Look upon the Photoshopped face of Kylie Jenner in the new Interview magazine spread and know that you’re looking at a person at odds with herself and her family. Okay, yes, given that she’s a Kardashian spinoff project, there’s a little bit of laughing that does (and maybe should) come with the previous sentence. Even with my general dislike of Kris Jenner’s entire brood, though, I’m starting to feel for this young woman.
Quite by accident, Kylie Jenner reveals to writer Chris Wallace an 18-year-old at odds with herself, confused (and not in a positive, normal 18-year-old way). I’m starting to get genuinely concerned for her. No, really.
Just look. Below, the highly contoured face of her own branded cosmetics line gives us this bizarre throwaway statement about her hatred of makeup. When asked what she’d rather be doing with her life, Jenner answers:
"I would probably just never dress up. I would never wear makeup, because I honestly hate wearing makeup. Lately, I’ve just been so over it. I feel like I’m way too young to wear such heavy makeup all the time. It’s just bad for your skin, but I’m always doing photo shoots or red carpets and events, so I just obviously want to look good."
While that sinks in, take a look at this passage further down in the very same interview. “If I could do whatever I wanted,” Jenner says, “I would have a successful makeup line, and I would want to hopefully start more businesses, and just be, like, a businesswoman.” Emphasis added because what even gives with this?
Further signs of a conflicted young woman who really, really wants out of her life but just doesn’t see possibilities beyond the next press event come up throughout the interview. For instance, what's another thing Kylie would like to be doing?
"And I don’t know, I like hiking. I used to do a lot of hiking when I wasn’t as busy. I had a lot of anxiety when I was younger, so I would just run to this hill path in the back of my mom’s house and listen to Jack Johnson. I would listen to Jack Johnson and stare at the sky until my anxiety went away. When I was 16, I was always outside. We always watched the sunset, the group that I was friends with."
That last sentence is a killer, isn’t it? She used to not be “busy.” She used to be outside all the time. Now, one would suppose she’s zipping around in limos and hopping from one stand-and-turn to the next. Does she sound happy to you? She doesn’t sound (or look) happy to me.