Let’s start out with why you’re excited to be here today with Allergan Live Chin Up campaign.
Well, I really love what the Chin Up campaign embodies. It’s a philosophy that I live by. I am all for, “Let’s fix what we can about ourselves, but also, let’s not let the things that are technically negatives get you down.” Don’t bring me a problem. Bring me a solution. We’re all going to have fucking problems to figure out. But let’s do things for ourselves. Like, when I lost weight and went on my fitness journey, it was for me. It wasn’t about somebody else. I’d been told I’d been fat my entire life and I could’ve succumbed to plastic surgery or just really bad diets that are unhealthy for you, but I decided to make a lifestyle change and do things for myself and when I was ready.
I read your book [Strong Looks Better Naked], and in talking to you now, I’m reminded of the quote “Live your life, not your story.”
How did you learn how to embody your truth and work through that experience?
It’s weird because I don’t. People always say, “Where does your strength come from?” And I don’t necessarily have a concrete answer. I think strength is built over time. I believe in God, and I think every trial and tribulation I was put into, it’s because I can sustain. I can handle it, and I will be able. I’m like, I know I have to get out of here somehow. I just would rather smile than cry. I’m that type of person. I want to live my truth. For example, like social media, whatever scale you’re on big or small, people will write whatever they want about you, but you can’t let someone’s perception of you define who you are. I love when people are like “Wow I’m so surprised by you” or like “You are really not what I expected.” Like, okay that’s kind of a backhanded compliment but I would rather people appreciate the human being they’re meeting rather than the character or the facade that they think that they know.
As you start to meet people who have this character or this huge image around them, you forget that they are real people, and I think that’s why people are so quick to say whatever they may.
It’s still me on Keeping Up [with the Kardashians], but it's 44 minutes of who I am, combined with my sisters’ stories, and it’s not like people on Kocktails [with Khloé]—when they watch my talk show, they’re like, “Oh we see such a different layer of you.” I’m like, "Yeah because that’s still a little more me." But there’s still so much more. These 44-minute shows that you see once a week are not all who I am. I think that sometimes we let the social medias of the world or the TV programs kind of—it’s easy to let that define you. Don’t believe my story but believe who I am, who you see in front of you. And we’re allowed to change. We’re allowed to rewrite our stories.
What does your family dynamic look like when one of you is under fire at a certain moment? What is the conversation like within the family?
Oh god, I don’t know how we would do it without our family. I see there’s a lot of celebrities and, you know, people say they’re having a breakdown and this or that. It’s like my sisters and I are on this journey together, so they understand when I—I call them champagne problems, cause they’re really not problems in the grand scheme of life, but they are problems we’re allowed to have. “Ugh, there’s so much paparazzi today” or whatever the fuck, whatever the issue is. No one else could understand what you’re going through.
Like the Britney Spears’ of the world who that’s—well she had a sister but—like Amanda Bynes, who was one person, like that’s really hard, that amount of pressure and just scrutiny on one person where no one else really understands their journey. So, I’m always very grateful that me and my sisters, we are on the same journey cause we just get each other. I think without them, I would probably go crazy and who knows, just run away. We’re incredibly honest with one another. Also, if one of us is maybe too full of ourselves that day, that’s what your family’s for: to bring you back down and to burst that bubble for you.