Kris Jenner . . . And All Things Kardashian

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Karen Hunter Publishing,
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Copyright © 2011 by Kris Jenner

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First Karen Hunter Publishing/Gallery Books hardcover edition November 2011

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Jenner, Kris, 1955–
     Kris Jenner . . . and all things Kardashian / by Kris Jenner.—1st Karen Hunter
Publishing/Gallery Books hardcover ed.
        p. cm.
    Includes bibliographical references and index.
   1. Jenner, Kris, 1955– 2. Women television producers and directors—
  United States—Biography. 3. Television personalities—United States—
  Biography. 4. Businesswomen—United States—Biography. I. Title.
      PN1992.4.J46A3 2011
      791.4502'8092—dc23
      [B]

                                                                                               2011030579

ISBN 978-1-4516-4696-2 (Print)
ISBN 978-1-4516-4698-6 (eBook)

To the loves of my life:
My children, Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloé, Robert, Kendall,
and Kylie . . . and my husband, Bruce.
You are my heart.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally.

 
Contents
 

 

Chapter One: The Candelabra

Chapter Two: R.G.K.

Chapter Three: Flying High

Chapter Four: Heaven in Beverly Hills

Chapter Five: Unfulfilled

Chapter Six: Meeting My Match

Chapter Seven: June 12, 1994

Chapter Eight: Backstage at the Trial of the Century

Chapter Nine: O.J. All the Time

Chapter Ten: The Haven

Chapter Eleven: Healing and Forgiveness

Chapter Twelve: Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Chapter Thirteen Building the Brand: Check!

Epilogue: The Epiphany

Acknowledgments

Introduction

I
know this sounds crazy, but this is exactly where I’m supposed to be: screaming through the streets of Paris in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes with my daughter Kimberly, on our way to see the
Mona Lisa
in the Louvre. How I got here has been a long, wild, and winding road, which we will get to in a moment. For now, I’m going to ask you to sit back and experience the ride.

It was September 2010, and Kim and I were in Paris to meet the international media to celebrate the fifth season of
Keeping Up with the Kardashians
, the hit reality show about our family, shown in many languages in 150 countries around the world.

The show’s producers, E! and Comcast Entertainment Group, flew us to Paris first-class on British Airways. From Paris we were flown in a shiny, sexy private jet (which looked just like a beautiful black Chanel handbag), along with our glam squad, to eight European cities for the media tour. The jet was stocked with my favorite champagne, Kim’s favorite snacks, and all our favorite blankets and movies.
Fabulous
.

Our show is the most-watched series in E! history, and by the end of 2010, Kim would be among the world’s most-searched people
on the Internet. Her Twitter account, with almost ten million followers, as of this writing, would be among the five most followed in the world, along with those of President Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. And Kim would be named one of
People
magazine’s Most Beautiful People.

As for me, I’m a unique combination of mother and manager. I’ve actually trademarked the term “Momager,” which is what I am. I spend endless eighteen-hour days creating, nurturing, and juggling the insanely busy careers, endless personal appearances, and business enterprises of my six children—Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob, Kendall, and Kylie—my husband, Bruce Jenner, my son-in-law Lamar Odom, and myself. Some of the many hats I wear include those of producer, creator, and star of our reality television series for E!, from which we have launched three spin-off hit television series. There are brand endorsements to run along with our own clothing lines, including the Kardashian Kollection for Sears. I also oversee several businesses, such as our skin care line, Perfect Skin; our diet and nutrition supplement business, Quick Trim; the fragrances Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian Gold, and Reflection, along with Khloé and Lamar’s fragrance, Unbreakable. Oh, and did I mention I have my own clothing line launching on QVC this fall, the Kris Jenner Kollection? And I finally launched my very own blog,
www.OfficialKrisJenner.com
.
Whew!

My favorite hat, though, will always be “Mom.” In the midst of our media blitz through Europe, Kim and I were still a mother and daughter in Paris, and I kept insisting that we see the city. “We’re in Europe. We must do things that are really special,” I told her. “We can’t come all this way and not do a little sightseeing. We have to remember to always experience life and live it to the fullest.”

So I arranged a special trip to see the
Mona Lisa
at the Louvre. We awoke that morning with a special surprise planned by the general manager of the famous Ritz Hotel, Omer Acar.

“Before you visit our beautiful Louvre, I’ve planned something truly spectacular that I know you will both love,” he told us.

As Kim and I left our luxurious suite, we were escorted to another floor at the Ritz. The next thing I knew, we were inside the suite where Coco Chanel lived until her death in 1971. The day before, we had been taken to Azzedine Alaïa’s atelier with him in the trendy Marais district. Now to be in Madame Chanel’s suite! Kim and I were pinching ourselves.

As we exited the Ritz, I sadly remembered the last picture the world saw of Princess Diana before her fatal car accident—in the exact place where we were walking. Kim and I were taken aback by the blinding flash of dozens of photographers outside the hotel, as uniformed security guards hurried us to a waiting Mercedes. The cameramen climbed onto their motor scooters as we drove off in the Mercedes, and with police escorts in front and behind, their sirens blaring, we raced the paparazzi to the Louvre. Arriving at the famous museum’s pyramid, we were greeted by a team of escorts and security. They led us through private tunnels, up some stairs, then down some others. A door suddenly opened and we were standing behind a velvet rope, beyond which stood the world’s most famous woman: Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece of beauty and mystery, the
Mona Lisa
. Oh my God, pinch us again!

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