Kardashian komplicity: Performing post-feminist beauty

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This article explores complicity by way of beauty, post-feminist neo-liberalism and the Kardashian-Jenner family. I begin by contextualizing complicity and outlining my approach to beauty. I assert that dismissals of the family as vulgar stem from sexist and femmephobic interpretations of their hypersexual, hyperfeminine gender performances, and the genre they are most famous for: reality television. Alongside this, I point to the neo-liberal post-feminist discourses utilized by the family in their presentation of beauty work. The Kardashian-Jenners should be approached from a feminist perspective, with appropriate nuance and reflexivity. Acknowledgement of complicity (theirs and mine) provides the space to do this.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153 - 172
JournalCritical Studies in Fashion & Beauty
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2 Jan 2016


  • Kardashians
  • reality television
  • femininity
  • beauty
  • neoliberalism
  • postfeminism


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