Klass and the Culture of Mental Health at Harvard’s Kardashian Lifestyle Klub | Arts


Harvard’s Kardashian Lifestyle Klub — an organization dedicated to celebrating the Kardashian family’s lavish lifestyle — came to campus with an inaugural event on March 3 that included a lavish ballroom, an ABC film crew and well-being activities.

Club founder and Currier House tutor Kristen Starkowksi explained that she originally started the club while at Princeton. Given the opportunity to lead student programming at Currier, Starkowski thought the club would be a great way to promote mental wellness among Harvard students.

“The club was born talking to a ton of fans – and enjoying the spontaneous, fun things the Kardashians do. We all need a little break from the rigors of college life. Let’s just do something stupid” , said Starkowski.

Club member Abigail Lockhart-Calpito ’23 said:

“The party favors and the decor and everything are definitely not what I expected. I think that’s great. It’s not something you experience every day at Harvard, and I feel like it’s appropriate for the topic.

Indeed, the Sheraton Crystal Ballroom, where the event took place, was a dramatic break from the rigors of Harvard University. The ballroom had been transformed into a Pinkalicious fantasy – pink LED lights lined the crystal chandeliers, pink satin cloth covered the tables, and pink K-shaped and XO-shaped balloons floated above the crowd. A table in the corner boasted a cornucopia of Kardashian-themed food, drink and goodies. The focal point of the ballroom, however, was a projector showing an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Starkowski explained that the Kardashian Lifestyle Klub brought national attention to Princeton, allowing him to meet Kourtney Kardashian. ABC is tracking interest in Kardashian family business at Ivy League institutions.

Students sat at tables and had fun with coloring books and Kardashian stickers, occasionally glancing at the ABC film crew capturing the event. Starkowski herself wore a microphone all night as part of the filming process.

After the students stopped showing up, Starkowski explained the club’s goals and outlined planned activities. “The Harvard lifestyle can be very demanding, can’t it?” Starkowski said. “So let’s all take a break and do some fun stuff – that’s what it’s all about. Tonight there are a lot of activities planned.

The first activity was inspired by the moment Kim Kardashian lost her diamond earring. Starkowski challenged the students to find an earring hidden in the ballroom for a prize. The students roamed the ballroom, eyes glued to the floor, trying to find the earring. After several tablecloths were lifted and decorations rearranged, one student emerged victorious and received a Kardashian-themed prize.

The next challenges revolved around the Kardashians’ food quirks, including replicating Kourtney’s bizarre technique for eating Kit-Kat and Khloé’s impressive Oreo cookie jar. Laughter echoed around the ballroom as contestants nibbled the edges of their Kit-Kats and attempted to build the tallest, most eye-catching stack of Oreos possible.

The final challenge was to assign quotes to the correct Kardashian family member. Starkowski read quotes aloud and the students lashed out at each other in their attempts to say the right Kardashian first. In many cases, Starkowski would barely say two words before loyal fans could correctly guess the Kardashian family member.

The students reflected on how the Kardashians are separated from reality in many ways, just as the Kardashian Lifestyle Klub intends to separate themselves from college life at Harvard. Caroline Gage ’25, another participant, said: “They sometimes seem to be in a whole other world. I guess that can be a problem. But also, it offers great entertainment and an escape.

In the end, the students agreed that the Kardashian family’s influence wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Diarra Faye ’25 echoed that sentiment: “As problematic as they are, they are very iconic. I don’t know, they are making their way to stand out in the world.

—Editor Katia O. Soares dos Santos can be reached at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @katiaosoares.


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