Photo Credit: DuJour magazine
Kim Kardashian's baby isn't due until summer, but she says that motherhood has already changed her. In the spring issue of DuJour magazine, the reality star -- looking gorgeous in a white bikini with almost zero makeup -- talks about her desire to turn over a new leaf.
"I think there's always an evolution of, you know, what you want to do in life," she says. "It's all about finding things that really excite you and motivate you and spark you all over again."
Though it's unclear what Kim plans to do next, she claims she's tired of the reality-TV spotlight. After the 9th season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she plans to step away from the cameras. Apparently, Kanye West had something to do with that.
"My boyfriend has taught me a lot about privacy," Kim says. "I'm ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I'm realizing everyone doesn't need to know everything. I'm shifting my priorities."
Forgive us for being just a tiny bit skeptical that Kim Kardashian, a woman who has mastered living in the public eye, wants to become a private citizen. And yet she's already showing signs of rebellion against her publicity-hungry momager, Kris Jenner. The upcoming 8th season of Kardashians, which is currently filming, won't contain any "baby stuff" -- not shopping for cute clothes, not doctor's appointments, and definitely not giving birth (as sister Kourtney did on TV, twice). Her baby bump will certainly appear onscreen, but she's not sure if Kanye will. Suddenly, Kim has boundaries.
Whether she'll be able to make those boundaries stick, is another question entirely. Two years ago, Kourtney declared that she no longer wanted son Mason to appear on television. Obviously, Mason hasn't gone away, and Kourtney now says that the decision has been a "struggle."
"But a lot of the times I feel like, them being with their mom is the best thing," Kourtney told Jimmy Kimmel in January.
Kourtney raises an interesting point: When your entire life is spent on television, keeping your kids off TV means staying away from your kids. That's probably why Kim has decided to quit the show, and it seems like a great decision for her future offspring.
We do wonder, though, how Kim will fare if she's not on cable 24-7. So much of her identity (not to mention her net worth) is tied into reality TV. Kim has worked hard to build up her brand, and she's going to have to find something else to pour all that energy into. (Motherhood requires tons of energy, yes, but somehow we're not seeing Kim as the homemaker type.)
Of course, she and her sisters have their Dash stores, as well as tons of products and clothing lines to bring in the cash. But will their brands be as popular (and as lucrative) if Kim stops sharing intimate details about her personal life for the cameras? Just how long can she maintain her celebrity status if she really sticks with her guns and quits reality TV?
Our guess is that Kim will stay in the headlines no matter what she does. But she should probably decide on a path before the temptation to sign on for Kim and Kanye Have a Baby! becomes too great.