Director Katie Hindley spent over a year crafting “House of Kardashian,” a three-part docuseries that offers a fresh perspective on the iconic Kardashian family. Unlike most portrayals, this series is unique because it was made without the family’s direct involvement. Kris Jenner and the Kardashian clan opted not to participate in the project, making it an independent exploration of their legacy.
In “House of Kardashian,” Katie Hindley aims to contextualize the Kardashian women within historical and social frameworks. The series delves into their humble beginnings, including Kris’s journey from infomercial queen to the influential “momager” she is today. It also touches on pivotal moments like Kim Kardashian’s s*x tape, showcasing how the family’s rise to fame was intertwined with broader cultural shifts.
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The Kardashians’ Cultural Impact
Hindley likens the Kardashians to a memorable Meryl Streep monologue from “The Devil Wears Prada,” where fashion’s influence on society is emphasized. In a similar vein, Hindley argues that the Kardashians have left an indelible mark on pop culture, whether people are consciously aware of it or not. She suggests that almost everyone has been influenced by the family, from selfies and makeup trends to fashion choices.
Notable Figures in the Docuseries
“House of Kardashian” features various figures sharing their insights, ranging from former employees to friends like “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis. However, the appearance that has generated the most buzz is Caitlyn Jenner, Kris Jenner’s ex-spouse. Caitlyn’s comments in the series’ trailer, where she mentions Kim’s calculated path to fame, have intrigued viewers. Hindley believes Caitlyn participated out of genuine concern for her family and their portrayal.
Exploring the Mystery of Kim’s S*x Tape
The docuseries delves into the longstanding mystery surrounding Kim Kardashian’s s*x tape. While it doesn’t definitively solve the mystery, Hindley suggests they’ve come as close as possible without Kim and Kris’s direct input. The documentary raises questions about the tape’s release and Kim’s role in it.
The Kardashians’ Intentions and Work Ethic Hindley emphasizes that everything the Kardashian women do is intentional. She views them as intelligent individuals who make deliberate decisions to create their brand and profit from it. She challenges the misconception that they’re simply “famous for being famous” and asserts that they work strategically to maintain their image.
The series also explores the cultural landscape of the 2000s, including issues of misogyny. Hindley notes that the Kardashians gained fame during a period of economic downturn when people sought light-hearted entertainment. Over the years, they’ve garnered a dedicated fan base, especially among women who see them as empowered individuals in control of their destinies.
Celebrating Female Empowerment
Despite the polarizing opinions surrounding the Kardashians, Hindley acknowledges their ability to attract attention and financial success. She applauds their achievements as women without relying on men, a unique phenomenon among dynasty families. This achievement, she believes, merits recognition amid the criticism they receive. Hindley underscores that society’s transformation over the years is reflected in the Kardashians’ journey. Kris Jenner’s transition from a housewife to a powerful figure building her fortune exemplifies this evolution. The docuseries sheds light on how the family has navigated societal changes, especially in terms of women’s roles.