Although the Kardashian-Jenners have made their holiday card something of a winter tradition, they skipped one this year because they couldn’t get everyone together. Still, that didn’t stop the Kim Kardashian and Kanye West from releasing their own on Friday, December 13. And while it ended up great, Kardashian-West appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and revealed one secret: She actually had to photoshop North West into the shot after the six-year-old threw a full tantrum and “refused” to be in the shoot.
The card is pretty understated this year, with the family appearing just in gray and white matching outfits. However, Kardashian-West told DeGeneres that it was a ton of work getting her kids North, Psalm, Chicago, and Saint smiling in front of the camera, particularly because North really didn’t want to cooperate. “It’s the most anxiety to get four kids together smiling in a room,” she said. “North was having a day, so she refused to be in the shoot. She just was crying because she wanted her specific hairstyle, whatever.”
Kardashian-West shared she eventually let North do her own thing, but says her daughter had a change of heart after the shoot was over. “I said, ‘Fine, you’re not gonna be in the card. That’s the decision, you’re not gonna be in the card. I’m just going to take the family card without you,’” she said. “And she was fine with that. The next day she woke up and was like, ‘Mommy, I really want to do a card.’”
Still, North had one specific request. “She said, ‘I just want a photo shoot with just you.’ So I said, ‘Perfect,’ I called the photographer, had her come over. I said, ‘I have no makeup on now, I look totally different. Let’s just pretend—shoot us, but cut me out and you’ll photoshop her in.’ And it looks like a beautiful card.”
Even if it took some editing magic, the final product looks so cute.