12 Fascinating Facts You May Not Have Known About Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner is arguably the most famous "momager" in the world, having carved out lifelong careers for her entire family after their reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, premiered in 2007. Kris is the leader of all six of her children — Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Robert with her late ex-husband, Robert Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie, her two children with ex Bruce Jenner. And while the world is offered a glimpse into the chaotic life of the reality TV family every Sunday on E!, Kris opened up even further in a new interview for The New York Times Magazine. Kris allowed writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner into her home to get a feel for what a typical day in her life is like. Besides the obvious camera crews and business deals, here are 12 things we learned about Kris that we didn't know before.
Kris Jenner was born Kristen Mary Houghton.
Her grandparents owned a candle store when she was young.
She gets her hair and makeup professionally done every day Keeping Up With the Kardashians is filming.
And it takes about an hour, which is "quick."
She met Robert Kardashian when she was 17, and they married when she was 22.
She used to be a flight attendant for American Airlines.
She had a steamy affair with a soccer player named Todd Waterman while she was still married to Robert.
This was mentioned on the show before, with Kris even reuniting with Todd on camera, but the fact that he was a soccer player seemed to slip through the cracks!
The cameras are ALWAYS rolling.
The Kardashian house is wired with cameras so there really isn't ever a time when the family isn't filming. They also film for 10 to 12 hours each day, or "more if a plotline warrants it."
She and Bruce were broke when they were first married.
It wasn't until after Kris took over Bruce's motivational speaking career that the money started rolling in. As Taffy puts it, "Bruce became her first project."
She keeps a pile of nondisclosure agreements in her foyer for everyone who comes over.
Note: Taffy did not sign one.
She really, really loves Costco.
"Costco is a passion," Kris told Taffy. "It's like a massage. They have the most amazing dog beds. Don't even get me started." Kris, who doesn't trust anyone else to do the Costco shopping but her, is also very protective of her professional relationship with the company (and anywhere else she might film for the show) — Taffy was not allowed to accompany Kris to the store. A producer told Taffy, "No offense . . . but we can’t have any association with you there."
She will redecorate an entire room in her house to cater to one piece of new furniture.
Kris purchased a new dining room table shortly before the interview. Taffy said that when Kris realized the table didn't go well with her current chandeliers, she told her decorator that it was time for new chandeliers.
A family barbecue secured their TV show deal.
After Kris told Ryan Seacrest in 2007 that she wanted a TV show centered on her family, he sent a producer to her home to film a family barbecue to see if the idea had potential. On the way home, the producer called Ryan and said, "We have a show. This is going to be amazing."