Kendall Jenner: ‘I’m ridiculously OCD. Order gives me a complete feeling’


Kendall Jenner covers the latest “special issue” of Allure Magazine. I mean… this is the October issue, so I’m not sure what makes this a special issue, but sure. Branding, I guess. Exclusivity. Hype. Kendall Jenner? Ordinarily, I find Kendall’s editorial work and interviews to be the gossip equivalent of watching paint dry. This editorial is boring/fine to me – they didn’t Photoshop her that much, her clothes are sort of interesting and her expression isn’t set to “dead-eyed.” Surprisingly though, I didn’t completely hate the interview – you can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Her phone screensaver: “It’s really obnoxious,” she says, gleefully showing me a text bubble that reads “I gave you a boner, don’t ignore me.”

Staying mysterious on social media: “I want my Instagram to look good. You go through people’s pages and it’s all, like, selfies or their butts. I love a good belfie—don’t get me wrong. I post those every once in a while.”

She’s BFFs with Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, & Hailey Baldwin: “This is going to sound really, really lame, but we all call ourselves the Super Natural Friend Group because we all have such cool individual lives and we’ve been dreaming about them since we were so young. I’m a Scorpio, so I stick to people. If I love you, I love you. If I don’t like you, you’re screwed.”

She doesn’t live on social media: “I find it offensive if you’re with someone at a dinner and they’re just sitting on their phone the whole time. I take that personally. Like, am I not interesting enough for you to talk to me? It’s so crazy because even though we talk about trying to be present, everyone wants to be in the future now. I definitely have close friends, and even some family members, who are so connected to their phone and can’t get off of it.”

A story about Kylie: “It was the first time we had ever been to this beautiful place, and we were sitting in a car,” she says. “I was just zoning out, taking it all in. And Kylie wouldn’t put her phone down. I’m like, ‘That’s so crazy to me that you’re not experiencing this.’ That was the moment it kind of clicked for me. And I didn’t like it. So sometimes I delete Instagram or Twitter or Snapchat off my phone for a couple days.”

She’s very OCD: She doesn’t really drink alcohol (unless she’s “in Europe and it’s legal”). She likes to bake cupcakes, cookies, and “insane maple scones from scratch.” She prizes neatness. “Oh, I’m ridiculously OCD. Order gives me a complete feeling, like everything is good.”

Her dating life:
“I just—my personal life, I’m so young. Whoever I’m dating, or going to be dating, is young, too. So I don’t think it’s figured out. Do you know what I mean? So if I don’t know what it is, I’d rather not let everyone else know.”

[From Allure]

I know people with actual obsessive-compulsive disorder who hate when celebrities throw around their self-diagnosed “OCD” label like it’s just something cute and quirky. There are degrees of OCD, of course, but I doubt Kendall is even a high-functioning obsessive-compulsive. She’s probably just an organized person who likes things done a certain way. Which is not the same thing as OCD. As for this? “We all call ourselves the Super Natural Friend Group because we all have such cool individual lives…” Girl, the Super Natural Friend Group???? No!!


Photos courtesy of Allure.

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  1. Anna says:

    As someone with actual, crippling OCD, she can f-k right off. This just minimizes so much of what people are actually struggling with.

    • Frida says:

      Same. Crippling is the word. It enrages me when people throw OCD around like it’s charming or funny. If they only knew what it was like to be actually debilitated by your obsessions and compulsions.

    • Ji-yun says:

      Agree. It’s like when people with no mental illness say “Oh, I’m a little bi-polar today!” or “Feeling a little schizo and stabby right now”. Crass and so very minimizing of the struggles that those with those conditions have to put up with.

    • Chell says:

      Thank you. I went through years of therapy to even begin deal with my OCD, yet a–holes think they can use it as a cute “personality trait”. Nothing makes my blood boil more these days.

    • Just wanted to say hugs to all your fabulous ladies, I would not qualify it as OCD but I do have certain ticks pertaining to my anxiety of things that HAVE to be a certain way or I won’t do/touch them and yeah…it’s not cute, fun, or quirky. It becomes disruptive and upsetting.

      Stay strong, hugs again.

      • Annetommy says:

        I had a colleague who was a psychiatrist who specialised in treating people with OCD. Some of his patients had scabbed and bleeding hands from washing them upwards of 70 times a day. This girl is ignorant.

      • Anna says:

        you all are wonderful. sending hugs to all those struggling with this wildly misunderstood disorder. onward and upward. xx

  2. Melody says:

    Bless her heart, she likes things tidy. Until she has a running list of things that must be done in a particular way at a particular time or she will face her own personal Armageddon, she should go get treated for her foot-in-mouth disease.

  3. Little Darling says:

    I was going to say, real OCD isn’t like, oh man I like a neat and orderly house. It’s more like I will walk by my desk 40 times and check to make sure the pens are all facing the same way, I’ll fix them, and then I’ll wash my hands for an hour.

    Saying Type A would definitely be more accurate, although I’ve also met a lot of self proclaimed Type As who aren’t actually.

    Why can’t people just say, “I thrive in a clean and tidy environment, so I make it a priority and when I take the time to organize it feels cathartic.”

  4. AlleyCat says:

    She doesn’t want the public to know about her dating life, but YOU KNOW her team is the one that leaks stories about being involved with Harry Styles, ASAP Rocky, etc. I also think she’s gay so maybe her real love life is actually private and she’s telling the truth. Also, her Instagram is basically just pictures of herself, so nice try Jan.

    Super natural friend group? Why, because they were all born extremely privileged and never worked hard in their life?

    Something nice-I like the last picture of her. I love that color lipstick.

    • Crowdhood says:

      I wil fall on my corny sword for Kendall- I have a group text with some female friends and we call ourselves the dream girl squad. I’m 31 and married. Some of us are just corny losers, ok 😉

  5. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    Those photos of her by Patrick Demalchier are amazing. (Love the floral blouse one especially) No wonder the cover shot is so good!

  6. Moon says:

    Her interviews read like a very average teenager who thinks she’s so funny and different, when she’s about as quirky and special as your next snow cone. Boring. She’s not ridiculously ocd, just ridiculous.

    • Val says:

      Yeah pretty much.
      Though sometimes when I read these interviews of young celebrities, I wonder what I would have answered at that age…

  7. Pansy says:

    Look at that shade she threw her sisters….no butts? No selfies?? Hahaha

  8. Michelina says:

    I actually do think that she’s the different one in the family. Don’t get me wrong, they all love fame and self exposure, but she’s the least active on social media and the only one with a real job, so there is that.

    • Eleonor says:

      because she is the only one with a different career: she has been working steadely as a model for years now (hate to admit it) and she is the only one with her original face.

      • Sunny says:

        She’s had work done, it’s just more subtle than her sisters’ (for now).

      • G says:

        Oh yeah, Sunny is right: she has definitely had work done. The difference is that she went for more of a ‘natural’ enhancement than a whole new face.

  9. Egla says:

    For a while during the uni days I started feeling the need to do things a certain way. First started with showering. I wanted more than one BUT we had no running water for most of the day (dark times) soo I had to give up but I felt bad all the time. Then there was the order, like I would lay down to sleep at night and get up because I didn’t like the way things were in my room. I would do it several times.
    I wasn’t talking to anybody about this because people already thought I was weird (in a funny way) but finally I read somewhere that sometimes due to stress and difficulties in our lives we try to find solace in putting everything we could in some kind of order, like taking control over things we could. My school was very stressful for me, we had every semester 10 exams (written and oral) plus a lot of class work etc so I was stressed out and it was my way of coping. Otherwise I am pretty organized and clean. I keep everything tidy and I have a very organized desk at work. I just put a paper out of place here and there so not to scare people off. But no I don’t think I have OCD.
    I am sorry for people who do but I just want to say that it’s difficult for those who don’t to fully sympathies and if they use some of those expressions they just do it to put a name to what they do that’s out of ordinary or just try to make fun of a situation. I tell everybody just put a smile on your face and don’t get upset about little things