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ARTICLE KEVIN MCGARRY

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STYLIST MARYAM MALAKPOUR

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KYLIE JENNER

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Makeup Kirin Bhatty (Starworks Artists)  Hair Dennis Gots (Jed Root)  Manicure Whitney Gibson (Nailing Hollywood)  Photo assistants Brad Liber and Alex Gay  Stylist assistant Catlin Myers  Production Miranda Neri (Jed Root)  Location Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles  Catering L.A. Spice

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KYLIE JENNER

PHOTOGRAPHY CHAD PITMAN
FASHION Maryam Malakpour
TEXT KEVIN MCGARRY

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The youngest of the Jenner-Kardashian set, Kylie Jenner, 17, might be more Calabasian than any of her sisters, having spent most of her lucid life in syndication. “We don’t even remember a time before the show and before the cameras and all that,” she says over the phone upon arrival in New York, where she and the rest of the clan are celebrating Khloé Kardashian’s thirtieth birthday, in late June. “It’s all kind of normal to us.”

The cohort “we” to whom Kylie refers comprises herself and sister, Kendall, a model two years her senior. Sisters—they’re just like us! The two do almost everything together: pose for magazine covers, host red carpets in Hollywood and awards shows abroad (Canada), and, above all, expand the family business of licensing themselves. There’s a Kendall & Kylie collection at PacSun, and one for Steve Madden as well. But most recently, the girls have made an unexpected foray into the literary world, publishing their first young adult novel, Rebels: City of Indra: The Story of Lex and Livia, this past June. By all online accounts, it’s about friendship and dystopian class disparity, a mash-up of William Gibson steampunk meets one-child policy China meets techno paradise floating over a terrestrial garbage can, à la Elysium.

“Originally we were going to do a book revolving around me and Kendall,” says Jenner. “Maybe high school girls or something like that. Then we decided we wanted to do something that no one expected, like a sci-fi novel. So it actually has nothing to do with our life, and that’s what we wanted.” Livia’s green light across the bay is the dream of escaping her golden cage to run free with her horse; Lex is a street urchin training to be a Special Ops assassin. One can’t help but wonder if, protestation aside, these alliterative besties represent the sisters Jenner in a de facto roman à clef.

Does black sheep Kylie, whose adolescent absenteeism and preternaturally evolved sense of personal style (as seen on Keeping Up with the Kardashians) consider herself a rebel? “I don’t know, me and Kendall don’t follow the book or the rules or anything like that,” she says, “but we definitely aren’t, like, bad kids.” Well, bad kids are typically bored kids, and Kylie doesn’t seem to be bored. Over a 72-hour period during that weekend on the East Coast, she Instagrammed pictures of herself slumping in a seat on a private jet with a golden Birkin, strutting onto a Hamptons-bound helicopter, showing off her tanlines in a teeny bikini, and being held aloft like Cleopatra by male models during a Bruce Weber photo shoot with Kendall.

With just under 10 million followers, @kyliejenner is where many people can go to find their FOMO. She has more followers than any other minor on earth, three times more than Barack Obama, four times more than Paris Hilton, and almost twice as many as Drake. Apart from Bieber, and Beyoncé, her sisters’ accounts are the only ones that outnumber hers. “I’m obsessed with Instagram,” she says. “Kendall showed it to me, and my mom was on Twitter before me, so I was kind of the last one in the family to get on social media.”

If the baby of the clan is caught in the shadow of her more famous kin while simultaneously following in their footsteps, then let it be said that Kylie has her own distinctive sparkle—not “Wear Something Spar-Kylie,” the lustrous, red glitter nail polish named after her, from the Kardashian Kolor line, but a brooding, self-assured glint that contrasts with the irrepressibly femme, tufted McMansion energy that has so far engulfed her. Having flirted heavily with grunge and seapunk over the last year, Kylie now seems to be staring, via cell phone from the backseat of her mom’s black G-Wagon, into her own Ghost World. “I’m a Leo, and I relate to that. I’m not compatible with Scorpios—girls more than boys—but I live in a house with three of them: my mom, my dad, and Kendall.”

Rebels: City of Indra is available now from Gallery Books

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Kirin Bhatty (Starworks Artists)  Hair Dennis Gots (Jed Root)  Manicure Whitney Gibson (Nailing Hollywood)  Photo assistants Brad Liber and Alex Gay  Stylist assistant Catlin Myers  Production Miranda Neri (Jed Root)  Location Aesthesia Studios, Los Angeles  Catering L.A. Spice

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