11/07/2013 16:33 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Khloe Kardashian Wows For Cosmopolitan And Opens Up About Body Critics And Staying Confident

The youngest of the three Kardashian sisters has stuck a pose for Cosmopolitan magazine. Khloe Kardashian came over all sultry for a photo shoot with the UK mag and opened up about her time in the spotlight.

"I'm confident in who I am. I've always known that I'm not Kim and I'm not Kourtney - I've always been OK with that... I probably thought I was prettier before I entered the spotlight because being compared to somebody else every day does sort of beat up your spirit and soul," she confessed. "But it's made me stronger. I've gained another level of confidence."

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Despite being constantly compared to her sisters, she explained how she always comes out fighting, "I'm pretty tough. I want to say I don't care, but of course [comments about my body] are going to sting.

"After my father died [when she was 19], I gained a lot of weight, and then I was in the spotlight. I was quickly criticised for not being a cookie-cutter sister like Kourtney and Kim. I lost about 30lbs before I did Kourtney And Khloe Take Miami [in 2009].

"I was feeling so good about myself and I was still so critiqued. I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, if I'm not good enough now...' And that's when something clicked in my brain: I have to do whatever is good for me... I feel that I'm healthier [now], but I don't think I'm prettier thinner."

The reality telly star also said she believes it's all too easy to become a victim of public bullying. "I understand why so many people in this industry have eating disorders or want plastic surgery, and I'm proud I've done things the healthy way and haven't felt bullied into having my face operated on. I'm not against it. When I'm older you never know."

Chatting about her size Khloe said, "I don't care what size I am; I care about how I look. If my jeans are tight and I have a little muffin top, then OK, I have to cut down on the carbs. I don't expect to be a size 2 [a UK size 6] and nor do I want to be. I'm 5ft 10ins and I like being curvy, but I also like being toned."

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Talking about her hubby Lamar, Khloe revealed he'll always come first. "I'm very modern day when it comes to my personality and my work, but I'm very old-fashioned with my morals and values of being husband and wife. And he will come first... It's very taboo nowadays to support your man, but you have to do what makes you happy – even if someone else doesn't understand."

And when she wants to do something nice for him, she confesses she combines the two by cooking for him naked! Yikes, watch out for hot oil splatters.

Discussing the other relationships in her life, she revealed she'd never manage her children like her mum does, "I'd never manage my kids. We gang up on Mom and that has to be so hard. Now I'm getting older I feel sorry for her rather than resent her.

"[Once my mom told me] I was gaining weight, but she was talking to me as a manager, like I was ruining a brand deal. It's hard to understand that and it's more hurtful when it's coming from my mom, but Kim is definitely her favourite. It doesn't bother me. They're so similar - they could be the same person."

But what about her thoughts on Kim's beau Kanye West? "I think Kanye knows how to deal with Kim really well. Because we've known him for so long, he'll come to us if he wants advice on a birthday present or something.

"I like that. Kris [Humphries, Kim's soon-to-be-ex-husband] wouldn't even talk to us. I love that with Kanye we have that friendship. Because when you're with one of us you're with all of us."

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The full interview appears in the June issue of British Cosmopolitan, on sale 2nd May (also available in digital edition)