Here’s What It’s Like to Be Kim Kardashian’s Assistant
Kim Kardashian’s executive assistant is spilling the beans on her boss.
Stephanie Sheppard, who has been the reality star’s right-hand woman since 2012, says handling all aspects of Kardashian’s is grueling work. While it may seem glamorous to travel the world and appear on Keeping Up with the Kardashians now and then, Sheppard admits there is hardly any downtime when it comes to being an assistant to one of the world’s most famous faces.
“Kim’s never really taken a break, you know? She’s the hardest working person, both her and Kanye [West],” she tells Refinery 29. “There was a period last year, I remember, when we literally went from New York to Miami to New York to Iceland to Los Angeles to Cuba…Cannes was in there somewhere.”
Sheppard explains the entire family finally took a break after Kardashian’s Paris robbery, in which the mom-of-two was bound, gagged and robbed at gunpoint by masked intruders in October 2016. Following the incident, Sheppard says she had to reevaluate her own life too.
“It was terrifying. At the time, I had to hold it together and make sure everything was getting handled, and that we could get Kim home as quickly and safely as possible. Obviously I can’t even begin to imagine what she’s gone through, what she’s had to deal with, but even I have been more cautious,” she recalls. “Still, whenever I’ve had to stay home alone, I get a little scared. So I did get a couple of extra pepper sprays.”
She continues of Kardashian, “Wherever we are, my instinct is just to protect her. I would truly take a bullet for her.”
As for her advice for others vying for her job, Sheppard, who was just promoted as COO of Kardashian West Brands, notes it’s important to stay grounded and humble — especially when it comes to working with a family like the Kardashians.
“I think everyone thinks this job is super glamorous — and I can’t lie, it is. Truly, this family is so much fun, and we go to some amazing places and do some incredible things. But don’t forget that when you’re an assistant, with all of that glamour comes schlepping the bags and the suitcases and taking the fall when the car doesn’t show up or the flight is delayed or something goes wrong,” she says. “I’ve f*cked up a lot. I’m only human. I get a lot of young girls asking me how to be a great assistant. I tell them three things. One is if you mess up, take responsibility and own it. I’ve f*cked up, I’m human. But I will just say, ‘I am so sorry, and I will fix this.’ Second, I say be resourceful. If your boss wants or needs something, you gotta do whatever it takes to make it happen. Don’t ask questions, just make it happen.”