After nearly a decade of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, one family member managed to remain largely unnoticed. No, we’re not talking about Kanye—we’re talking about Kirby, a self-proclaimed amateur model, lover of all things, and Kendall Jenner’s fraternal twin. This mustachioed Jenner wombmate stepped out of the shadows of Instagram on July 14, 2015, and since then he’s been showing his love for his sis with a glut of totally not Photoshopped images, gathering close to half a million followers in less than a year. We managed to find some time to chat with him between two intense taquito munching sessions.
Until July of 2015, the world was unaware that Kendall Jenner had a fraternal twin. Why had you been hiding for so long?
Oh man, well I didn’t have an Insta account to post on for a while because there wasn’t enough space left on our family plan smh. But it’s chill now tho because I won a sweet AF pay-as-you-go card from a cereal box sweepstakes, so I just do that now hahaha!! I guess I’m just trying to play catch-up with posting all my pics, you know? And I’m actually in the background of a bunch of episodes of the show, but I’m usually just busy with my own life stuff. Like, one season I was training for a big Belly Flop Competition (which I won :D) and another season I got mistaken for a crew member and ended up holding lights all season. Pretty chill tho b/c I got into the union and got health insurance for the first time! All about that positive mental attitude!!!
You have over 500K Instagram-followers, which is impressive, but Kendall has 68.4M. How does that make you feel?
Whoa, that’s freakin awesome! GO KENDALL!!! Should I get her a cake or something? Or like… a gold pen? Gold pens are definitely classy. Kendall is just totally friggin dope at social media. She should study it or major in it or something, right? I’m just a real, real, real proud brother to all my K/J squad so there’s DEFINITELY no beef. She’s my BFFAFAFAFAFAF (best friend forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever) times infinity, sealed with an unbreakable pinky promise, so I’ve got nothing but love and hi-fives for her. Kinda crazy there’s even that many people on the planet, right? I thought there was like 4,000 humans but I guess there’s WAY more haha. I hope we don’t run out of room LOL!! Or classy gold pens.
You and Kendall seem to get along really well, but that’s just what we see in front of the camera. What’s life behind closed doors like?
Oh oh oh, hold on for a quick sec! My taquitos are beepin’ from the microwave. Gotta eat them while they’re hot or they get mushy, you know? BRB. Ok, I’m back. Sorry (not sorry) if I smell like taquitos hahaha!!! But yeah, Kendall and I are so close that she’s the only person in the whole wide world that knows about my athlete’s foot. Well I guess now you know too, but don’t write that in your article. Or just substitute athlete’s foot for…Nobel Peace Prize. But seriously, wearing rollerblades all day apparently gives you way nasty athlete’s foot. Anyways, Kendall and I are LITERALLY as close as, like, two rocks stacked on top of each other. Sometimes she gets mad at me when I fly my drone around in her room, but she always gets over it. That’s what siblings are for!
Before the world knew you existed, were there ever times you wish you had a camera around but didn’t?
Yes. This one time I met Morpheus while waiting in line for the bathroom at an advanced screening of Cars 2 and I totally freaked out because Morpheus is legit one of my FAVORITE actors but I didn’t have my phone with me smh!! I got him to sign an autograph and had a stranger take a pic of us and text it to me, but when I looked at it later, I realized that it DEFINITELY wasn’t the real Morpheus hahaha!!!! Pretty embarrassing, but now I’ve got a goofy pic of me and some dude waiting in line to go pee pee.
What defines you other than being Kendall’s twin? Why don’t you ever post any photos by yourself?
Dictionary.com defines ‘Kirby’ as a totally chill dude with a cool ‘tude.’ Jk haha but that’d be really crazy if Kirby was a word in the dictionary. Wait, is it? I’ll check later. I guess Kendall and I are always just around each other so all my pics ARE her pics? But we have separate interests too…like I do competitive eating and rollerblade and play street hockey and do magic and have a pretty GIGANTIC collection of candy from all over the world!!!! And Kendall is into fashion and music and makeup and eating salad. I personally hate salad.
So do you think it’s time to get your own reality show?
Ya maybe! Here are some options that I’m trying to get made: “Kirby Rides Two Bikes at the Same Time,” “Yucky Foods That Make You Barf,” “The Perfect Cannonball,” “Stop Electrocuting Yourself and Other Helpful Hacks,” and “Around the World in 5,479 Days,” starring me and Mark McGrath. I’ve been “in-talks” about “green-lighting” some of these babies, but Hollywood is one heck of town, you know? Still learning all of the “lingo.” But I’ll definitely keep ya posted if something happens. Fingers crossed! But don’t cross them so hard that they break. That happened to Khloe once smh.
How do you deal with people who claim you aren’t real and say @KirbyJenner is run by a small group of Los Angeles creatives?
I put a blanket over myself, pop out from behind the couch and shout BOO! at them. Then I take the blanket off and yell “JUST KIDDING IT’S ME KIRBY, NOT A GHOST” hahahah! There are def lots of haters on the internet but Kanye says to ignore those fools because they’re prolly made out of donkey poop. Dunno if a person can actually be made out of poop but Kanye is 95% right about most stuff 100% of the time. Sometimes I pinch myself when I’m having a super duper fun day, just to make sure that I’m actually real. But the pinch ALWAYS hurts, so that’s pretty clear evidence that I’m not just a figment of my own imagination.
Between you and me, where did Kirby actually come from? Why does he even exist?
Why are we whispering? Is the interview over? Gonna make some more taquitos if you want some. I’ve got chicken and beef but the beef kind of tastes like a shag carpet so you gotta douse it with hot sauce. Thoughts?
This article originally appeared in the spring 2017 “Relationship Issue” of Resource Magazine. To pick up a copy, visit the Resource Shop or enter our giveaway to win a free copy, subscription and more awesome photography prizes!
[All images used with permission via Kirby Jenner]