Khloe Kardashian like you've never seen before... The Reality star is flawless as she poses for Hapers Bazar's latest issue in an exclusive interview with Olivia Fleming.
"I definitely think the fashion industry, and people in general, look at me more now that I've lost weight," she admits, in between takes. "Even on shoots, I would never have options for clothing. There would always be this attention on Kourtney and Kim, but I was too much work for [stylists] or they had nothing in my size. I wasn't even that crazy big!"
That's why Khloé only works with Rose, a Kardashian stylist since season one. "At my fattest, Monica would always come with racks of clothes and make me feel special. She never told me, 'Oh, they don't have that in your size,'" says Khloé. "Other people actually said, 'I just can't work with you'—because I was too big. That always hurt my feelings, of course." Today, those same stylists are now approaching Khloé, offering to dress her for events and public appearances. "I'm just like, 'Fuck you. I'm not going to reward your bad behavior.'"
Khloé's unfiltered, outspoken sincerity is something of a signature. She is comfortable airing her dirty laundry in a way that her sisters—Kourtney, Kim, Kendall and Kylie—often aren't. "People think I'm more 'real'," she says. "I'm the first person to say if I didn't do something right or that I could have done something differently. I share so much, maybe more in-depth than my sisters, and I think people appreciate that."
Clearly, it's working. With more than 50 million Instagram followers, 20 million Twitter followers, and 18 million Facebook fans, Khloé has become a cultural movement in her own right, successfully forging a niche away from the rest of her family.
Her open-book policy is not a ploy to grow her fan base —"I don't try to do things to get people to like me," she says—but rather an effective tool in setting the record straight. Khloé is no longer able to hide from the media and its circadian tabloid rhythm. "The thing I dislike the most [about being a Kardashian] is the judgment on us," she admits. "If I want to go out with a group of friends, it's never as harmless as that. There has to be some story the next day that I'm dating somebody."
Still, I'm curious to know—does Khloé Kardashian have insecurities? "I like to say I don't care what people say about me, but that's not true," she says, almost regretfully. "Not wanting to go to certain places because I wonder what will be written about me the next day—I hate that I carry that with me." Then there is Instagram, where a typical outfit post of Khloé's can garner upward of 5,000 comments—and she does read the comments. "I think people who say they don't are lying," she says. "What's sad is that I can read 10 beautiful comments and then one bad one and I'm like, 'Ugh!'"
A recent example: After posting a picture of herself in a mini dress, one commenter mentioned her "horrible" thighs. "That was the only mean comment!" Khloé says, exasperated. The next day, though, she announced to her trainer that she wanted to work on her inner thighs. "I know I don't have fat thighs," she laughs, "but I was so pissed that I let that comment affect me. The fact that I'm even saying it the next morning to my trainer makes me irritated with myself."
That kind of spotlight can be tough when it comes to romance, she says. "I used to wonder why celebrities only dated celebrities, but when you're in it you understand. You feel a little safer," says Khloé, who filed for divorce from NBA star Odom a second time in May. (She says she and Odom still have a "really good" relationship, and insists he will "always" be in her life.) Since the separation, Khloé has publicly dated rapper French Montana and, most recently, NBA player James Harden. "If you're seen with someone on your first date, you're automatically getting married the next day. It's so extreme! So when you're two celebrities, you can keep it really quiet at first, to see if you even like each other. Dating someone in your world is a little easier."
Fame puts friendships in jeopardy, too, and forging new bonds is an ongoing battle. "Our family has way more information about [us] online than any other, and it's always so bizarre when you meet someone and see their perception of you. Sometimes I feel like I have to prove people wrong, and that's weird. It's easy to meet people, but you don't know if you're meeting them for the right reasons. Knowing who to trust is hard."
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