21. Kim Is a Stage Mom
KUWTK Season 6, Episode 23
A year into 15-year-old Kendall's modeling career, she's hired to model for Sherri Hill in New York City. Kris, her manager, can't take her for non-specific reasons, so Kim sidles into the role. "I want to introduce you to the fashion world of New York," she tells an excited Kendall. At this point, Kim is dating Kris Humphries long-distance, so her fashion clout – which is largely credited to Kanye's minimalistic influence on her wardrobe and friendship with the fashion elite – is a few years away. As soon as they arrive in their hotel, Kim goes from jumping on the bed with Kendall, yelling, "To modelling!" to ordering her little sister to clean her nails, put on a face mask and her pajamas and get in bed.
There is always a moment in episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians where uncool behavior is justified by saying something like, "We're family! I only did this [insert minor act of betrayal or aggression] because I care about you!" In this episode, it comes after Kim books Kendall for a runway show and ignores her sister repeatedly saying she's scared of runway and not ready for that step in her career. (A fear she's clearly overcome in recent years.) "Kendall, stop embarrassing me!" Kim cries as Kendall slams a door in her face, after a disastrous session with a runway coach. Without missing a beat, Kendall deadpans to the camera, "Kim originally wanted to do runway but ended up being too short for it, so I think she's taking her fantasy out on me."
The episode ends with the girls back at home and Kim apologizing for her behavior (after justifying it to Caitlyn with, "It's my job as a big sister to introduce her to things she's not comfortable with!").They hug and Kim proclaims, "No to stage mom! Yes to long, sexy legs!"