Innocent party or kicking up a Storm-i?

Isabel Ellis determines whether Stormi's second birthday party was an important social event or excessive waste of money

Isabel Ellis
17th February 2020
The highlight of the social calendar, the ray of sun among winter gloom, the most highly anticipated event of the new decade: Stormi Webster’s 2nd birthday.

On the 1st February 2020, cosmetics mogul and 'self-made' billionaire Kylie Jenner celebrated her daughter’s birthday with an extravagant Stormi-themed party. In recreation of Stormi’s first birthday party last year, which was aptly named ‘Stormiworld’ in homage to ex-beau Travis Scott’s latest album ‘Astroworld’, Jenner spent an estimated $100,000 on the second round, cleverly tagged ‘2 is better than 1’.

Boasting a star-studded guest list, a room dedicated to Stormiworld merchandise, and topped with the full crew of Trolls, the adored celebrity mother is known for her understated outlook on life, as this carnival-esque party perfectly demonstrates. But how much is too much?

I can’t imagine anything worse than having to walk through my own head as a 2-year-old

In memorial to ‘Astroworld’, eventgoers were met with a 30ft inflatable of Stormi’s head, and perhaps if the annual fest is upheld it will one day be life-sized… The question, however, is whether this is a lot more sinister than it may first appear. The destructive psychological implications are never-ending. I can’t imagine anything worse than having to walk through my own head as a 2-year-old. In photos later posted on Jenner’s Instagram of the evening, Stormi looks bewildered and alarmed at the sight of the giant head and gaping mouth. But, following in the footsteps of the infamous Kardashian-Jenner self-obsessed reputation, Stormi unsurprisingly seemed to later light up at being the spectacle of her birthday extravaganza.

The obvious problem with this absurd ritual, as I’m sure we can all agree, is the genuine necessity of it while our world currently faces several monumentally pressing issues which could do with the aid of a casual $100k. The Kardashian-Jenner clan are no stranger to criticism over their spending choices and have historically been attacked for their notable lacking in financial support to issues such as climate change. Although Kylie must be praised for her million-dollar donation to the Australian bush fires in late 2019, it is highly questionable that this generosity negates the definitively ludicrous spending on her daughter's second birthday.

Was it really money well spent, or money well wasted?

Of course, Kylie ‘Billionaire’ Jenner doesn’t feel the weight of splashing a cool million and can comfortably afford to live the best of both worlds, a prospect us mere mortals can’t begin to fathom. But think of the progress climate change, medicinal research, or human and animal protection charities could’ve and should’ve been able to make with a contribution of that size. Was it really money well spent, or money well wasted?

It’s hard to ignore that the bash wasn’t excessive, but it does come to question if another parent had Jenner’s financial advances, they wouldn’t do the same. Kylie Jenner donning a pink sparkly jumpsuit through the day, doesn’t really do anything in half measures, so it was really no surprise that she managed to plan such an extravagant (and/or excessive) bash once again. Well… what’s $100k anyway?

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