Ever since Kylie Jenner had a very public falling out with her ex-best friend, Jordyn Woods, the world has been seeing a lot more of Anastasia Karanikolaou. Though Karanikolaou and the Kylie Skin founder have been friends for years, she seems to have been thrust to the forefront of Jenner’s life these days. The pair have traveled together, partied together, and even gotten Lasik eye surgery together.
Of course, Jenner’s fans are split about how they feel about Karanikolaou. Some fans are thrilled that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has a friend to count on since she no longer has a relationship with Woods. But, others have expressed that they feel the relationship between Karanikolaou and Jenner is forced and that the 23-year-old likely misses her “real best friend”, Woods.
Jenner herself has stated that she thinks her fall out with Woods was for the best because it allowed her to rely on and form relationships with other people, Karanikolaou included. In an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she got candid with her older sister, Khloé Kardashian about the situation.
“I think that this whole Jordyn situation needed to happen for a reason,’ the young mom confessed to her sister. “For me, for her, for you, for everybody. She was my security blanket. She lived with me. We did everything together, I just felt like, ‘Oh, I have Jordyn. I don’t need anything else.’ And I feel like there’s a part of me that needed to grow without her. Sometimes people are there for certain reasons at certain times in your life and then not there for others.”
But just because Jenner’s made peace with her new friend circle doesn’t mean her fans have. In fact, the recent “twin” pics that she’s been taking with Karanikolaou have sparked a debate. After noting the similarities in bodies and facial structures, fans are claiming that Karanikolaou is slowly morphing into Jenner. Many fans even believe that looking like the multimillionaire is a stipulation of her friendship.
“I love Kylie but why is it all of her friends she hangs out with morphs into a clone of Kylie,” one fan questioned on a recent Instagram picture that Jenner posted. “It just shows that in order to hang out with her you have to dress and look like her and it’s sad. It has to do with people also not comparing her to Stassie if they dress alike. But, if anything it, makes people compare Kylie to her even more so it’s like, 😮🧐” another person wrote back in response.
“Exactly,” another person penned in response to the original comment. “You’re spot on. It’s like her friends can’t have an identity of their own. I feel that the only reason she is hanging out with her so much is that Jordy isn’t around. So it’s like she replaced her with Anastasia Karanikolaou,” they continued.
Of course, other fans were quick to jump to Jenner’s defense and share that Karanikolaou was capable of making her own decision. “Y’all do realize that Kylie’s friends are grown ass women and they CHOOSE to dress this way right?” the Instagram user reminded other fans. Stop making it seem like Kylie forces them to do this,” they concluded. Clearly, fans are split about what being Jenner’s friend entails. But, given that Karanikolaou has been friends with Jenner for years, we’re sure she knows what she signed up for.