Exclusive: Kourtney Kardashian On Keeping Up With Three Kids
With a new Kardashian Kids collection on Nordstrom.com now and a new addition to the Kardashian-Disick clan, it’s an apt moment for a state of the union on style, celebrity, and family with the eldest Kardashian.
Kourtney Kardashian was up all night prior to her BAZAAR.com photo shoot with a sick five-year-old and a nursing four-month-old. She arrives makeup perfectly in place, California-pretty, all white teeth and shiny hair, and introduces herself with a voice that’s as familiar as your best friend’s, maybe even your own sister’s. It’s this layered mix—mom and postmodern celebrity, one whose easy accessibility and familiarity feeds the very existence of that celebrity—that is cause for seemingly endless fascination.
Calling this family mere reality stars undersells it; the Kardashians are so ingrained in the media that they’re in our daily lives, part of the collective consciousness. So who better to talk to about motherhood on the upcoming occasion of Mother’s Day than arguably one of the most recognizable young moms in America—one much of the country actually watched give birth. With a new Kardashian Kids collection on Nordstrom.com now and a new addition to the Kardashian-Disick clan, it’s an apt moment for a state of the union on style, celebrity, and family with the eldest Kardashian.
How would you describe your daily style?
My daily style is easy and effortless—I don’t like to take too much time getting ready. Being a mom, I love to play with my kids and have fun with them, but I also love fashion. My mom and both of my grandmothers have always been into fashion, so it’s been around us our whole lives. It’s definitely a mix—when I have an opportunity to go to an event or go out to dinner with Scott or with friends, it’s more fun to play.
What does Scott like you to wear?
We tend to match a lot—we’ll wear our Saint Laurent boots he got me. I always steal his sunglasses and he gets really annoyed, so he just bought me these Saint Laurent glasses that match his men’s version. The other night we were going to Vegas, and he was in the kitchen when I was getting my hair done, and he gave his little input of what he thinks my hair should be. He usually has an opinion about everything. I leave it up to him to provide my watch collection because he’s really into watches.
Do you have a go-to uniform?
Lately it’s been denim on denim, like a full-on denim shirt and jeans or jean shorts depending on the weather—I have a lot of jean shirts in my closet. That’s been my uniform. Today I’m still in workout clothes because I haven’t changed out of them yet.
How do you approach health and fitness post-baby?
I like to take my time and not try to put too much pressure on myself, but it’s hard. I think I forget every time— you give birth and you want your stomach to be flat again. It does take a lot of work, but I usually start slowly by going on walks with the baby. At certain times I take all three kids on a walk, and I have this stroller that they can all ride in and on. So I start slowly—but now I’m in full force. I’ve been working out with a trainer, and having somebody else to work out with really helps motivate me. Some days Khloe will join me, or I have a girlfriend I’ve been working out with—just setting that trainer session and knowing I’m not going to flake. I also try to eat really clean and at home as much as I can.
Do you think having two boys affected your style?
When I first had Mason, I would dress him similar to how Scott dressed. But before he was born, I remember shopping for him and buying certain things for him that weren’t his personality once he was born. So I think they do kind of have their own style, and now he totally has a mind of his own. But I think my daughter actually influences my style more than having boys. I tend to dress more masculine with pants or shorts or flat boots, and she makes me want to dress more stylish, more girly. I remember playing in my mom’s closet with Kim as little girls—we had this game we played, I was Donna Karan and she was my assistant, and I was really bossy. We would always hear my mom talk about designers, and she had all this designer vintage, but it wasn’t vintage at the time—a lot of Chanel—such great clothes, shoes, jewelry. We had so much fun playing in her closet. My daughter already tries on my shoes, and she plays with my makeup. It’s fun, but it brings out the girlier side in me knowing that I’m a role model for her.
What’s your stance on mother-daughter matching?
I love it, and mother-son matching—sometimes it makes it easier to get everybody dressed and out the door. The other day we were going to the movies and Penelope picked out a black-and-white striped dress, and it made it so much easier to pick a black-and-white striped T-shirt for Mason and a black-and-white T-shirt for me. Getting everyone out the door by myself, it takes a long time, so it makes it easier—and I think it’s cute. We’ve designed certain pieces from our collection with trends that are going on with women in mind, like we have a little blush-colored skirt for the girls—I was wearing something blush color. I think it’s fun to match; it doesn’t need to be identical.
Kourtney and Khloe have been mostly everyone’s favorite Kardashians.They’ve never seemed jaded by their mega fame, they’ve remained somewhat low-key compared to their sister Kim, stayed humbled and their faces haven’t changed. They are the most real ones. I have always loved Kourtney’s style, it is effortless and eclectic. And I think she looks her best when she is pregnant. She truly makes pregnancy look SO good. Her and Scott Disick have a beautiful family together. Any guesses on if they’ll have a baby #4 or a wedding next?!