Even though it’s been two weeks since they’ve officially transitioned from a mere couple to coparents, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott haven’t been spotted together in months—not even just IRL, but also on social media, which is of course the Kardashian family’s environment of choice.
Since Stormi’s birth on February 1, Jenner has slowly begun to return to posting, Instagramming two selfies over the last few days. Perhaps because their barely two-week old infant has already broken a social media record, though, on Thursday night, she and Scott decided to make like their child and step things up, officially reuniting in their first photo together since Stormi’s birth on Scott’s Snapchat.
Ah, if only things were so simple. Instead of including Stormy in their first family portrait—especially since one of the few reports that emerged about Jenner post-baby is that she’d return to social media as a mommy blogger—the couple instead opted for a whole bunch of gibberish—the upside-down text “bdjxjkdn” obscures their faces in unmissable hot pink glowing letters. Since she took care to note that she “understand[s] you’re used to bringing me along on all my journeys” in her apology for hiding her pregnancy, perhaps the text is just confirmation of how confusing this whole rumor-filled baby journey has been for all of us?
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On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like too long before we’ll be seeing the newfound family together, if reports that Scott has cut down on work to help out with parenting are true. As of yet, they do not officially live together and reportedly have no plans to get married. But if some of the many, many rumors are to be believed, then at least Kanye West won’t be needing to hold any more “serious man-to-man” talks with Scott, who’s been dating Kylie since April of last year.
Indeed, there’s another indication in the pair’s cryptic selfie that Scott might be more a responsible parent than he’s appeared to have been lately: His and Jenner’s faces are also obscured by medical face masks. Of course, they could have just been messing around or taking a sartorial hint from the street style stars who proved you can’t spell “influencer” without “flu” at New York Fashion Week. Whether purposely or inadvertently, though, their photo also doubles as a PSA of just how deadly the viral infection is this season, particularly when it comes to children. For the sake of their baby, then, here’s yet another naggingly parental reminder to get your flu shots, kids!
A Celebration of Kylie Jenner’s 20 Years of Not Letting the Critics Get Her Down
In 2011, Tyga and Kylie first met at Kendall Jenner’s Sweet Sixteen, where the rapper performed. Kylie was 14 at the time. Three years later, Tyga ended his engagement with Blac Chyna, the mother of his son King Cairo—and shortly after, began appearing on Kylie’s Instagram, prompting rumors they were dating. Both Kylie and Tyga denied the relationship—though it was the subject of a line in Drake’s “6 p.m. in New York” and the topic of some scathing words from Amber Rose—until the following year, when Kanye West let slip on The Breakfast Club. The gist of the controversy: Kylie and Tyga’s wide age gap, and the appearance that he left Blac Chyna for a teenager.
After Kylie launched Kylie Cosmetics with her eponymous lip kits, some beauty bloggers noted distinct similarities to ColourPop’s far more affordable range; parent company Seed Cosmetics later confirmed it manufactured both ColourPop and Kylie Cosmetics.
Kylie Cosmetics has been at the center of many of its founder’s controversies over the past two years—both because of the beauty brand itself, and because it has presented Kylie with a massive platform. For the brand’s Holiday 2016 campaign, which debuted in September, it released an image of gold-painted fingers framing a deep, cranberry lip—mirroring almost exactly an image by makeup artist Vlada Haggerty. Haggerty filed a suit against Kylie Cosmetics, but the feud was resolved before any court battle began.
Considering the previous Tyga drama, someone might have advised Kylie that naming one of her new blushes “Barely Legal” might not be the best plan.
Earlier this year, Kylie, one of the celebrity faces of Puma (like Rihanna, and like The Weeknd), appeared in a campaign in which she was depicted mid-running stride, in one image, and springing up into the air as if on a trampoline, in another. Just as her sister Kendall before her was criticized for appearing in a ballet-themed Vogue España editorial, Kylie was criticized for ostensibly taking the place of a real athlete in the campaign. Complaints about her running form—her feet not flexed properly, her knees not at the right angle—abounded, and then subsided in time for Kylie to appear in another campaign several months later.
Just after her brother Rob Kardashian was embroiled in his own controversy with ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna (the same Blac Chyna who was once engaged to Tyga), Kylie tapped her brother, sock entrepreneur and founder of Arthur George, to collaborate with Kylie Cosmetics. Many questioned the timing of the collaboration, as it was unveiled just after Rob had unleashed an Instagram tirade, including several graphic photos (that Chyna had not consented to be released), against his former girlfriend.
In the midst of building a beauty empire, Kylie also manages to balance collaborating with her elder sister Kendall on their Kendall + Kylie clothing label. As part of the brand’s most recent drop, the sisters debuted new “vintage” merch, featuring iconic images of the likes of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. with Kendall and Kylie’s own likenesses splashed over the front. The families and estates of the late rappers, as well as other artists featured in the collection, immediately struck back—and the tees were promptly pulled from Kendall + Kylie. (Since then, Kendall + Kylie has been struck by several lawsuits.)