Kim Kardashian West Takes Aim at Critics: 'Not Bad for a Girl With No Talent'

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Kim Kardashian at LACMA on Nov. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.  

On Monday (Aug. 28), Kim Kardashian West swept away any chatter pertaining to the VMAs or Game of Thrones when she unveiled her cover with Interview Magazine on Twitter. 

With the lettering and font of Interview Magazine draped in red, white and blue, the cover reads America's New First Lady Kim Kardashian West & Her Daughter North West. To further solidify their newly crowned title, Kim and North appear not only patriotic, but also photo-shoot ready. Sitting together on a couch, North dons a blue dress, while nestled into the arms of her mother. On the other end, Kim appears in all-white with an old-school bob and pearl earrings to match. 

During her extensive interview with Janet Mock, Kardashian West candidly delves into ventures, raising bi-racial children in today's America and her critics. Take a look at some of her most quote-worthy comments below. 

On Raising Bi-Racial Children: 

Kanye always has his family around and people who look like my daughter—that’s important to me. She’s obsessed with her curly hair, and if she finds someone who has the same hair, she runs to them and is like, “You have curly hair like me?” And we get to talk about it. We also talk about it with my niece Penelope, because she and North look really different, but they’re best friends and they’re together all the time.

On Dealing With Family Controversy:

I’ll be the first to jump in and say, “Guys, I’m seeing this. This is not cool. Tell me what’s going on.” I’m usually the ringleader for stuff like that, and I’ll say, “You’re wrong. You need to apologize.” Or, “This needs to be fixed. Everyone just lay low, chill out, don’t say anything. It doesn’t matter if it’s all lies. I know it’s frustrating. I know you want to speak up.” We always have to remind ourselves of stuff like that. We don’t do everything perfectly, but there really are so many lies, so many rumors.

On Her "Lack of Talent": 

I used to say, “I love being underestimated.” But now when I hear, “They’re so not talented,”—ten years into it—I’m kind of like, “Okay, give a girl a little respect.” If I’m so not talented, if I do nothing, then how is my career my reality? And I poke fun at it, like when I was on the cover of Forbes I posted the hashtag #NotBadForAGirlWithNoTalent. I don’t mind being underestimated because it does fuel me. But after a while, I do feel like, “C’mon, you can recognize a little bit.”...You can say a lot of things about me, but you cannot say I don’t work hard. I don’t sing. I don’t dance. I don’t act. But I am not lazy.

On Dealing With the Pressures of Fame: 

Gosh, I don’t know if I ever really got advice. There was no real path. There was no definitive career. It was just my mom and me trying to figure it out, especially when reality TV wasn’t the most respected.

On Her Fans Influencing Her Business Moves: 

There were a couple of opinions that other people might not have loved to hear, but they were really important for me as learning tools. I’m truly listening to these people and watching everyone’s tutorials on YouTube, and watching all these makeup artists use my products. I’m like, “Okay, we gotta fix that, guys. That’s something I really did not think about.” I take their advice to heart. I want to do better.


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