Kourtney Kardashian is by-far the most ‘normal’ of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians clan – she’s also the most down-to-earth. The mother of three is also predominantly behind most of the Kardashians fashion ventures, particularly their new Kardashian Kids collection which is launching at Nordstroms. In a new interview Kourtney talks motherhood, welcoming a third baby, working with her famous family, and how all kids have their own style.
First of all, it’s important to know that fashion and materialism has always been a part of the Kardashian family values, Kourtney reminisces about playing dress-up in Kris Jenner‘s closet and how her mom has influenced her perspectives. “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,” Kourtney says. “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.”
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The K-sisters have transformed that into their own fashion empire and they love the collaboration process of designing their collections. “I think it makes the process really enjoyable to be able to work with my sisters,” shares Kourtney. “We have a design meeting later this week, and I look forward to that time with them—not that we don’t see each other enough. We have a two-against-one rule where at least two of us has to like it or the other one gets outvoted.” Something tells me Kim’s vote should be nullified.
Kourtney adds that she and Kim Kardashian definitely have differing approaches to dressing their daughters, and their daughters also have their own. “Kim sticks to more neutral colors with North. With Penelope I put her in more prints and colors. A lot of things Kim will try on North and realize they’re not her personality, like some super-girly dresses, so she hands them over to Penelope. Both of the girls love shoes—last night North was over and they were fighting over shoes in Penelope’s closet and they were so cute. By the end they were sharing and trying the shoes on each other and having so much fun. It reminds me of how Kim and I were when we were little girls.”
Kourtney tells Harper’s Bazaar she doesn’t try to influence Kim on motherhood – as if she could with Kanye West being in the way. “Everyone has their boundaries and process, and I think she learned a lot by watching me go through everything first. Everyone has their own experiences, so I didn’t want to sit there and be like, ‘This is what you should do.’ I learned from her as well. It’s such a cool process, just figuring it out for ourselves. I think we’re always teaching each other.” Kourtney also learned what
not to do from Kris. “She really has shown me a balance between being a mom and having a relationship. I think she does it all, and she’s really showed me that. And she’s also shown me and my sisters how to celebrate life and celebrate holidays, and she takes so much pride, she’s instilled that in us.”
After welcoming her third baby into the world, a son Reign born in December, Kourtney has a realistic approach to her post-baby body, admitting that unlike Kim’s plastic surgery transformation, she’s doing it the old-fashioned way with hard work.
“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,” Kourtney admits. “It does take a lot of work, but I usually start slowly by going on walks with the baby.” She’s also working with a trainer and has workout partners, like Khloe and another girlfriend who keep her motivated. “Having somebody else to work out with really helps motivate me.”
When it comes nuclear family continuing on KUWTK, Kourtney acknowledges it’s a constantly evolving process of what she’s willing to show and how much, because her kids’ happiness comes first. “I think it’s always changing, but what’s most important is knowing that they’re my priorities, no matter what’s happening—they always come first. As far as filming in our homes, I think just making sure that they feel comfortable enough that they can walk in any room—even if we’re filming they don’t notice. I want it to always be a comfortable household. Schedules change, so I’ll say, ‘Everybody has to leave by this time, so we can unwind and go to bed.’ This is their home, and I’m always conscious of how they feel.”
Finally Kourtney believes when designing the collection, just like when dressing her own kids, it’s important to be mindful that each child has their own personal style, and her style has been heavily influenced by Penelope. “When I first had Mason, I would dress him similar to how Scott [Disick] 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. Now he totally has a mind of his own,” Kourtney reflects. “I tend to dress more masculine with pants or shorts or flat boots, and she makes me want to dress more stylish, more girly.” She also says dressing the kids – and herself – in matching outfits is a huge timesaver. “Getting everyone out the door by myself, it takes a long time, so it makes it easier—and I think it’s cute.” As for where Scott’s fashion fits into all this Kourtney laughs, “We tend to match a lot.”
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