Kendall Jenner decided for her first ever Elle cover story she wanted to talk to someone she knew well: Lana Del Rey.
In the profile from this month’s issue of the magazine, the 22-year-old model and reality star chats with the singer about a wide range of subjects, from their own friendship, to suffering from anxiety, and the toxicity of social media.
After Del Rey mentions her own struggles with anxiety, Jenner relates. “It’s interesting; ever since I said something about being anxious, a lot of people in the spotlight have come to me, being like, ‘Oh my God, me too!’ There’s this community,” she says. “I take what they do to help themselves and piece it together to find what helps me.”
Jenner practises Transcendental Meditation to cope, and at night she says she likes to cool off by watching “The Trailer Park Boys”, explaining, “I love it; it’s so stupid.”
Then there’s Jenner’s family, which provides its own kind of anxiety. “Every time I think it’s eased up, someone’s popping out a baby,” she says.
She admits that it took some time to process when her younger sister, 20-year-old Kylie, gave birth. “It’s obviously a bit weird that your little sister is having a baby before you,” she says. “I didn’t expect it to happen like this. But it’s beautiful. It’s brought us closer together. We’ve always been very close but we would butt heads all the time. This has made her a bit more loving toward me.”
Talking about how she and Del Rey first met at Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding rehearsal at the Palace of Versailles, Jenner says, “I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so awesome and, like, magical in person.’ You were probably like, She’s just a little girl.”
Asked if they have plans to collaborate, Del Rey says, “I’m sure we’ll do something at some point. It might not even be a video. We have so many mutual friends. It could be something avant-garde, like a little art project.”
Jenner also says that despite her massive presence on social media, it does get to her sometimes.
“It’s an addiction,” she says. “I’ll be at dinner with my good friends, and I’ll look at someone on their phone. They’re not texting someone, which I could accept. Maybe they’re talking about something important, or figuring out an email? No, they’re on Instagram and Twitter. It really does irk me.”
She adds that she has trained herself to avoid ever looking at comments on her posts. “A couple of years ago, someone started using Kylie’s and my pages as a way to promote themselves,” she explains. “At first, I was annoyed by it, but now I feel like it’s a blessing—it’s trained me to not look at my comments, ever.”