"All my friends tell me the world could be coming to an end, and I'm always so calm," she says, opening a packet of Equal.
She empties its contents into a glass of passion fruit iced tea, then fastidiously bites granules of sweetener off her manicured nails.
Unlike most people, she looks exactly the same in person as she does in photographs or on television, with one exception: she is smaller than she appears in images, with tiny, almost doll-like ears and feet and hands. As she talks, I notice that her skin, which is the golden color of whiskey, is free of wrinkles, crow's feet, laugh lines, blemishes, freckles, moles, under-eye circles, scars, errant eyebrow hairs or human flaws of any kind.
Everything else about her seems amplified, tumescent. It's like she comes with a built-in filter of her own.
I'm surprised to hear that they still enjoy the process, since your typical American family would no longer be on speaking terms.
"We're kind of obsessed with each other," she explains.
You can't walk through a supermarket without glimpsing her on a multitude of tabloids whose headlines holler about her relationships, her parenting style and the vicissitudes of her ample curves.
They reveal very little yet foster a sense of closeness.Today, a day off, she spent at a pumpkin patch with West, whom she repeatedly calls Kanye -- she clearly enjoys saying his name -- and their 16-month old daughter, North.They arrived at the farm unbothered by photographers, a rarity in the circus that is her life ("literally every single day there's about ten cars of paparazzi literally waiting outside our homes").Yet her perceived lack of accomplishment is also, perhaps, an accomplishment in itself.
Kardashian seems to know instinctively that, as Andy Warhol once observed, "When you just see somebody on the street, they can really have an aura.
Imagine being filmed and photographed constantly, yet never saying anything seriously controversial or appearing unkempt. And yet, though her life requires work of a sort -- roughly two hours of hair and makeup each day, regular meetings for her assorted businesses, wardrobe fittings, photo shoots, a.m.