Jordyn Woods: ‘I know that I’m a black woman and I love being a black woman’

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Jordyn Woods covers the September issue of Cosmopolitan UK, and my first thought was “really, the shunned friend of a reality star is worthy of a September cover?” But Cosmo UK is just all-digital now and honestly, Jordyn’s interview was really good. Like, surprisingly good. Jordyn used to be famous for being Kylie Jenner’s live-in BFF. Then Jordyn was kicked out of Kardashian-Jenner World after she kissed Tristan Thompson (or let him kiss her) and Khloe basically lost her mind about it. Jordyn is still piecing together her life post-Kardashian but she sounds… fine. You can read the full interview here. Some highlights:

Where she is now: “Life is crazy. A lot can happen in four years. There’s been so much that’s happened in my life, I feel like I’m so old.”

On Tristan Thompson kissing her: “I didn’t know how to feel. I was like, ‘That didn’t just happen.’ I [told him] ‘I need to go.’ I was leaving already so I walked out immediately. I got in the car. I was in shock…. You know that saying, ‘I feel so alone in a room full of people’? I went through a phase of thinking, ‘I’m going to isolate myself, because I don’t know how I feel. I don’t know what the right thing to do is.’”

On clapping back: “I don’t believe in clapping back, or reacting out of emotion. I could have handled this a million different ways, but I just went with what felt the most natural to me. Would I ever have wanted this to happen? Never. But sh-t happens. And in the end, I never want to see anyone hurt; I would hate to be the reason for anyone’s pain. We all have to go to sleep with ourselves at night…. It becomes addictive to look on the internet, to look at your name. When I would look at my name and see all of the things that people were saying, it became like a tumour. It became cancerous to me.”

Even though she grew up in a mostly white area, she understands her blackness: “I’ve had the privilege of not having to face it as hard as the girls in [that] school because of my surroundings, but now I have a clearer understanding of how this game works, and how people feel like it’s OK to say whatever they want. I know that I’m a black woman and I love being a black woman.”

Body-positive advocacy: “I feel like being body positive means wanting to be the best version of yourself. If you want to be skinny, big, or whatever you want to be, you have every right to be that, as long as you’re being good to your body.”

On Kylie Jenner: “I love her. That’s my homie. I hope everything falls into place and that we can all grow and build our relationships with our family and God and come back together one day and be stronger and happier… A lot of people can be around when things are good, but you don’t know who’s really around until things are bad. It’s not about public statements for me and it’s unfortunate that something so private had to happen publicly… Let’s stick together. The world is so crazy. Our politics, our wars, our this, that and the other, the last thing we need is to start going against each other about things on social media. Let’s be better humans and learn from our mistakes.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

She sounds… fine. She sounds like she’s done a lot of growing up in the past year, and she’s thoughtful and open to learning more about herself and the world around her. It’s almost like she was happy to be in the Kardashian-Jenner bubble, but she’s learned that she can be totally fine without them too. You can tell she misses Kylie and misses their friendship. Maybe I’m projecting, but it also seems like she’s learned that if Kylie and her sisters are going to “cancel” her so suddenly, then she doesn’t need them either.

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Cover courtesy of Cosmo UK, additional photo courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. grabbyhands says:

    She sounds mature, thoughtful and self aware – of herself and her privilege. How did she end up so tight with a family of vacuous, greedy attention whores?

  2. Melissa Manifesto says:

    I don’t know much about Jordyn, but from what I can read, she seems to be the one who is going to survive the Kardashians, her and Stephanie Shepherd. That family has had issues with a lot of people in the past, and most of them got shamed and have become ostracized.

    I’m glad she’s forging a career on her own with her own fanbase, her own magazine covers, her own money, not just be someone’s sidekick.

  3. duchess of hazard says:

    Jordyn Woods realised that you can be all chummy with white people – until the day they wake up and realise that they are white, and do all sorts of power play against you with the war weapons of their priviledge and the like. Ever since 2016, it’s as if white people are waking up to their whiteness every day.

    Fair play to her though, she sounds focused, secure and fine. Strangely, fair play to Kylie Jenner too, in that she hasn’t contributed to the pile on, and you get the feeling that once this blows over, Woods and Klyie will reconnect.

    Enjoy your life, Jordyn, and please drop a makeup tut on You Tube. Thank you.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Exactly- that part. Jordyn just experienced what so many black women (and other women of color) have learned about being BFFs with white women. You are until you ain’t.

      Sophia Richie will find out soon enough.

      I bet having Jada and Will publicly have her back (and privately support her) didn’t hurt. Jordyn’s family is not unlike the Kardashians were before their show – celebrity adjacent and well connected.

  4. Fanny says:

    Honey, please do not use the collective of black women as a shield against those who shall not be named
    You had no problem aligning yourself and benefiting, at least by association, from these culture vultures and BW copycat as long as they were on your side.
    I’m tired as a black woman to see that we’re always used at last to save/support those who did not have anything for us when everything was peachy.
    From the Cardi B, to you, to this dimwit rapper who got out of jail in Sweden, we are TIRED.

  5. Jb says:

    Survivor? She did some shady stuff and bit the hand that feeds. I loathe the Kartrashians but come on now Jordyn wasn’t some innocent naive child. She’s been around them long enough to know what happens when you cross them or as she states “let one of their baby daddies kiss you”. The publicity/attention that she claims she didn’t want is the same she’s using to make a career for herself. Good on her I guess trying to make some money off of this whole mess but no innocent parties in this drama filled mess.

    • ME says:

      Well she rode the Kardashian train until they threw her off. She benefited from their fame and connections too. She was “one of them” until they decided to get rid of her (which they seem to do a lot with people). I mean she’s not innocent, but at the same time Tristan and Khloe weren’t together and Tristan kissed her without her permission. The Kardashians used this as a plot on their show for God’s sake. They love drama. Either way this girl will be fine.

    • Joanna says:

      Agree!

  6. minx says:

    She’s much prettier than blow up doll Kylie.

    • Molly says:

      But she’s also much prettier than this cover. WTF is this sleepy-eyed hunch? The photo of her on the street is beautiful!

  7. Bree says:

    I watched a couple of episodes of life with Kylie and it seems like the best thing for jordyn was to get out of that situation. Kylie was so needy. She wouldn’t do anything or go anywhere without jordyn. It was so bad even mom kris said something to jordyn about how Kylie seemed way too reliant on jordyn. You could see that jordyn was exhausted by her but she just sort of went along. I think this dynamic can happen among female friends in their teens and early 20s especially when one is seriously lacking in self esteem. Kylie just seemed so broken on that show that it is no wonder it only ran one season

  8. J.Mo says:

    Holy crap! She got the Cosmo cover!

  9. Naddie says:

    People are so easily impressed.

  10. Sammi says:

    Kylie was not as self aware as Jordyn is lol and I’m talking about watching Kylie’s show and she was really not aware at all. Jordyn hung out with her and it was a very codependent relationship so I imagine when it was over, Jordyn was relieved.

  11. AUBREY says:

    But was it just a kiss, though?

  12. Hoot says:

    My gosh, what a weird pose on that cover. Looks like she has to pee. However, Jordyn is very pretty.

  13. olive says:

    she’s beautiful and has all the natural features kylie has been destroying her face and body in an attempt to achieve.

  14. Susan says:

    Disloyalty is not something to be praised even if it is towards the Kardashians