Inside the Kardashian-Jenner Family's Inner Circle of Stylists, Assistants and More
After meeting the Kardashian-Jenner family in 2012, Jen Atkin became one of the most in-demand celebrity hairstylists in the world and is still one of the girls' go-to pros. Now she's using her platform to continue her success growing her own luxury haircare company, Ouai (which the KarJenner sisters love!).
Kim Kardashian West's former executive assistant Stephanie Shepard became a celebrity in her own right after being seen by the star's side everywhere she went. But after Kim transitioned Stephanie into a larger role within her company which "just didn't work," according to a PEOPLE insider, the two professionally parted ways. "She’s still friendly with the other sisters but she and Kim aren’t really speaking," the source said at the time, although Stephanie seems to be back in Kim's squad, joining her at the CFDA Awards in June.
Long before Keeping Up with the Kardashians became our Sunday night staple on TV, Joyce Bonelli was doing the Kardashian girls' makeup (as presumably one of the first members of their glam team). However, a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the KarJenners severed ties with the makeup artist this year after over a decade working together when, when Joyce allegedly “tried to go around them on a deal so the Kardashians wouldn’t make money off of it. They caught on and Kim stopped following her, but Khloé and Joyce remained amicable."
"After Kim and her parted ways, she would upload pictures of Kim and call Kim her ‘twin.’ Joyce also claims she came up with the tagline for Kanye’s hit ‘that s— cray,’ which is a lie. The Kardashians were just over her lies and the trying to cheat them out of money was the cherry on top," the source added.
Likely one of the most recognizable faces in the Kardashian's glam squad, Mario Dedivanovic has created nearly every iconic makeup look worn by Kim. In honor of the pair's 10-year friendship, the KKW Beauty mogul and Mario created a limited edition collection of lipsticks, lip glosses and an eye shadow palette for her brand earlier this year.
Monica Rose styled all of the Kardashian sisters' looks for nearly a decade until their relationship went sour in April 2017 and the girls publicly split from Monica. While the reason behind the drama has remained a mystery, Kim dropped a few hints on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“I haven’t worked with her in maybe four years, so my reason is not connected to this,” she said. “You’d have to ask Khloe and Kendall and Kylie and the girls [their reason]."
After the Kardashians discovered Hrush Achemyan on Instagram, she's been by their side for every red carpet, family vacation and Instagram photoshoot.
"They are ultimate perfection in every single angle and every single light, and they are probably the kindest clients I’ve ever worked with," she previously told PEOPLE.
Ever wonder how Kylie Jenner rocks pink hair one day, blonde hair the next and brunette a few days after? Tokyo Stylez's (at right) magic touch (and custom wigs!) is the secret.
"I did Karrueche’s hair for the BET Awards, and when Kylie saw the wig that I did for her, she got my number from makeup artist Hrush Achemyan [who collaborated on Tran’s look] and then she FaceTimed me! I was like, 'Who is calling me?' I didn’t know it was her, so I didn’t answer, and she texted me saying, 'This is KJ.' I’m like, 'The only person [that could be] is Kylie Jenner.' I called back and it was her. And I was just like, 'Oh! Okay!'" Stylez told PEOPLE of how he met Kylie. Since then, he's created "at least 100" wigs just for her, which she's worn everywhere from the Met Gala to Coachella.
Khloé Kardashian's longtime assistant Alexa Okyle has been with the star for all of life's biggest moments -- including when Khloé found out she was pregnant. "I felt that I was!" Khloé told her assistant on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. "You've been saying it!" replied Alexa, who was the first person Khloé with whom shared the news.
By a stroke of luck, Kylie discovered then-20-year-old Ariel Tejada on Instagram, DM'd him about working together and he's been one of her pros since then. Now, he's one of the makeup artist regulars among the entire family and most recently did Kylie's look for her return to the red carpet post-pregnancy at the Met Gala. "We were all so nerve-wracked because it was such a big moment, but she killed it,” he told PEOPLE.
If you had to pick one word to describe hairstylist Chris Appleton (at right), it's dedicated. He's transformed Kim's locks into the most memorable cuts and colors, which can often be a very time-consuming process. "Spent the last few days bleaching my roots (we do it in stages so it doesn’t break off),” Kardashian wrote in tweet when she was platinum blonde. “OMG 13 hours & still going. This blonde is very high maintenance. Love you @ChrisAppleton1 but getting over this."
Being Kylie's assistant is a 24/7 job (“She’ll call me 2 a.m. I will answer," Victoria Villarroel said) but the 25-year-old wouldn't have it any other way. “We were talking, and I remember word for word. She said, ‘Close the door. I want to tell you my deepest secrets,'” she said. “We just talked forever. I think that’s when we bonded. I can trust her. She trusts me."
Kim and Kourtney's relationship with stylist and interior designer goes all the way back to high school. The sisters all attended Marymount High School in L.A. together and now, Simone's been helping style many of Kim's latest looks.
Hairstylist Justine Marjan (at left) first dipped her toes into the KarJenner world as an assistant to pro Jen Atkin. Since then, she's become a "must-have" on the family's list of hairstylists.
After parting ways with Monica Rose, Kourtney began working with stylist Dani Michelle, who's also been doing looks for Kylie and Kris as of late, too.