The problem with Kendall Jenner's painfully boring interview with Cara Delevingne
Kendall Jenner is absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.
She might be criticised for her leg-up in modelling thanks to her family's fame and fortune, but since signing to her first agency at 15, her subsequent success is all down to her. The problem with people who are successful from a young age, however, is that they are either more guarded than the average celebrity having seen one too many people screwed over in their life or inappropriately overshare because they never had the comfort and protection of a normal childhood.
On Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall often laments her instantly recognisable fame, the same fame that afforded her such a prominent role in fashion, because it wasn't her choice - it was her parents. It's a frustrating conundrum as a viewer, but you can appreciate her logic.
Kendall doesn't just fit into one category - she isn't just a reality star doing some commercials, she also happens to be in the Very Beautiful Model club. A problem with beautiful models is that they are often boring because they have never had to be anything but.
They can be intelligent, kind, loyal and all those wonderful characteristics that make up an overall lovely personality, but they are generally dull as dishwater and make for a nightmare to interview. You're more likely to be greeted with one word answers akin to squeezing blood from a stone during a Q&A with someone in this category; not because they have nothing else to say, but they've never been told they needed to say more.
And if you're as famous as Kendall? Well everything you say is gospel anyway and you will be quoted around the world for the most mundane statements you make.
So I understand Harper's Bazaar's very on-trend tactic of recruiting one of her closest friends, fellow supermodel Cara Delevingne, to interview her. Readers get two supermodels for the price of one and with any luck, she might be able to get a little more out of her than a writer would because of their close friendship.
It was a bet that didn't pay off. At the end of the day, journalists are trained in the best way to approach an interview subject and getting honest answers from honest questions for their readers.
Which is why, when you have a supermodel-turned-actress asking the questions, we get an exchange like this:
"CD: The pressure can be crushing sometimes.
KJ: It can! And you know me and how OCD I can get over the littlest things. If something isn’t going the way I planned, I freak out. Some days I just want to go live on a farm and not talk to anyone and just exist in the middle of nowhere.
CD: What sorts of animals would you have?
KJ: On my farm? I would literally have tons. I’d have seven horses because I feel like that’s a reasonable amount of horses to love and take care of, and sheep and goats and chickens and dogs—like, 10 dogs. But no cats because I’m not a cat person, unless they’re Savannah cats, which are like little cheetahs.
CD: I want one so bad.
KJ: They’re so good. Sorry, I got really excited about that question."
The cover story for Harper's Bazaar, an extraordinary magazine, relates to a 22-year-old model's impulsive obsession with cheetahs.
And Cara tries to anaylse the impact social media has on the careers of rising models, by asking: "Social media is an interesting beast. When you have more than 85 million Instagram followers, you get a lot of attention you might not want. How do you keep from becoming jaded?"
She seems unaware that Kendall is in full control of her Instagram account and her levels of fame no longer require her to maintain such a presence; nor does it require her to appear on a reality show that documents her family's every move.
Perhaps the most frustrating takeaway is Kendall's experience with anxiety, which she has spoken honestly about before, but is buried at the bottom as part of a throwaway question. She's spoken about experiencing sleep paralysis and insomnia and her frequent international travel hinders her ability to recover from these episodes quickly.
But in conversation with Cara, her experiences were minimised and you can literally hear her California-girl voice when says the words, "I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks."
Hardly worth the hype.