Kylie Jenner has decided to go topless. “I want to try something new,” she says, eight hours into her photo shoot on a balmy Monday evening in L.A. Jenner is wearing round nipple pasties, a pair of pink, latex evening gloves and matching high-waisted panties that barely cover her butt. In front of her is a full-length mirror strategically stationed so she can perfect her angles. Jenner is constantly watched by millions of people on Instagram, Snapchat, reality TV, and every other media platform you can name—and right now she can’t help but watch herself either.
There is, however, one condition attached to her decision: some privacy. All the men have been booted out of Jenner’s room, save for her boyfriend, Tyga (“T” to her), who lingers in the back. “I’m comfortable with my body, but not that comfortable,” she says. “I’m not going to be walking around like that with a bunch of guys there.”
The women allowed to stay—mostly Jenner’s personal entourage, made up of stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, assistants, etc.—mob around her as she poses for photos. She leans on her right leg, cups her breasts, and whips her lofty ponytail back and forth. “Yassss, Kylie!” someone screams.
At 19, Jenner has seemingly spent more of her life on camera than off. The youngest daughter of Caitlyn (born Bruce) and Kris Jenner, she first starredaongside her family—that’s Kendall, Khloé, Kourtney, Kim, and Rob—on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the hit reality TV show now in its 12th season, when she was nine. Since then, she has become a magnet for tabloids and paparazzi, as well as teens and millennials who want to be just like her. At press time, Jenner had 71.7 million followers on Instagram and 17.6 million on Twitter. In 2014, she was named one of the most influential teens by TIME, and dubbed the most famous Kardashian by outlets like Us Weekly, Bloomberg, and Business Insider.
“When I was younger, I used to think about my sister’s name, Kim,” Jenner says. “Growing up with her, I always knew her name, but now everybody else knows it, too. That’s so crazy! It feels different when you say it now: Kim Kardashian.” She emphasizes each syllable of her sister’s name to convey just how inconceivable her fame is. “Now, I feel like that when I say my name. Kylie Jenner. Fuck! Everyone knows my name too.”