Few would blame a blinged-up Kardashian sister for avoiding Paris altogether after Kim Kardashian was the victim of a harrowing multimillion-dollar jewel heist in the troubled city in October. Kim was robbed, bound, gagged, and dumped in a marble bathtub while fearing she was going to be raped or murdered.
But Kendall Jenner, 21, is made of sterner stuff and walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris this week.
Security at the VS show is traditionally very tight, and this year’s event was no exception. Last year’s terror attacks in the capital are still visceral memories.
If Jenner wanted extra precautions in Paris, she is far from alone in that desire; The Daily Beast recently reported that business is booming for close protection services in the city with increasing numbers of rich tourists and business travelers using private bodyguard firms.
Numerous wealthy visitors have been targeted by criminal gangs in the French capital in recent months; one recent high-profile attack targeted the Indian actress Mallika Sherawat, who was attacked by three masked men who sprayed her and her partner with tear gas.
The men ran off before stealing anything, for reasons unknown, but there is little doubt that the attack was an attempted robbery.
Saudi princesses, Emirati singers, and wealthy Chinese tourists have all also been targeted while visiting the French capital.
Given her sister’s horrific experience and the prevailing climate it was reasonable enough for Kendall to arrive at the afterparty with private security, “even though the police were there,” as a source told Page Six.
In other respects, however, Page Six reports the evening was business as usual for Kendall: “One reporter asked her a question and she literally ignored her. She just kept looking at pictures of herself on her phone.”
Plus ça change, eh?