Almost everybody on this planet has heard of Kim Kardashian. Over the years, she has become one of the most popular icons in fashion and media. Kim has been the topic of conversation as well as headlines for quite some time now. She has many titles under her belt - actress, socialite, reality TV personality, model, and businesswoman. Kim has conquered many summits and has created a permanent niche for herself in this world.
Although her life has been far from perfect, Kim has ensured that she is now a household name. Let’s find out more about Kim’s journey, starting as an assistant and rising to becoming a media queen.
Kimberly Noel Kardashian is the second daughter of famous defense attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Kardashian. The 36-year-old beauty has walked through many business titles to get to where she is today. Things started for her in 2006 when Kim served as an assistant, personal shopper, and stylist to some big names in the fashion, film, and sports industry like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Serena Williams, and Cindy Crawford. Thanks to her famous clients and fantastic networking skills, Kim soon saw herself amidst the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion, and media.
Working for the rich and famous gave Kim an inside view on how things work. Combining this knowledge with some intense ambition, Kim soon broke evolved from being an assistant to needing about twenty assistants herself. In 2006, she went back to working with her family. She started D-A-S-H, a boutique shop in Calabasas, California, with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe. The boutique is famous for showcasing the ladies’ personal styles as well as some of their favorite designers. The boutique is a huge success with stores now open in New York City, Miami, as well as Southampton.
The infamous kickstart
Although there are many who consider Kim to be a goddess, she has made some far-from-divine choices. In 2007, a sex video surfaced on the Internet, featuring Kim and her then-boyfriend rapper Ray J. It received vast amounts of attention and eventually led to kickstarting the era of Kim Kardashian. The video was released by adult film giant Vivid Entertainment, which shelled out $1 million for the rights to the naughty video. Kim launched a lawsuit, accusing Vivid of invasion of privacy. Three months after the video started making its rounds on the Internet, Kim agreed to a settlement with Vivid that cost them a meager $5 million.
Kim’s reputation took a massive hit thanks to the release of the video, but the socialite didn’t let something as trivial as a sex tape, aptly named Kim Kardashian, Superstar, come in the way of her success. She took it in stride and managed to amass an entire empire that worships at her feet.
Keeping up with Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Just a few months after her sex tape was released, Kim and her family took the entire world by storm by launching Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Produced by famous television host Ryan Seacrest, the reality show became an instant hit. Kim’s mom and manager Kris Jenner raised the show just like one of her own children and brought it to where it is now.
When the show first aired, many fellow celebrities and other famous personalities were quick to criticize the popularity of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, assuming that none of the members of the entire family had any talent whatsoever. They claimed that the show’s success was riding on the infamous Kim Kardashian sex tape, but the Kardashians proved them wrong. The show became mega successful and had tens of thousands of viewers for each episode. Audiences loved having an inside view on what happens in the Kardashian household every day.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been successfully running for 10 years now. It has resulted in several spin-off reality shows such as Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Kourtney& Kim Take Miami, Dash Dolls, Khloe and Lamar, and the most recent, Rob and Chyna. Each spin-off had its own stint at success, pulling in tens of thousands of viewers per episode. Regular people loved to watch all the family drama that befalls a media royal family such as the Kardashians.
The infamous wedding divorce
In August 2011, Kim shocked the world by tying the knot with NBA star Kris Humphries after dating him for less than a year. The wedding was televised and aired on the show. It was witnessed by almost 4 million people around the world. PEOPLE Magazine even gave the couple $1.5 million for photos from the wedding alone. Many people termed the marriage a publicity stunt, but Kim did something that may have made it seem like they were not far from the truth.
Just three weeks after saying “I do,” Kim filed for divorce from Humphries. They were married for a total of 72 days. The couple faced severe backlash, with many people, including Humphries himself, claiming that the whole marriage was a sham to rope in viewers and increase the show’s ratings. Their short marriage was made the butt of many jokes, but Kim managed to trudge through the entire mess and leave it all behind.
Becoming Kim Kardashian West
During her infamously short relationship with Kris Humphries, Kim battled many rumors that she was cheating with rapper Kanye West. These rumors may have been true given that Kim and Kanye started dating soon after her divorce. They soon became a mega couple and a common feature on many red carpet events together.
Kim and Kanye got engaged after the rapper proposed at a football stadium in a grand ceremony. In 2013, the couple had their first child together, a daughter named North West. The couple later tied the knot in 2014 and is currently known as one of the world’s most powerful couples. In 2015, they welcomed their second child, a son named Saint West.
Breaking the Internet and achieving global fandom
Leave it to Kim Kardashian to attempt something as impossible as “breaking the Internet.” In 2014, Kim posed nude for Paper magazine, displaying her famous rear on the cover. The story and pictures were headlines for many weeks to come. Kim explained that she did the nude shoot because she was confident of herself and loved how she looked, further expressing her desire to empower women and encourage them to appreciate themselves more. While she was condemned by millions, there were women who embraced her ideology and believed that she had a deeper message to share besides baring her assets. Kim released a coffee-table book called Selfish which features some of her most risqué pictures.
Besides being married to a famous rapper, Kim is also an Internet sensation. Her social media profiles have millions of followers. Kim has also launched a website and mobile apps and games. She was also featured on the cover of Forbes magazine for being one of the most accomplished women in today’s time. Kim has launched countless ventures, including fragrances and a make-up line. She has also launched several clothing lines for children and adults. Put together, Kim has created a dynasty for her that is estimated to be worth more than a whopping $150 million.
Despite all the ups and downs in Kim’s life, she has truly grown into a force to be reckoned with. She has gone from lurking in the shadows to a full-fledged diva. Even though she lives a high-profile life, she manages her priorities well. Besides being a businesswoman and a reality television star, she is a doting mother and a loving wife. The era of Kim Kardashian is far from over.