Once upon a time, in an adorned penthouse in the Waldorf Astoria New York and on a sprawling Calabasas ranch lived two privileged little girls. Paris, the ballerina Barbie version of Eloise lived a fantasy life as heiress to the Hilton Hotel Empire, while Kim, the Armenian American daughter of the soon to be first “Momager”, grew up adorning inch long eye lashes and half a dozen sisters with names starting with the letter K. Paris lived along side other child stars who did not have to desire gem tone velvets or more space. Kim grew up to organize price upon request clothes, oversized jewels, and one-of-a-kind of Hermès Birkins.

Paris coveted jet setting, sapphires, and more time with Nicole Richie, while Kim craved confetti, patent leather star-maps and ombré cake cosmetics. As the girls grew prettier and more outer directed, their lives crossed paths when Paris hired Kim to arrange her expansive multi-room closet. The girls grew closer, so Paris took Kim all over the world with her. Paris taught Kim how to participate in the American Dream narrative and how to act in front of paparazzi. Paris built her empire based on modeling a dreamworld and acting like bubblegum, as Kim began to build hers on being herself and becoming a walking Selfie. In between carefully selected words, Kim consistently keeps her puffy lips pressed together in the most poised and selfish way you’ve ever seen. 

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