We’re so used to seeing the Kardashians as grown-up glamazons that it’s hard to imagine they were ever anything else. Back in the day, though, Kim, Kourtney and Khloé made for super-adorable kids – and they were totally at ease with the camera even then. Don’t believe us? Well, just take a look…
Is this the first ever Kim bikini picture? Here she is with big sis Kourtney having fun in the sun, a long time before the world started to Keep Up with them. And now, of course, she’s learned how to work that swimwear to the max.
Kim has claimed that her childhood was a pretty normal one. Or as normal as you can get when growing up in Beverly Hills and with a not insubstantial amount of money in the bank. Still, she certainly looks like a normal little girl in this photo – and those ribbons are super-cute as well.
This old pic of Khloé and Kourtney, both pretty in pink, was tweeted to by Khloé in honor of her big sister’s 33rd birthday in 2012. Wondering what those marks are on Khloé’s little face? Chicken pox. Yup, even future reality TV celebrities didn’t escape that curse.
Even back in the Kardashians’ less famous days, it seems that they loved to stamp their “K” on everything – even on Kim and Kourtney’s clothes. Luckily, the pair still look suitably adorable in those big sweaters and poodle skirts.
The Kardashian Khristmas kards are usually things of wonder. Often because they’re totally, ridiculously posed and OTT – but that wasn’t always the case. Take this early example: Kim, Khloé and Kourtney, all cutely snuggled up together and looking, well, rather natural, really.
And don’t forget Rob! He used to appear in photos with his sisters as well, as a rather sweet little boy. Today, of course, he’s more likely to be embroiled in celebrity drama than posing with his family.
But in the days before the drama, candid shots of Khloé and Rob together were totally possible. Like this one, where the pair pose by the piano. We hope they were playing “Chopsticks” at the time.
With huge windows like those, we’d be climbing onto stuff to look out of them, too. And Kim and Kourtney look pretty happy to have been kaught in the act.
It even turns out that Kim wasn’t afraid of a little face paint while she was still a young girl. Let’s just say, though, that she hadn’t got the hang of contouring back then, however.
Khloé looks a little more uneasy about being snapped with Kim here, though. Perhaps the pink and frothy ballerina look wasn’t a hit, even if she does look really sweet in her ensemble.
In fact, Khloé used to feel like a bit of an anomaly in the Kardashian family because, unlike her siblings, she had blonde hair. She was still an adorable child, though, as this great photo of her shows.
Unfortunately, despite Khloé’s obvious cuteness when young, she wasn’t always all that confident about her appearance. “Growing up, I was always chubby. My girlfriends were always running around in two-pieces and I never felt comfortable to do that,” she told People in 2015.
However, Khloé added to the magazine that she also “had parents who were incredibly loving and nurturing and always made me feel beautiful, so I never really questioned that.” Three cheers for Kris and Robert, then.
So perhaps Khloé didn’t feel too self-conscious not to take a dip in the family swimming pool. Yep, even back then they lived pretty luxuriously: the Kardashian siblings’ childhood home would be worth over $4 million today.
Still, those early years weren’t entirely idyllic. The four Kardashian kids had their parents’ divorce to contend with, for one.
And as a teenager, Kim was troubled by how her nose looked. That is, her real nose – not the joke nose she’s sporting in this vintage shot.
Perhaps that revelation hasn’t helped Kim fend off the rumors that she’s since had a nose job, even though she has always stated that she hasn’t. She also swears that her parents didn’t spoil her. And hey, maybe – beyond the odd Wonder Woman costume – they really didn’t.
“We grew up with privilege so we knew our standards were high… if we wanted to keep it, we had to work hard,” Kim once said. Regardless of their privilege, however, these old snaps seem to show that the Kardashian siblings were as close as any less wealthy family.
And somehow, despite their lifestyle, they still are. In 2009, for example, Khloé reminisced fondly on this snap, writing, “I was crying because Kim put those clip-on earrings on me and I was in so much pain! Kourt took the picture and Kim was just smiling away. LOL.” There’s nothing like sisterly love.