This morning, images disseminated across our news feeds of Kim Kardashian West channeling Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, with a sleek Dalmatian clutched firmly in one hand, while a young North West balances yearningly from her couture clad hip.
Although, while we marvelled at Kardashian West's iconic embodiment of the former American First Lady, it was revealed that behind the facade of perfectly curated images masks some rather concerning cracks in the Kardashian/West foundation.
Filling in for Kelly Ripa, on Live with Kelly and Ryan, Kardashian West candidly discussed her struggle with sibling conflict, revealing that four-year-old North has never accepted her one-year-old brother Saint.
When asked about the parallels between the Kardashian sisters and her own children, Kardashian West revealed that there was huge disparity.
“So different, so different. I mean, I don’t know if it’s because she’s the older sister. I don’t know what it is. I thought it was a phase. She does not like her brother,” Kardashian West responded.
While Kardashian West’s comment initially garnered a humorous reaction, the comical ambiance soon transitioned into a somber tone, as it was made apparent that the disheartening divide was more than a case of mundane sibling disputes.
“I thought it was like, ‘OK, a couple months; she's just warming up to it.' She got so jealous when I would breastfeed and all that stuff. Now, the phase isn't going away!”
While many modern parents are trialed under the demands of “first child syndrome,” as it is commonly branded, in which the eldest sibling faces an adjustment period where they must come to terms with a restructured family hierarchy, Kardashian West’s turmoil arises the question, when should this adjustment period meet its expiration?
Though it may seem reassuring to uncover that even the Kardashian dynasty is not immune to the inherent challenges of child rearing, Kardashian West’s confession has commendably provoked a platform for discussion, one that sheds light on a common yet distressing family divide.
While we have hope that North will eventually warm to her younger brother, for now, it appears that only one thing is for certain: a second generation of Keeping up with the Kardashians is not likely.