A Guide to All the Kardashian-Jenner Controversies From 2019

It seems as though every week another controversy comes out about the Kardashian-Jenner family. Some are harmless, like earlier this year, when everyone was confused by Kim Kardashian West’s sink, while others carry more weight. If you thought watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians was involved, then just try keeping up with every time one of them is in the news.

That’s literally my job, though, so I’m going to make your life easier by compiling all the times something involving Kim, Kylie, and the rest of the “krew” end up going viral. There have already been so many moments this year alone, and we haven’t even made it to fall. Check out a complete breakdown, below. We’ll update this post as more “kontroversies” come in.

The internet erupted in early January over tweets from Kris Jenner that said Kendall would be sharing her “most raw story” ever on social media that night. The momager even went so far as to say she was proud of her supermodel daughter for being so “brave and vulnerable.” So what was this so-called big announcement? That Kendall was the new face of Proactiv. And while her anecdote about struggling with acne was touching (see below), it wasn’t the super-emotional nugget fans were expecting after all that buildup.

In February, Kim made headlines for a vintage Thierry Mugler gown she wore to the Hollywood Beauty Awards in Los Angeles. Everyone was obsessed with the look—so much so that Fashion Nova released a knockoff version of the dress just hours after Kim wore it. When the fashion watchdog site Diet Prada accused Kim of tipping off Fashion Nova about the dress, her response was swift and sharp. “It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat, and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas,” she tweeted. “So, as always, don’t believe everything you read and see online. I don’t have any relationships with these sites. I’m not leaking my looks to anyone, and I don’t support what these companies are doing.”

No Kardashian “kontroversy” has been as intense this year as this one. In early March, rumors started swirling that Tristan Thompson, Khloé Kardashian’s boyfriend and father of her child, cheated on her with Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. Once a Kardashian-Jenner ride-or-die, Woods was seemingly excommunicated from the family, and a war on social media ensued.

Woods gave her side of the story on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook series, Red Table Talk and confirmed she and Thompson did kiss. Khloé initially tweeted that Woods was responsible for ruining her family but later clarified her comments. “Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family,” she said. “This was Tristan’s fault.”

Jamil made headlines in March for calling out an Instagram post from Khloé promoting Flat Tummy tea. “It’s incredibly awful that this industry bullied you until you became this fixated on your appearance. That’s the media’s fault. But now please don’t put that back into the world, and hurt other girls, the way you have been hurt,” Jamil wrote in a comment.

Criticism over the type of sponsored content deals the Kardashian-Jenners make is so intense that they commented on it in a recent New York Times profile. “I don’t live in that negative energy space,” Kris said. “Ninety percent of people will be really excited about the family and the journey and who we are.”

When Forbes announced in a spring cover story that Kylie was the world’s youngest “self-made billionaire,” it didn’t take long for people to chime in, saying she didn’t deserve that title because of her family’s wealth and status. Kylie responded to the backlash in an interview with the New York Times. “I can’t say I’ve done it by myself,” she said. “If they’re just talking finances, technically, yes, I don’t have any inherited money. But I have had a lot of help and a huge platform.”

Forbes went on to define what it considers “self-made”: “Forbes has defined ‘self-made’ as someone who built a company or established a fortune on their own, rather than inheriting some or all of it. As long as the list member didn’t inherit a business or money, they are labeled ‘self-made.'”

In perhaps the most unexpected Kardashian-Jenner news of the year, Kim revealed in her May cover story with Vogue that she was studying to become a lawyer. The Twitter responses were top-notch, with many making Elle Woods comparisons. All jokes aside, Kim seems very dedicated to this dream and illuminated just how hard she works at it in an Instagram post.

“My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study,” she wrote. “I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it, but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me.”

Never forget when the world was stumped at Kim and Kanye’s sinks, which look flat at first glance and seem as though they’d cause water to run onto the floor. Kim heard people’s cries and set the record straight: The sinks are actually slightly concave, so the water trickles down into a small slit with ease. Watch for yourself, below, and be amazed.

Kim introduced her fourth child to the world by posting a photo of him in his crib, which was covered in blankets and other soft objects. She immediately received backlash for this because, according to Women’s Health magazine, having a crib filled with padded materials puts a baby at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Kim removed her post from Instagram, but the tweet is still live.

“Anyone else freaking out about all the blankets & bumpers?” one person tweeted. “This isn’t the first time @KimKardashian has made a poor choice like this,” wrote someone else.

In an interview with *Sports Illustrated,* Alex Rodriguez revealed he sat at Kylie’s table at the Met Gala and painted quite the interesting picture. “We had a great table,” he said. “We had Kylie and Kendall [Jenner]. Kylie was talking about Instagram and her lipstick, and how rich she is.”

Ulta 21 Days of Beauty 2019 Sale: What to Buy

Even though the days of gearing up for back-to-school are far behind us, there’s something about September that makes us want to shop. But instead of buying agendas and three-ring binders, “stocking up” means cashing in on all the best Labor Day beauty deals, including fresh makeup brushes, juicy new mascaras, and a skin-care revamp after surviving a very hot and humid summer.

Luckily, Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale starts Sunday, September 1, and runs through Saturday, September 21. That’s three full weeks of up to 50% off (yes, half price!) its best-selling products and the items we’ve had our eyes on all summer long. With this year’s sale, each day on the calendar offers up to four different beauty deals. With such steep discounts, there are no wrong answers here, but we’ll still try to help you narrow things down instead of rampantly clicking “add to cart.” Keep scrolling for the best deals and how to shop Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty 2019 Sale.

To Be Loved, I Had to Let Go of My Makeup

“Do you want to get some breakfast?” he asked one morning, his brown eyes sincere and kind. I wasn’t barefaced, but I wasn’t pretty—I had dark circles under my eyes, a smoky eye that looked more like a shiner, and a breakout that I didn’t have time to touch up. I walked my somber death march to the Grey Dog Café. It was decently dark in there, among the low ceilings and wood-paneled walls. He tried to give me the good seat, the one facing the window, but I quickly declined. “I’ll sit here,” I said, grabbing the chair that faced the interior as if it were a life preserver on a shipwreck.

We waited for the waitress for an eternity. I wanted to talk about our favorite topics: his grasshopper legs, the way the creative roommate slept on top of his covers instead of under them; to hear again about the time he’d seen a beaver on the third-grade field trip and the teacher hadn’t believed him. But I was nervous, holding the menu to shield the acne near my chin.

“Are you OK?” he asked. “Your friend said I should take you to breakfast.”

Traitor! I longed to be alone in my tiny apartment, where I could nurse my wounds. Scrub my eyes clean with oil-free eye-makeup remover. Sleep my barefaced private slumber on my black-stained pillowcase.

I went home worrying that our chemistry was dead. Later that afternoon I had just finished punishing myself by squeezing some of the bumps on my chin when he texted to see if I wanted to come over and watch a basketball game. The made-up me and the real me were coming to a head here, and I was fighting with which one to be. I had two choices. Bring chips and dip, revealing my imperfections, or ask to reschedule, and halt the barreling snowball of our romance. The stakes were high.

“You don’t understand,” I hissed to my mother on the phone in a taxi on Columbus Avenue. I was holding a warm Pyrex of melted cheese, canned chicken, and Buffalo sauce. “I have horrible acne! I should turn around right now!”

I was only half kidding. “If you like him so much,” she said, “give him some credit. Did it ever occur to you that he likes you?”

“It just seems so risky,” I said to my mom, “to have to find out if he does.”

I rang his doorbell, presenting the cheese dip, my breakout, and my best smile. He seemed grumpy that his team was losing, and he didn’t eat much dip, but the world did not end.

A few weeks later we went to Long Island for a weekend. I had envisioned myself to be his glamorous duchess with a glass of chardonnay on a waterfront balcony, but we were having so much fun that I surrendered to jumping in the ocean after him, battling him in a sweaty tennis match, racing him on rental bikes, and slurping down matching milkshakes. After all this, my face was naked in the five-o’clock light. “You’re really red,” he said, sort of admiringly, as we walked back to our room hand in hand.

Our beach rental was lofted and sky-lit: no place to hide.

“I’ve never seen you look quite like this,” he said, embracing me. I let the truth of that sink in.

We were married a year later.

These days, when I am getting dressed up before the babysitter comes over, I look in the mirror and hear my mother’s voice again: “I never looked like that.” But I hear it with more nuance. She may have never worn eyeliner and owned hot tools, but she had never felt the need to. She had the confidence not to live in costume. I am learning that prettiness exists in the same spaces as childbirth and sickness and grief and intimacy, and that being seen at my best angle is so much less satisfying than being seen at every angle.

The Best 2019 Labor Day Beauty Sales You Can’t Miss

Deck of Scarlet: The subscription-kit company is offering 35% off everything on its site with the code LABORDAY35 from August 31 through September 3.

Design Essentials: Get your hands on some great deep-moisturizing products for your hair (along with anything else your head needs) while the brand is giving 25% off plus free shipping on all orders over $40.

DHC: The Japanese beauty brand is offering the great deal of $20 back on an $80 purchase using the code BACK2SCHOOL until September 3.

Elemis: From now through Monday, September 2, Elemis is giving $25 off when you spend $100 or more. Also, if you spend $175 or more, you’ll get a free full size of the new Sea Lavender & Samphire Salt Scrub. Use the code LDW19.

EM Cosmetics: From now until September 9, two of the brand’s sets—Daybreak and Nightfall—normally valued at $61 will be on sale for $39. Plus there’s 20% off the rest of the site with the code LABORDAY.

Eterno Skincare: Use the code LABORWAY20 for 20% all products on the brand’s site.

Essence Cosmetics: Load up on some of the brand’s beautifully pigmented color cosmetics from August 30 to September 2 when it’s offering 25% off.

Ethique: Get a sampler of the brand’s body, face, and hair products on Amazon for 10% off from August 30 through September 2.

Face by Camille Rose: Get 15% off anything on the site with the code FACE15 from August 30 through September 2.

Grande Cosmetics: Time to stock up on lipsticks! Spend $75 and save 10% on the entire site, but spend $125 and you’ll get 20% off.

HAI Beauty Concepts: From September 1 until September 5, you’ll receive two free silk pillowcases (valued at $59) with any $75 purchase.

Hempist: The plant-based, vegan brand is giving everyone 20% off all of its products over the holiday weekend.

Hot Tools: In need of some styling help? Get 5% off the Black Gold One-Step Blowout and 24K Gold One-Step Pro Blowout Styler over on Amazon.

It’s a 10 Haircare: Get everything your hair needs for the upcoming change of seasons with 20% off all of the brand’s collections until September 2 with the code LABORDAY.

Jane Iredale: The brand known for its 100% clean mineral makeup and skin-care products is offering 20% off on all of its kits, including the Starter Kit, Pure & Simple Makeup Kit, GreatShape Eyebrow Kit, GreatShape Contour Kit, and Eye Shadow Kit from August 30 through September 2.

Jill Stuart Beauty: Spend at least $50 and get $15 off with the code LABORDAY from August 30 until September 2. Plus, there’s free shipping on all orders.

Julep: Get an extra 60% off the brand’s Farewell Favorites, which have already been marked down, if you spend at least $50.

Kylie Cosmetics: Kylie Jenner’s mega brand is offering BOGO on Lip Kits starting Friday, August 30, at 12 p.m. PT, through Monday, September 2, at 12 p.m. PT.

La Roche-Posay: Stock up on the brand’s cult-favorite Anthelios sunscreen, because you know SPF is needed year-round. Use the code BOOKS to get 25% off all orders of $55 or more from September 2 through September 8.

Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Brow Pencil: See It On 7 Women

When anything Fenty Beauty drops, there’s a palpable buzz in the office, and the team swarms my desk in order to get a peek at the newest product Rihanna has blessed us with. While I understand the enthusiasm for her highlighters and lipsticks, I can’t say I was expecting the flurry of excited Slack messages when I announced Fenty’s new brow pencils had arrived. Not that there’s anything wrong with brow pencils—they just aren’t as exciting to me as a shimmery lip gloss or volume-boosting mascara. But that’s the power of Rihanna.

The Fenty Beauty Brow MVP Ultra Fine Brow Pencil & Styler has an ultra-thin-tipped retractable pencil that the brand claims is smudge-proof and waterproof. On the other side, where you’d usually find a spoolie, is a small paddle-shaped brush that resembles a tiny toothbrush, for evenly smoothing and distributing color. And because this is Fenty we’re talking about, where inclusivity is a priority, the range includes 14 shades—one of the largest on the market for brows—ranging from light blonde to true black. There are even four shades for redheads, w`hich if you are one, you know is nothing short of a dream.

Read on to see Fenty’s new brow pencils on seven women, along with our first impressions.

All the Fashion Brands That Have Introduced Plus Sizes in 2019

In the fashion industry, lip service doesn’t really go very far. Brands and designers can promise to do better and say they care, but it’s the products that do most of the talking. The proof that a brands is listening to its customers, particularly those who wear a size 12 and up, comes from direct action: selling products that fit them—and that look good.

Cases in point are the brands who’ve all extended their size ranges within the last year. There’s no clear underlying thread that ties these labels together. Some specialize in denim, others lingerie; there are ones with super-affordable pieces and others whose designs are reserved for special splurges. However, they’re all examples of the ways the fashion industry has responded to the demand for more style options for women who wear plus sizes while maintaining the aesthetic and quality that makes each item so covetable in the first place. Best of all, these size extensions are intended to stick around for the long run, ushering in a new, more inclusive normal.

Netflix’s ‘Falling Inn Love’ Leans Into Being a Sappy Rom-Com—And You’ll Love Every Minute

“[Movies like Falling Inn Love] are good water-cooler conversation,” she says. “They bring about these good conversations that just randomly happen and trickle out to other people. The word-of-mouth of it all makes you feel kind of cool. Like, ‘I knew about this before,’ or ‘I’m in the same conversation because I watched it too.'”

And if people do watch, they’ll find the movie subverts stereotypes despite being an unapologetic rom-com. Gabriela is a particularly refreshing character; instead of retreating or recoiling after her life in San Francisco implodes, she travels to the other side of the world. That side of the character really resonated with Milian when she read the script.

“In most rom-coms, it’s sometimes a girl who’s going back home to her old life; in this situation she’s not going to anything she’s ever known,” the actor says. “She’s going completely into the unknown.”

“Gabriela is a risk taker,” she continues. “She didn’t let anything bring her down, and from the beginning of the script, she was a go-getter. She’s self-sufficient. She’s realizing some of her dreams and how maybe everything is not landing where she’d like it to be. Sometimes, I think, life is about having these evolutions where you’re like, ‘No, I’m not okay with being stagnant and being in one place.'”

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At its core, Falling Inn Love isn’t meant to be taken seriously. From the far-fetched premise to Jake’s laughably palpable sex appeal—I found myself screaming, “Just take your shirt off!” several times—it has the DNA of your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie. Milian agrees, noting the only difference, really, is the season. Exhibit A: Jake and Gabriela cuddle and flirt over cold beers in this movie, not hot chocolate.

“I don’t know if there’s anything unlikable about rom-coms,” Milian says. “Keep showing the muscles on the guys. Give me more muscles. Give me more bickering. Give me more hot chocolate. I love it all. There’s nothing I wouldn’t take away from any romantic comedy.”

That said, Milian does want viewers take a lot away from Falling Inn Love. Nothing serious, of course, but she would like it to become a staple in people’s rom-com rituals. “I hope they like it enough they want to watch it over and over again,” she says. “I love making movies that become family traditions or something people go back to. I hope Falling Inn Love is that type of film.”

‘Mommy, How Did You Get So Fat?’

Trigger warning: The following contains language describing eating-disorder behaviors.

The other day I was driving in the car with my eight-year-old son, Braeden, when out of nowhere he asked me, “Mommy, how did you get so fat?” At first I was really caught off guard by his comment. Despite the fact that I openly talk about my weight on the internet to my 20,000 followers, and I’m actually a public speaker on the topic, it’s different when it’s with your own kid. I had to take a deep breath and remind myself: I always knew this moment would come. I’m a visibly fat person—there’s no denying that—so while it stung, I was glad he was asking. It meant it was time to have “the conversation.”

I told Braeden that all bodies are good bodies. That Mommy is short and fat, but look how much Mommy loves going to the park with you. Or how we enjoy picking out nourishing foods at the grocery store that make our bellies feel good. I told him that being fat isn’t a bad thing. It’s just how Mommy looks.

This was the first time Braeden and I had spoken about my body directly, but it certainly wasn’t the first time my weight has come up around him. A few years ago we were at the park together, sitting with a group of moms and their children, when this little kid said, “She’s so fat!” It didn’t make me upset. I just looked at the kid (whose mother was horrified) and said, “Yeah, I’m fat and that’s okay.” Part of my advocacy is promoting being open and honest with kids about fatness, to normalize that bodies come in all kinds of forms instead of making them think it’s something they should be ashamed by. So when it happened again at a birthday party, I just said, “Yes, I exist in a bigger body, and that’s okay because all bodies look different.” But it wasn’t until the other day, in the car, that my son was ready to talk about it.

In some ways I’ve been preparing for the conversation his whole life. From the time Braeden was born, I really tried not to talk about my own body in a negative context, because I never wanted him to start thinking about his body that way. I put my scale away so he would never see how gaining just one ounce had the ability to ruin my day. I turn off shows full of fat jokes and make sure we talk about those kinds of comments on TV. And I’ve always taught him that no matter what someone looks like, they shouldn’t be judged for it or treated any differently.

Lately my focus has been on making Braeden feel good in his body. He’s recently gotten a little heavier, and he’s started getting bullied at school. My husband and I enrolled him in swim lessons, and we’ve all started taking more walks together—but we make sure to never say we’re doing it because of his belly that’s starting to form. Instead we’re very careful to talk about being more active as a family. Before his next visit to the pediatrician, I’ll be writing a letter so the nurses and doctor know that talking about his BMI is off-limits. That she will not be recommending this new WW app for kids, or any diet.

Whitney Way Thore Is Changing Reality TV for Fat Women

On the surface the show’s title (My Big Fat Fabulous Life) may seem that it’s leaning into the infantilizing “fat best friend” archetype, presenting Thore as a one-dimensional character who’s constantly upbeat. And the show’s branding, at times, certainly gives off that vibe: Thore is happy and smiley in the photos, where she wears whimsical skirts and strikes “sassy” poses. However, Thore tells me it’s when the cameras aren’t rolling that she feels the need to be the “fat best friend.”


“I definitely do feel that pressure to maintain this really happy facade,” Thore says. “Something that I really don’t like is when I’m not happy or bubbly and I’m upset about something from the way society is treating me, a lot of people will say, ‘Whitney, why do you even care? It doesn’t matter.’ You can be happy and confident and also not happy about harassment, abuse, doctors not giving you good medical care, and fat discrimination.”

This type of complexity is what you see on My Big Fat Fabulous Life. Thore says she’s never felt any type of pressure from TLC to dilute her issues or present herself as the “fat best friend.” And as far as the show’s title is concerned, she owns it.

“I love the name,” she says. “To me, it really embodies everything the content is about and everything I’m about. It juxtaposes the word fat with the word fabulous, which I think is really important. Sometimes haters will be like, ‘Your life isn’t fabulous, blah, blah, blah,’ but my life is fabulous.”

Thore especially loves the title in comparison to those aforementioned plus-size shows—the ones that make fat synonymous with sad.

“I think there are two extremes. I feel like when you see fat people on TV, it’s either the ‘funny fat friend’ or a weight-loss show, where fat people are miserable,” Thore says. “And if TLC’s going to pick one way to brand me right now—we mostly deal with happy or miserable—I’d for sure go with happy.”

So when will fat representation on reality TV go beyond these two extremes? My Big Fat Fabulous Life is a happy medium, but it’s a diamond in the rough. And Thore thinks we still have a ways to go. “In movies, when was the last time you saw a fat person and their weight was never mentioned?” she says. “It just doesn’t happen. That’s where we are as a society. I don’t feel like we’ll be anywhere close to change in 20 years. I wish. But I think that’s definitely the goal.”

Whitney Way Thore, holding her memoir, I Do It With the Lights On, which was released in March 2016

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To be fair, there is some positive plus-size representation on reality TV beyond Thore. Women like Tokyo Vanity from Love & Hip-Hop and Tanisha Thomas of Bad Girls Club fame are at least bringing body diversity into the mix⁠—but this still isn’t the norm. The Bachelor, for instance, is notorious for having only thin female contestants. The show broke new ground, somewhat, in 2015, when it featured plus-size model Bo Stanley as a candidate, but she was cut the first week.

Ashley Nicole Black Is Having a Big Bitch Summer

I recently declared it Big Bitch Summer on Twitter—and it went viral. The idea for it came to me one day as I was scrolling through my timeline and just saw so much fat shaming. There were a few examples, but the one that really stuck with me was a video of a teenage girl wearing a T-shirt and shorts at church. When she went to the bathroom, an older woman followed her in to berate her about her body. According to this person, big girls aren’t supposed to wear shorts.

The girl is filming the exchange and crying as the woman tells her that she “shouldn’t come back to church” until she changes. It’s clear the woman feels so sure what she’s doing is good, which is insane. People have this idea that fat people don’t know we’re fat. That we need to be told. As if it might come as a surprise to us that we’re visible people in the world and that others can see us. It’s inconceivable to them that we might be able to look in a mirror and feel fine about what stares back at us.

I decided I wasn’t going to write a whole thing about the video but instead would attempt to fight it with some positive vibes. I thought, What’s the opposite of shame? To me, it was Big Bitch Summer—a season inspired by Megan Thee Stallion’s now iconic Hot Girl Summer, where we’re not hiding our bodies and instead going that extra mile to have a good time.

People started responding to my tweet with their bikini pictures, selfies, and messages complimenting each other. I didn’t see a single negative response. For once, the timeline was all joy. There was one picture of a black woman on the beach in her bikini, giving the camera the biggest smile. We should all be able to smile and do the most on the beach. That’s what I think Big Bitch Summer is all about, having a great time instead of waiting for someone else to do it for you.

I’ve been channeling this energy while working on my new series, A Black Lady Sketch Show. I star on it alongside Robin Thede, Quinta Brunson, and Gabrielle Dennis—and those women will not let you have a bad day. Even if you come to work just wearing a ponytail and a T-shirt, Robin will be like, “Okay, T-shirt! I see you, casual look!”

I’ve been surrounded by female positivity in every arena this summer, and it’s felt great. From the writers to the cast to the hair, makeup, and wardrobe departments—I am surrounded by women supporting me in my work. It’s a great feeling, and it really supercharged my creativity. There was one scene where I had a long, very technically difficult monologue in front of a roomful of extras. That’s tough for any actor, but I felt confident because I knew my whole crew had my back. Then, after my first take, Robin cried because she was so proud of me.