In her debut cover for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Kim Kardashian wrote a letter to her younger self about the growth she’s experienced.
The SKIMS founder, joined three other cover models, including Ciara, model and activist Maye Musk and rising model Yumi Nu as part of the 2022 issue launch, which strives to build diversity and empowerment. “The journey we’ve been on — to break out of the mold the world put us in — may sound familiar. It’s certainly familiar to the women we’ve chosen to be our cover models: Maye, Ciara, Yumi, Kim,” MJ Day, editor in chief of SI Swimsuit, said in a statement. “Of course, Kim, no stranger to the world’s judgment, continues to live proudly, authentically and unapologetically through the noise.”
Kardashian, 41, wrote to her younger self, “It’s easy to say to just ignore the criticism, but another thing you’ll learn is that at some point it will click in your head that it’s not about you anymore. It’s about family. It’s about helping other people. For years you’ll be putting yourself out there… But you’re going to become a more private person and you’re going to come to realize that the way to get your story out there—the actual narrative, the truth—isn’t by engaging but by doing.”
The mom of four added that part of her journey is a constant evolution to strive to learn and achieve more. “But know this,” she continued. “When you get here, to May 2022, you’re not going to be content. You’re still going to be looking for that next ‘it…’ And when you find it, you’re going to do it — we’re going to do it — like we always do: to the fullest.”
Commenting on her model moment, Kardashian told the publication, “I vividly remember Tyra Banks on the cover and women with curves, I remember thinking that was just so cool. But I still thought you had to be a professional model and a runway model. It was always really young girls. I don’t want to date myself or sound old,” she continued, adding of her age, “But in my 40s? That’s crazy! I never thought in a million years that I would be shooting one myself.”
As we previously reported, the reality star revealed she was learning how to style herself and find herself once again since her split from West.
“I’m trying to figure out, who am I in the fashion world, or who am I by myself?,” Kardashian revealed on a recent episode of The Kardashians. “I was always ‘The Kardashians’ with my sisters, and then I was ‘Kimye.’ Like, who is Kim K? That is the jump. How do I get there without Kanye?”