunpoint and bound and robbed in a hotel by masked gunmen…

“She gave me a little plastic treasure box, and she put her little jewels in it—like fake little plastic jewels—and she was like, ‘Mommy, this will keep you safe when you go to Paris.’ To have something really sweet like that is more important to me than all the jewelry.”

On why she launched her own line, KKW Beauty…

“I’ve been sitting in a makeup chair every day for practically 10 years, and I fell in love with makeup and how it can transform you and make you feel good about yourself.”

On what she loves about contouring…

“The way that it transforms my nose and my face when I have it done is so fascinating to me that I wanted to figure out ‘How can I do this in an easy way?’ These contour sticks are like adult crayons. You don’t have to be so precise.”

On what she wants to be when she grows up…

 “A makeup artist. Maybe I’ll be North’s makeup artist! I’m really happy doing exactly what I’m doing, honestly. I’ve never been happier in my work life than right now.”

Photo credit: Daniel Jackson.  Read the full article at allure.com

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