Kylie Jenner Says She’s A Feminist, So You Can Stop Losing Sleep Over It

Insomnia is a hell of it’s own. You’ll find yourself crippled with the knowledge that you should be sleeping, while it’s impossible to quiet your overrun mind. There are so many things you can spend your time considering and regretting instead of sleeping: What if you had revealed your feelings to that sexy bassoonist in band camp?! Is it really possible that there are millions of aliens you’ve never met? But most importantly, is Kylie Jenner a feminist?!

For those endless nights you’ve spent tortured by that last question, you can now rest your tired eyes knowing that Kylie has finally — finally goddamnit — revealed that yes, she is a feminist. Despite the fact that the Kardashian sisters as a whole are often under fire for their image, which is considered reductive or “too sexualized” by many, Kylie revealed in her recent cover story for Glamour that she not only identifies as feminist, but hopes to inspire young girls with her business savvy.

While her range of business ventures impressively include and her line of Kylie Cosmetics, a line of clothing and accessories with her sister appropriately named Kendall & Kylie, as well as as lines at Pac Sun and Top Shop, it’s a little difficult to view her success as a bootstrap feminist victory given the enormous amount of wealth and branding she was born into. I mean, you can’t begrudge someone their privilege, and I’m generally not here to challenge anyone’s legitimacy as a feminist, but…yeah. But.


Even so, she set the record straight with Glamour, giving us curious insomniacs a final respite:

“I do consider myself a feminist. I’m a young woman, for one thing, and I don’t depend on a man or anybody else. I make my own money and start my own businesses, and I feel like I’m an inspiration for a lot of young girls who want to stand on their own.”

I am relieved (as I’m sure the rest of the world is) to know that one of the most privileged 18-year-old women alive believes that women indeed are humans worthy of respect and basic rights. I’m exhausted with the empty trend of asking every celebrity whether they identify as feminist, without there ever being any actual follow-up actions that empower young women palpably (I’m talking politically or financially, not just through “being yourself”). I’d be openly excited about this feminist revelation and more apt to believe Kylie Jenner wanted to lift young girls up if she paid her factory workers fairly. It would be, ya know, a fucking good start.


I am wrong in my judgement, of course, if we’re once again defining feminism as the ability to climb the ladder and shit on and exploit less privileged women as competently as men historically have. If that’s the yardstick by which we’re measuring feminism, I have a looooong list of celebrities who, like Kylie, are ragingly good feminists.