Make no mistake: The Kardashians didn't earn $65 million last year by sitting on their famous derrieres.
"It's annoying when I hear, 'What do your girls do?' Well, first of all, all of my daughters have jobs. They are fashion stylists and designers; they own a chain of stores. They had the stores before they had the show," matriarch Kris Jenner, 55, tells the May issue of Redbook. "And my kids worked from the time they were 13 years old. So to me, that's a huge misconception that the girls don't work. They work 25 hours a day."
As for criticism that her famous daughters lack any talent? "They might not be singers or dancers, but they certainly know how to produce a television show," Jenner says. "Whether you want to call it talent or not, they have multiple shows on the air. How many shows do you have?"
Part of their family's appeal, Khloe notes, is that they aren't afraid to be themselves.
"We are a real family. We don't sugarcoat anything. We're not the Brady Bunch, but we always put each other first," Khloe Kardashian, 26, says. "We love each other on camera, we cry on camera. I think people relate to the realness of it."
Kim Kardashian, 30, insists there isn't much to hide anyway. "There's nothing I'm really ashamed of, and I work hard on the show and all my other projects," she tells the mag. "I don't drink or do drugs, so I'm comfortable showing the world what my life is all about."
Despite their individual struggles — Khloe's pressure to have a baby, Kourtney Kardashian's rocky relationship with Scott Disick, and Kim's struggle with plastic surgery rumors — Kris insists her family is stronger than ever.
"Our joy in life is that we always have each other," she says. "So I've tried to teach my kids three things: love God, love your family and love yourself."
For more Kardashian revelations and photos, visit Redbook.
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