IN early August, the Kardashian clan descended to the Craig Los Angeles hotspot in all their color-matched finale for the 21st anniversary of the newly minted Kylie Jenner.
In the Barbie-themed bash, sisters Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, together with Queen Mother Kris Jenner, posed for a family portrait – they smiled softly and raised six middle fingers.
Think of it as their version of the royal wave.
Fun or not, the Kardashians have climbed from reality TV stars – famous for sex movies, plastic surgery and gunshots – to the royal family of America. Critics have discounted the clan as an unfortunate trap on the cultural radar. But the ladies have gained their 15 minutes of fame and created a dynasty that is perhaps the most powerful in the world.
In May Kim successfully lobbied against President Trump to pass the prison sentence of a 63-year-old grandmother, Alice Marie Johnson, who had been serving drug money for over 20 years.
Kylie, meanwhile, personally handled Snapchat's stock in February – sending it plummeting $ 1.3 billion – with a derogatory tweet about the redesign of the social media platform. That is true power.
And they do not just make waves in the world of social justice and business. The interracial relations of the family long ago changed the social standards before the Windsor family was showered with praise for the wedding of Prince Harry with the mixed race Meghan Markle.
For many, the Kardashians are the highlight of the American dream. Queen Kim, the first on the spot, stood out from the Los Angeles version of nothing (the Paris Hilton closet organizer) into a multi-millionaire with direct access to the president of the United States.
People want what the Kardashians have – the "Happy Birthday" Rolls-Royces, the diamonds that are worthy of robbing, the guts to get a ear reduction, so the diamonds are just right. Unlike in England, where royal onlookers scream when Kate Middleton or Markle wear a high street brand, in the US, the more exaggerated the Kardashians purchases, the greater the response.
But like any good monarchy, the Kardashians realize that they must at least seem accessible. The Windsors have their walkabouts, where they stroll through picturesque village streets and make their loyal subjects happy.
The Kardashians are involved with fans on Instagram – the collective of the sisters has a total of almost 500 million. If an ordinary person places a flattering comment under one of the brothers 's photo' s, there is always a chance that their icon will consider a direct response worthy.
Conscious of the fact that the plebes can not afford their lifestyle, the Kardashians hack their own version of royal memorabilia: US $ 29 (A $ 40) Kylie Jenner lip kits and US $ 149 (A $ 205) Good American jeans ( that is the line of Khloé).
Do you want to prove even more that the Kardashians are more powerful than the Windsors? In contrast to the real royal family, the sisters are relieved by almost 10 centuries of tradition and protocol. In June it was reported that Markle got a slap on the pulse because he told an Irish politician that she was "happy" with the pro-abortion vote of that country – against the politically neutral attitude of the monarchy.
The queen stirs tea, not the pot.
Kim & Co. may keep mum about their political preferences – to prevent them from losing a red or blue state fan – but they are not afraid to publicly discuss high-profile issues.
In July 2016 Kim tried to expose the American lover, Taylor Swift, as two faces. After Swift publicly portrayed surprise about how she was name-controlled in the lyrics of a song, famous, by Kim & # 39; s husband, rapper Kanye West, Kim Snapchatted a video of West warning Swift from one of the more controversial rules – and Swift gave her blessing.
One way the Kardashians are like the Windsors: sometimes they have to keep each other in line. In April, after the notoriously pronounced West posted a series of tweets in which he praised Trump, he retired and wrote: "My wife just called me and she wanted me to make it clear to everyone." I do not agree with everything Trump I'm not 100% with anyone other than me. "
Here is another one: many Brits think the royals should be banned because they are a waste of tax money. Many Americans want the Kardashians to leave because they make the country look sticky and materialistic.
And just as the members of the royal family are the champions – Prince Harry for HIV / AIDS, Prince William for community development in Africa – the Kardashians have increased social consciousness.
"I've never seen anyone on TV do such a good job because he was so inclusive and so diverse," says Ian Halperin, author of the book Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America & # 39; s Royal Family.
There is no doubt that the conversation about gender acceptance has been positively influenced in a positive way thanks to the father of Kylie and Kendall, Caitlyn (not Bruce) Jenner, who will be public in 2015 as a transgender. Although Bruce was already famous as Olympic champion, the clear truth is that his profile was exponentially increased by the success of his daughters and stepdaughters. would Vanity Fair I put Caitlyn on the cover if she had not spent eight years E! like the goofy dad of the clan?
They also break down racial barriers. Three of the sisters – Kim, Khloé and Kylie – have children with black men.
"I think every leader of citizens' rights would praise them for what they did," said Halperin. "You see people from all ethnic backgrounds and backgrounds on their show and that is one of the strongest parts of what they have achieved."
Like the Windsors, the Kardashian family is a matriarchy with a Queen Mother – Kris – who pulls the strings behind the scenes. She organizes the performances and business deals of her daughters with royal precision, and ensures that every member of her queen has a maximum impact.
But so that you do not think that the Kardashian monarchy is a fad that will fade over time, be warned: this year alone, three new children were born among the sisters. There are nine small Kardashian princes and princesses. One of Kim's children has already appeared in a Fendi ad campaign and two grace in the September cover of Harper & # 39; s Bazaar. For God's sake, Kourtney's son is called Reign!
Although Kim has long been considered the most famous sister, Kylie – America & # 39; s youngest "self-made" billionaire – is slurping on her heels and ready to claim her title. Whoever conquers the throne, one thing is certain – it will be a great coronation.
This story originally appeared in the New York Post and is being republished here with permission.