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Kim Kardashian says estranged husband Kanye West is her business partner and gets advice from him

She’s a reality star, a mom, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a law student and a criminal justice advocate.

And Kim Kardashian sat down with WSJ Magazine for their Innovators issue as she opened up about her relationship with estranged husband Kanye West.

The 41-year-old star revealed that Kanye, 44, is a business partner in her loungewear/intimates apparel brand Skims, which she launched in 2019: ‘He has a piece of Skims himself and gives [the team] inspiration but also information.’

Adding: ‘Kanye will always be the most inspirational person to me.’ 

Candid: She’s a reality star, a mom, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur, a law student and a criminal justice advocate. And Kim Kardashian sat down with WSJ Magazine for their Innovators issue as she opened up about her relationship with estranged husband Kanye West

The black and white shoot featured Kim rocking pieces from the new Skims X Fendi as well as other sets from her brand; Kim was styled by Giovanni Dario Laudicina for the shoot.

The Fendi X Skims collection launches on November 9 on fendiskims.com and some select Fendi stores as well as retailers.

Kim previously teamed up with the US Olympic Team for a collection.

She is currently rebranding her beauty brand KKW Beauty –  something she announced over the summer, with the website going dark until the rebranding is complete.

Strike a pose: The 41-year-old star revealed that Kanye is a business partner in her loungewear/intimates apparel brand Skims: 'He has a piece of Skims himself and gives [the team] inspiration but also information

Strike a pose: The 41-year-old star revealed that Kanye is a business partner in her loungewear/intimates apparel brand Skims: ‘He has a piece of Skims himself and gives [the team] inspiration but also information

Kim announced the news on KKW Beauty’s Instagram page on August 1, with no released set day of the re-launch. 

Kim is also the founder of KKW Fragrance, although it is not undergoing a rebrand.

KKW Beauty was originally launched in June 2017 with her fragrance brand KKW Fragrance launching in November 2017. 

She had said she plans on using more modern formulas, packaging and a new name instead of KKW Beauty.

Kanye is helping her on streamlining and upgrading her brand, she revealed in the interview.

She revealed that Kanye looked at her various brands and told her to simplify.

The latest: Adding: 'Kanye will always be the most inspirational person to me'

The latest: Adding: ‘Kanye will always be the most inspirational person to me’

‘He expressed that there were too many branding situations. He’s always super simple.’

Kanye is someone she goes to for advice for her brands, with the star revealing that he is her business partner: ‘He has a piece of Skims himself and gives [the team] inspiration but also information. I think he enjoys the process. Kanye will always be the most inspirational person to me.’

Kim has both majority ownership and creative control of Skims, which is valued at $1.6 billion. 

Adding: ‘I really wanted to condense my beauty brands I wanted one place, one website, where everything can live.’

Kim said that she wants to ‘really launch an entirely new beauty brand. I learned so much that I’m excited [to put out] a brand that has all the new information that I know.’

‘I feel like it’s going to be my baby, I’ll have my beauty brand and Skims. I can really nourish it and flourish it more if it were] all condensed into one.’

Happier times: 'He expressed that there were too many branding situations. He's always super simple'; seen together in 2020

Happier times: ‘He expressed that there were too many branding situations. He’s always super simple’; seen together in 2020

Striking: Kanye is helping her on streamlining and upgrading her brand, she revealed in the interview

Striking: Kanye is helping her on streamlining and upgrading her brand, she revealed in the interview

When she first started her brands, Kim said it was just on a ‘collection basis’ and ‘didn’t know the business so I didn’t know how you could evolve.,’ adding that she ‘did what I could at the time.’  

Kim filed for divorce from Kanye in February; the two shared four children together: North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three and Psalm, two.

Despite ending their seven year marriage, the duo have publicly supported each other, with Kim dressing in a custom Balenciaga couture dress for Kanye’s Donda listening event. 

Kim and Kanye were longtime friends before they finally began dating in April 2012; they got engaged on her 33rd birthday – October 21, 2013.

The duo had their pre-wedding festivities in Paris, France and had their ceremony on May 24, 2014 in Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.

Coming again soon: Kim announced the news on KKW Beauty's Instagram page on August 1, with no released set day of the re-launch

Coming again soon: Kim announced the news on KKW Beauty’s Instagram page on August 1, with no released set day of the re-launch

Moody vibes: 'He expressed that there were too many branding situations. He's always super simple'

Moody vibes: ‘He expressed that there were too many branding situations. He’s always super simple’

Kim filed for divorce in February 2021.  

While handing her companies, Kim is also a law student, with an end goal of becoming a lawyer.

Although she failed the baby Bar exam twice she did say she still has a lot to do: ‘I do have aways to go.’

On her future in law: ‘We talked about it for sure when I was in college but I wasn’t that serious.’ 

Family first: They are parents to: North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two

Family first: They are parents to: North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two

Interesting: In August 2021, Kim made a statement when she appeared on stage at Kanye's Donda listening event in Chicago in a wedding gown and veil

Interesting: In August 2021, Kim made a statement when she appeared on stage at Kanye’s Donda listening event in Chicago in a wedding gown and veil

Businesswoman: Kim founded Skims in 2019; seen in her label

 Businesswoman: Kim founded Skims in 2019; seen in her label

‘Hopefully one day I can start a law firm where we can help people pro bono and hire people who were formerly incarcerated.’

Kim says ‘a lot of my work ethnic’ comes from her late father, Robert Kardashian Sr as she admits she is a workaholic.

Adding: ‘I don’t see me floating on a yacht,’ explaining that her grandmother retired in her early 80s.

‘I think I’ll always feel good when I’m working,’ Kim said. 

On her new Skims collection with Fendi, Kim said that it was due to her friendship with artistic director of Fendi’s women’s collection Kim Jones and that she heard women in his office are fans of Skims.

She revealed she sent him a bunch and then he flew to see her in December 2020 regarding a collaboration.

The star headed to  Cabo San Lucas in March 2021 for 10 hours to discuss the collaboration since Europeans are not allowed to enter the US due to travel restrictions because of COVID-19. 

She flew home after the meeting and was able to put her kids to bed. 

Focus: On her new Skims collection with Fendi, Kim said that it was due to her friendship with artistic director of Fendi's women's collection Kim Jones and that she heard women in his office are fans of Skims

Focus: On her new Skims collection with Fendi, Kim said that it was due to her friendship with artistic director of Fendi’s women’s collection Kim Jones and that she heard women in his office are fans of Skims

Her day is micromanaged by the minute, and she says she goes into her office to study, then works on her beauty and rebranding as well as Skims: ‘I’m always in fittings and fabric meetings.’

‘My days are pretty full… and that’s it. I love to be home, I love my weekends at home.’

Kim also revealed that any business deal is something she, her mom Kris Jenner and their attorney talks over.

 And if she will take the reins from Kris one day as the family manager, Kim said: ‘We’ve talked about it. I would assemble a team of people to take it over. I hope it doesn’t happen for a really long time, because I’m really busy.’ 

WSJ Magazine’s November issue is out on newstands on Saturday, November 13. 

Launching November 9 on fendiskims.com: The star headed to Cabo San Lucas in March 2021 for 10 hours to discuss the collaboration since Europeans are not allowed to enter the US due to travel restrictions because of COVID-19

Launching November 9 on fendiskims.com: The star headed to Cabo San Lucas in March 2021 for 10 hours to discuss the collaboration since Europeans are not allowed to enter the US due to travel restrictions because of COVID-19


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