Non-artist Kim Kardashian is the face of Billboard magazine this week.
The music giant made an interesting choice to plop reality TV star Kardashian on their cover this week, considering she's not a musician or artist (Business woman? We'll give her that). Does Kim have ties to one of the more impressionable artists of our generation a la Kanye West? Absolutely, but her perspective on music is limited to the feud with Taylor Swift, hanging with Britney Spears at the VMAs and some creative input on Kanye's recent musical offerings.
On the other hand, the fashion industry howled in horror when she landed on the cover of Vogue, and to say Kim doesn't make a splash in that industry is irresponsible. She wouldn't dare attempt to release another song (it happened), so let's just keep an open mind on this. For the sake of not unravelling before the weekend hits.
On her feud with Taylor Swift:
“Ugh, do we really have to talk about Taylor Swift?...I’m so over it,” she says with a laugh. “If it were up to Kanye, it all would probably never have come out. He can handle it, he has no hard feelings. He doesn’t even really care. I just wanted to protect my husband. I saw him getting a lot of shit.” You did a good job of it. “It wasn’t even about a look or anything, or to have this feud — it was like, ‘OK, here’s the truth.’ Done. Let’s all move on. I feel like I don’t want to talk about her anymore.”
On how she always wanted to be a reality star:
When she was in grade school, Kardashian West became enthralled by the first season of MTV’s The Real World. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s what I want to do,’ ” she says. “It’s crazy that it has come full circle — the producers of my show were the ones that created The Real World.” She got some of her first genuine media exposure as a sober pal to a hard-partying crew that included Paris Hilton. “I just thank God for my rhinestone Sidekick,” she says of that era. “I would sit there checking Myspace all the time. They probably thought I was so boring.”
Her first pregnancy was a surprise:
“I freaked the f— out,” she says. “We weren’t trying or -planning on it and I just didn’t think I was ready. But you’re never ready. It -happens when it’s -supposed to happen and at the right time.”
On how she felt bringing children into a life of fame:
“Both times when I was pregnant I’d literally just pray, ‘I hope my baby can handle this life,’ ” she says. “I believe their souls choose us to be their parents — that they choose this life. That’s my belief.”
On hanging out with Britney at the VMA's:
“She’s Britney!...I mean, how fun.”
She reveals her favorite artists:
“Back in the day I loved Shania Twain,” she says. “Celine Dion is my favorite, -favorite, -favorite. I love Ariana Grande, Sam Smith.” Her preferred non-Kanye rappers? “Chance the Rapper is pretty dope. Big Sean, Eminem.”
On when she went into the GA pit at Kanye's concert:
“Everyone was grabbing my ass,” she says, sounding amused but vaguely scandalized. “I was like, ‘I have to get out of here.’ ”
On her creative input in Kanye's work:
“I’ll be a full critic,” she says. “I could just say, ‘OK, the lighting should be different here.’ He loves the opinion. And then he will go into rehearsal the whole next day and totally perfect it.”