The youngest Jenner’s life is a no-holds-barred affair, streamed to massive follower accounts eagerly awaiting every Snap. But clearly, there’s always room to reveal a bit more.
At some point in 2015, Kylie Jenner overtook her siblings as the most magnetic member of American pop culture’s First Family, the Kardashian-Jenners. Establishing herself as an independent force from her sisters, the 20-year-old reinvented herself as the most badass, amorphous, untouchable character in the K-initialed dynasty.
She now commands 96 million Instagram followers, who hang on to every word that tumbles forth from her Lip Kit-stained pout, every flip of her platinum-blond wig. Fans watch, hypnotized, as she demonstrates new swatches of Kyshadow by painting them, one by one, on her forearm in Snapchat videos.
They see her in glimpses, a whole world shaped by seconds-long videos spliced together like the reality show on which she made her name. But she controls that perception.
For this shoot with Nick Knight, Jenner was truly exposed. “That was actually my first super nude shoot,” she says over the phone from her new $12 million mansion in LA’s Hidden Hills. She’s only recently moved in.
“I always post sexy pictures, but have never really gone nude.”
In a very sheer gown by Fendi, her come-to-bed eyes peer from under a towering Lady Bunny wig. Jenner has become synonymous with wigs. Each one, crafted together with her hairstylist Tokyo Stylez, she says, “gives me a different confidence.”
And since she first glommed onto the idea that she didn’t have to bleach her hair every time she wanted to switch up her look, wigs have flown off the shelves and into the hands of her legion of followers.
It’s impossible to put a number on it, but Jenner’s influence has doubtlessly shifted tons of hair, reinvigorating the bespoke wig and weave industry. “All I know is that when I go into weave stores, they have colors that I’ve worn, which is cool,” she says. It was inevitable, since her days doing meet and greets brought out the copycats in droves. “Back then, I dyed my hair blue and teal and other colors. I would do meet and greets and every other girl—even guys—had teal hair. They’d be like, ‘I did this because of you! Everyone has teal hair now!’”
As Knight does with all of his shoots, this one was livestreamed via SHOWstudio. Kylie, nearly naked, was just trying to take a good photo. “Then I kept remembering, Everybody is watching me right now.” The irony of that statement—being somehow unaware of the tens of thousands of people who tuned in—is lost on Jenner, the seventh most followed person on Instagram. You’d think this girl, who was essentially tucked into bed with a camera lens shoved in her face since the age of nine, was always cognizant of Big Brother. But why would she be, when she has a camera following her at all times, and not solely for the purposes of an E! program? “I do have a guy that follows me all the time. I just never show anyone the footage,” she says, laughing. “Maybe one day.”
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