‘KUWTK’: Is Kourtney Kardashian Actually Jealous of Kim?

This past Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians showed a level of drama not always seen between sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian. The women were in a fight about whether Kourtney intentionally steals Kim’s looks. And though the show was filmed months ago, the argument was rehashed last night between the women on Twitter. Is Kourtney actually jealous of Kim and trying to emulate her, or is it all for show?

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian
Kim and Kourtney Kardashian | James Devaney/GC Images

Kim was angry when she thought Kourtney was stealing her looks

Kim and Kourtney have always been incredibly close, but with such a small age gap and such similar lifestyles, it makes sense that the sisters would have arguments every now and then. On this past week’s episode of KUWTK, Kim became angry when she heard that Kourtney’s stylist was buying up all of Kim’s past looks to bring to Kourtney. Kourtney denied ever trying to steal any of her sister’s outfits, though their argument heated up.

Kourtney has said that Kim doesn’t always treat her well

In the same episode, Kourtney vented to Khloé Kardashian and another friend that Kim sometimes says awful things to her. Kourtney was on the phone in the car when Khloé got in the car too, and Kourtney got emotional thinking about the argument. She said she wasn’t trying to take it personally but that it was hard to deal with, and Khloé went back to Kim and explained that Kourtney has had a lot of emotions ever since turning 40 became such a reality. When Kim realized that it was possible she was too hard on Kourtney during such a sensitive time, Kim decided to extend an olive branch to her sister and gifted Kourtney an outfit to wear to her 40th birthday party.

With Kim having more fame and money, it’s possible Kourtney is jealous

When so many siblings have the same level of fame, it makes sense that jealousy might rear its ugly head every now and then. Kim has more money than Kourtney and arguably more fame, but she also has a strong marriage; on season 17’s first episode, Kourtney seemed to feel incomplete knowing she hadn’t found the relationship that would last a lifetime. With all of that said, it’s possible she’d be jealous of her sister. In fact, jealousy among sisters every now and then seems like a natural emotion.

There is a general understanding that reality television isn’t always real

Despite the jealousy making sense, there is also a general understanding that what fans see on television isn’t always completely real. Every episode needs its own form of drama, and the fight between Kourtney and Kim might have stemmed from producers wanting to keep people interested. Then, Kourtney and Kim live-tweeted during the episode that the argument still frustrates them. This might have also been a ploy to get more viewers — nothing against the Kardashians, but that is simply the way reality television often works.

Yes, there might have been some jealousy, but overall, Kourtney seems to be happy with her life and enjoys not being in the spotlight as much as Kim. Both sisters look to be in a good place, and though jealousy might show itself every now and then, they mostly seem genuinely happy for each other.