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This Is Why Kim Kardashian Never Smiles

Kim Kardashian West at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France on June 24, 2015.
Richard Bord—Getty Images Kim Kardashian West at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France on June 24, 2015.

The reality star says the first pregnancy 'changed my personality'

Kim Kardashian West has perfected the pouty look, but why so serious? The star says there’s a reason why she doesn’t show off her pearly whites.

Kardashian West tells C Magazine in a new interview that her reluctance to smile stems from her first pregnancy in 2013 with daughter North West.

The reality star, 34, says preeclampsia caused her to bloat, and in turn set her up for harsh critique from the public.

“Last time [contributed to] not only the weight, but also the swelling that everyone would make fun of, not understanding that I had this condition,” she tells Amanda de Cadenet in the magazine’s 10th anniversary cover story.

The expecting mom calls the body-shaming the “worst.”

“I couldn’t help it, and everyone would say, ‘She can’t stop eating,’ ” she says. “I delivered at 180, and they were like, ‘She’s 210 pounds. She’s getting dumped because she’s too fat’ and all these ridiculous stories. It really took a toll after the fact, when I was losing weight. I gained 50 pounds, and it’s tough to get it off.”

Kardashian West, whose husband Kanye West is also known for his reluctance to grin, says she was “dedicated” to getting back to her pre-baby shape, but it “changed the way I viewed wanting my picture taken.”

“Before I was always smiling, and so into being out and about,” she tells the magazine. “After I had the baby, I was like, ‘These are the same people that made fun of me, and posted the stories that were so awful, calling me fat for something I couldn’t control.'”

Her solution? No more smiling.

“‘I don’t want to smile for them. I don’t want to be out,'” Kardashian West says. “Even if I was more confident, I just didn’t feel like being that girl who was going to be smiling for every photo. It changed my mood; it changed who I was; it changed my personality a lot.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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YouTube’s Founder Is Paying Big Bucks to Kim and Kanye

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Taylor Hill — Film Magic/Getty Images Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West attend the 2015 CFDA Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, June 1, 2015

Superstar couple was so appalled by Hurley's actions that they sued

A co-founder of YouTube is paying a large settlement to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to settle a lawsuit, according to TMZ. The gossip website reports that Chad Hurley, one of the three founders of YouTube, must pay Kim and Kanye $440,000 for filming West’s proposal to Kardashian at San Francisco’s AT&T park and putting it on his new video site Mixbit. Hurley had reportedly signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited spreading footage of the proposal.

$440,000 is a relatively small sum for Hurley, who sold YouTube to Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion. No word on whether the incident will stop West from rapping about YouTube among his many references to social media.

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This Australian Comedian Is Re-Creating Celebrity Instagrams With Hilarious Results

Celeste Barber takes digs at Kim Kardashian, Miranda Kerr, Justin Bieber and many more

Celebrities are just like us, right? At least that’s what many of them try to show through their social media accounts, sharing pictures of themselves doing regular-people things like reading a book, chilling at the beach, licking a knife or posing seductively in a pile of dirt. O.K., maybe not quite like us.

That’s exactly what Australian funny-woman Celeste Barber has been trying to highlight through a series of photos called #celestechallengeaccepted, in which she re-creates celebrity Instagram photos using examples from her own life — with somewhat different results.

Here she is enjoying (or pretending to, as she puts it) a decadent meal in bed, just like supermodel Miranda Kerr.

And getting ready for some much needed shut-eye while channeling Kim Kardashian.

Im so fucking sexy when I'm tired. #celestechallengeaccepted #funnywomen #kimkardashian #pjs #sleepy #bedtime #sexonlegs

A photo posted by Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) on

Jennifer Lopez may be a best-selling artist and movie star, but she walks down the street just like all of us do.

Trying to get cab? @jLo #Celestechallengeaccepted #run #funnywomen #nailedit #hustle #citylife #celebritystreetstyles

A photo posted by Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) on

And who wouldn’t want to re-create this picture of Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody?

Downward dog #celestechallengeaccepted #nailedit #funny #celebrity @adrienbrody #adrienbrody

A photo posted by Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) on

“People are so obsessed with celebrities and celebrities seem to be so obsessed with portraying everyday people,” Barber told Australian broadcaster ABC. “I thought, right, if this is what everyone does — challenge accepted.”

The comedienne, who hosts a show called How Not to Behave, insists she’s only “having a laugh” and not trying to demean any of her subjects.

“I’m very pro-woman. I don’t want to be bashing people like Kim K, I actually think ‘good on her.’ I think she is a smart business woman,” she said. “From hailing a cab like J-Lo [Jennifer Lopez] to beachside yoga sessions — I want to see if I can live like the privileged, rich and famous.”

Spending time with bae just like Nicki Minaj does, for example.

Drowning in boobs #celestechallengeaccepted #funny #nickiminaj #nailedit @theellenshow @thefatjewish

A photo posted by Celeste Barber (@celestebarber) on

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Kim Kardashian West Warned by FDA Over Promoting Morning Sickness Drug

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Bauer-Griffin—GC Images/Getty Images Kim Kardashian seen at LAX in Los Angeles in July 2015.

She failed to mention any risks related to the drug on her Instagram post

Kim Kardashian West has been the unfortunate recipient of a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration.

On Tuesday, a letter from the FDA was released asking that the 34-year-old reality star remove an Instagram post from July of her promoting Diclegis, a drug she credited for helping with morning sickness. According to the letter, Kardashian West failed to mention any risks related to the drug.

The FDA took note of the soon-to-be mother of two’s inclusion of the drug’s web address, but said that it was not sufficient since her post implies that the product is safe and does not carry any risks for the baby.

A portion of Kardashian West’s original Instagram post read: “[My doctor] prescribed me #Diclegis, I felt a lot better and most importantly, it’s been studied and there was no increased rick to the baby. I’m so excited and happy with my results that I’m partnering with Duchesnay USA to raise awareness about treating morning sickness.”

The post has since been deleted from her account.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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See Who Hillary Clinton Hung Out With During the Republican Debate

Hillary Clinton Holds Campaign Roundtable In Las Vegas
Ethan Miller—Getty Images; Lionel Cironneau—AP Hillary Clinton and Kim Kardashian.

And we have the selfie to prove it

An encounter with Kim Kardashian would be incomplete without a selfie. Hillary Clinton obeyed this rule on Thursday night at her fundraiser in Los Angeles that was attended by the likes of Kris Jenner, John Travolta, Tom Hanks and others.

Earlier in the evening, which coincided with the first Republican debate, Kardashian tweeted that she was “Excited to be meeting our next President tonight!!” When she later posted her desired selfie on Instagram, she wrote, “I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country!”

I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident

A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Oh yeah, and Kanye was there, too.

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Kim Kardashian Met With ‘Our Next President’ Hillary Clinton During GOP Debate

Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner, also posed with the presidential hopeful

While millions of Americans watched ten Republican presidential contenders hold forth in Cleveland, Kim Kardashian was hanging out with Hillary Clinton, whose fundraiser she and husband Kanye West attended in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

Clinton’s campaign held the event at the home of Scott Braun, the manager to Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. The event occasioned a selfie, which Kardashian posted to her Twitter page.

Variety reports that John Travolta, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and longtime Clinton friend Mary Steenburgen were also at the fundraiser, as was Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, who had her own opportunity to pose with Clinton.

An Honor to meet you Hillary Clinton! Great evening… #ohjustchatting

A photo posted by @krisjenner on

Earlier — about 25 minutes into the GOP debate, a few moments before Jeb Bush and Donald Trump began sparring over immigration law — Kardashian posted a tweet saying she was “excited to be meeting our next President!!” She had deleted an earlier tweet that referred to Clinton by name.

“Maybe she’ll take a selfie with me,” she pondered.

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I Am Cait Proves Caitlyn Jenner Is the Kardashian Family’s Most Compelling Star Yet

The show's audacious willingness to focus on the small moments makes it stand out

The premiere episode of I Am Cait, on E!, represented both the most-anticipated reality-TV premiere in years, and the one that was anticipated with the largest aggregate of good feelings. Even defenders of the reality genre will admit that most reality series get their thrills from the unflattering angle, whether that angle depicts a newcomer voted off early or an established star exposing a whole new banal tragedy. But the Caitlyn Jenner story—that of the former Olympian and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star who announced earlier this year she had long identified as a woman—was depicted with an abundance of good taste by E! The show made its mark, in its premiere episode, with its willingness to risk boring the viewer.

Indeed, Caitlyn Jenner’s life seemed accurately depicted, with minimal flash—which is to say, tedious. Celebrities, particularly those who’ve publicly gone through a transition, don’t have it easy, but the ways in which their lives are hard aren’t particularly intriguing. A sequence in which Jenner is pursued by various paparazzi on the way to pay a charitable visit to the family of a trans teen suicide victim would, on a series that weren’t compelled to have so much on its mind, be cut together as a fun, exhilarating high-speed chase. Here, it’s a belabored journey, traversing various traffic-choked streets as we slowly realize just how high the bounty on photos of Jenner is, and what it means for her to be able to define how she’s seen in public in a world where the trans experience is still so challenging.

That extends to those around her. Jenner’s family members who visit her in the debut episode behave in a remarkably unremarkable manner. Her mother quickly overcomes qualms (despite forgivably failing to overcome pronoun confusion) and acts as a no-drama support system. Jenner’s sisters compliment her looks in a way that feels both deeply felt and not freighted with anything but love. A visit from Kanye West and Kim Kardashian provides a new angle, perhaps, on the pair (West ends up discussing his outré sneakers with Jenner’s less fashion-forward immediate family, while Kardashian combs through Jenner’s closet), but they, too, have little to offer but support.

The first episode of I Am Cait felt both like a well-earned victory lap and a move into a second phase. Jenner’s first three major pieces of media in the year 2015—her interview with Diane Sawyer in which she announced her transition, her print debut in the pages of Vanity Fair and her on-camera debut accepting an award at the ESPYs—were all done pitch-perfectly, acknowledging Jenner’s own growing-up process while continuously shedding light on trans people with far less privilege, asking the viewer to care about them, too.

But for as enlightening as that talk was, it was talk; the rubber is hitting the road, now. Jenner’s recent life experience is defined by unconditional love and ease. It’s a life, despite internal conflict, buoyed by both the money to purchase a whole new wardrobe at a moment’s notice and the wide-ranging family support to make that wardrobe seem like a good investment. The show doesn’t try to make drama out of Jenner’s own experience, because there’s none there. It doesn’t try, either, to make a story out of the plight of the family of a dead trans teen whom Jenner visits; they’re quietly mournful, pleased to see Jenner, and it ends there. The tone of the series is one of pleasant acceptance with only the lowest of speed bumps, because that’s what Jenner has been faced with so far as far as the public gaze has been concerned. We hear about self-doubt and recrimination, but only a lesser show would ever depict it.

But for all its unwillingness to indulge whatever is dark in Jenner’s life, the show has an apparent willingness, at least in its first episode, to place Jenner’s ease of life in contrast to that of a family who accepted their son but lost him anyway. That choice reveals something subversive and uncomfortable roiling under the surface. We’ve seen Jenner on ABC News as the possessor of a remarkable personal history, in Vanity Fair as a fashion plate, and on the ESPYs as an eloquent speaker. Connecting the dots, I Am Cait does more than any of those. It shows us the birth of a consciousness. It might end up becoming the defining reality show of a generation.

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Kim Kardashian Has a Great Idea for Improving Twitter and It Might Actually Happen

The true power of celebrity at work

For years, the inability to edit a tweet after it posts has irked users who misspelled a word or messed up a link. Now, it seems, Twitter is thinking about whether to add an edit function after some social media activism from the one and only Kim Kardashian.

The queen of the selfie took to Twitter on Friday night to complain about the problem:

Plenty of people vent about annoyances on Twitter, but when Kim does it, it merits an official response from the platform’s co-founder, Jack Dorsey.

Kim seemed please with the speedy response.

The proposed change sounds like a great idea for bad typists, but also for the future disgraced public figures of America who might now have the chance to act on second thoughts.

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See Celebrities With Their Madame Tussauds Wax Figures

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Kim Kardashian Talks Hillary Clinton, Gun Control and Feminism

"I guess people would call me a feminist," she said. "I just do what makes me comfortable"

Kim Kardashian got serious Tuesday night at an event in San Francisco, where she discussed gun control, feminism and whether the U.S. will elect its first female president next year.

Kardashian was interviewed by retired state judge LaDoris Cordell in an event organized by the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, an institution founded in 1903 that has previously hosted speakers like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. When Cordell asked Kardashian to give the audience an idea to change the world, she answered, “Gun control.” She also said she hopes Hillary Clinton will be the first female U.S. president. But when asked whether she’s a feminist, Kardashian said “I don’t like labels.” She said she wouldn’t use that word but didn’t distance herself from the phrase. “I guess people would call me a feminist,” she said. “I just do what makes me comfortable.”

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star said she has consciously flipped the script on media objectification of women, and taken control of her own image. “You really can take that power and put out what you want people to look at,” she said. Even her new book of selfies, entitled Selfish, is an exercise in purposeful self-objectification, as she explained: “I’ve taken them … I’m proud of them … I have the control to put out what I want, even if I’m objectifying myself.” Kardashian also noted that the key to a good selfie is excellent lighting, and said that she doesn’t use filters, ever.

Kardashian revealed that she got her start in the fashion universe after she got her dad to buy her seven pairs of Timberland Manolo Blahnik shoes (at $750 each) after she saw Jennifer Lopez wearing them in a music video, then sold them on eBay for $2,400 each. She credits that experience as proof of her early love of “selling and hustling.”

The interview in the Commonwealth Club’s “Inforum” series is part of a string of slightly more substantial interviews Kardashian has been giving in the past few weeks, including an appearance on NPR and a cover story in Rolling Stone. Some people haven’t taken kindly to the appearances, with NPR listeners writing in to complain that they were “disgusted” and that “the Kardashians represent much of what is wrong with America today.”

There was plenty of self-promotion from Kardashian during the event in San Francisco, including a video ad played before the event for her app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. When responding to a question from Cordell about whether she promotes an “unhealthy standard of beauty,” Kardashian pivoted to speaking about how her hair care and makeup lines are affordably priced so they can be consumed by “the masses.”

But when Cordell asked Kardashian what she thought of backlash to her appearance on public radio—and at the Commonwealth Club event—she said, “I don’t know. And I really don’t care.” The crowd cheered for her, some yelling, “We love you, Mrs. West!” Still others just begged for her to take selfies with them.

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