Kim Kardashian is one of the most influential women in show business and media, and her impact on popular culture over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. From her humble start as a stylist for Paris Hilton to becoming a lifestyle mogul. Kim Kardashian has certainly made her mark on the world. In this article, we explore her incredible journey from beginning to end – you won’t want to miss it!
When it comes to being famous for being famous, few people embody that more than Kim Kardashian. The reality TV star and social media queen has been a fixture in the public eye. Over a decade and her influence only seem to be growing. In 2015, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. An honor that both her admirers and her detractors agreed she deserved. Whether you love her or hate her, there’s no denying it. Kim Kardashian is one of the most influential people in the world today. From her reality TV show to her social media presence. She has shaped the way we think about celebrity and fame. For better or for worse, she is someone who we can all learn from.
Early Life and Education
Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, to Robert and Kris Kardashian (née Houghton). She has an older sister, Kourtney, a younger sister, Khloé, and a younger brother, Rob. Her father died in 2003 from cancer. Kardashian attended Marymount High School, a Roman Catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles. In 1994, her parents divorced, and she continued living with her mother.
Following their divorce, Robert Kardashian married Jan Ashley in 2003 and Kris married Bruce Jenner in 1991. Kardashian studied ballet and jazz dance while growing up. She graduated from high school in 1998 and then enrolled in community college before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC), where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts in 2002.
Kardashian first came to prominence as a personal stylist to the R&B singer and actress Brandy, the sister of Ray J. Later, the siblings’ mother (and manager) Sonja Norwood, alleged that in 2004 she had fired Kardashian for “stealing” Brandy’s credit card and using it to go on a shopping spree. However, Kardashian denied these claims, saying she was merely borrowing the card with Norwood’s permission.
In February 2007, a sex tape made by Kardashian and Ray J in 2003 was leaked. Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, who distributed the film as Kim Kardashian, Superstar. She later dropped the suit and settled for $5 million. During the summer of 2007, Kardashian began a relationship with rapper and mogul Jay-Z, which led to rumors of an engagement.
In October 2007, she announced on The Tyra Banks Show that she was in fact dating Jay-Z and that he had given her a ring that cost “more than half a million dollars”. The episode aired on March 10, 2008.
By 2010, Kardashian had ventured into several new endorsement deals, including endorsing various food products for Carl’s Jr. On July 1, 2010, the New York City branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax figure of Kardashian. The unveiling coincided with her 32nd birthday and was the museum’s first wax figure of a reality television personality. In October 2010, she released her first perfume self-titled “Kim Kardashian”, which sold 350,000 units in one week.
The perfume was available through Debenhams in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In November 2010, Kardashian filmed an advert for Bongo Jeans. That month, she also posed nude for Playboy magazine’s December issue, which was banned from Walmart and other stores that carry the magazine. In December 2010, Kardashian dressed as Marilyn Monroe in a photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia.
In 2010, Kardashian also served as a producer for The Spin Crowd, a reality television show about a New York City public relations firm run by Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck. The show premiered on August 22, 2010, and aired its final episode on October 6, 2010. Kardashian made several cameo appearances on the show, including in the season finale where she and Cheban get into a physical altercation.
Continued exposure (2011–2016)
In 2011, Kardashian released her third fragrance, “Gold”, as well as a novel, Dollhouse, along with sisters Kourtney and Khloe. In 2012, E! renewed Keeping Up with the Kardashians for two additional seasons, in addition to launching the spin-off series Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Khloé & Lamar. That same year, Kardashian collaborated with Brandy Melville USA on a clothing line that launched in stores on September 10.
On October 2, 2012, Kardashian announced she was pregnant with her first child with rapper Kanye West. In December 2012, Time magazine named Kardashian one of the most influential people in the world, while Vogue described her in their April 2013 cover story as a “pop culture phenomenon.” She gave birth to their daughter North West on June 15, 2013. In February 2014, it was announced that Kardashian would star in Tyler Perry’s The Marriage Counselor in Atlanta.
However, due to scheduling conflicts, she was unable to take on the role. In May 2014, T-Mobile released a promotional photo featuring Kardashian for their new “Un-carrier” campaign, while three months later she launched an emoji pack for iOS devices called “Kimoji”. Later that year in November, she starred alongside Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini in the Lifetime
Kardashian appeared on the cover and in a pictorial in Paper’s winter 2014 issue, photographed by Jean-Paul Goude. On the cover, her nude buttocks are featured above the caption: “Break the Internet”. In the pictorial, she is interviewed about how she feels about her body and her experience of being objectified by the media.
In 2000, at the age of 19, Kardashian eloped with music producer Damon Thomas. The couple’s marriage lasted for three years before Thomas filed for divorce in 2003. Kardashian has spoken about the abuse she suffered during her marriage, both physical and emotional. In a 2016 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said that she was “mentally and physically abused every single day” by Thomas. She also accused him of cheating on her and said that he was addicted to pornography.
Despite the challenges she faced in her first marriage, Kardashian has remained open to the idea of love and relationships. She has also dated a number of other high-profile men, including NFL player Reggie Bush and musician John Mayer.
Kardashian began dating rapper and longtime friend Kanye West in April 2012, while still legally married to Humphries. Her divorce was finalized on June 3, 2013, and Kardashian and West became engaged on October 21, 2013. They married on May 24, 2014, at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Their wedding ceremony was filmed and aired as part of a two-part special on E! titled Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce, which aired on May 17 and 18, 2015. The couple’s first child, North “Nori” West, was born on June 15, 2013.
Kim Kardashian is a Christian and has described herself as “really religious”. She was educated in Christian schools of both the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic traditions. In October 2019, Kardashian told Vogue Arabia that her “foundation” is Christianity and that she attends church every Sunday with her children. She said, “I pray every day. I have my own relationship with God and I am very open about that. I don’t speak about it much because it is such a personal thing but I am very proud of my faith.”
In May 2014, Kardashian was estimated to be worth US$45 million. In 2015, Forbes reported she had “made more this year than ever as her earnings nearly doubled to $53 million from 2014’s $28” of the blog article “Wealth” Kardashian’s wealth has come from various sources. She is one of the most popular celebrities on social media, with over 150 million followers on Instagram and Twitter.
Her reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been a rating success, and she has also released several successful mobile apps, including a bestselling game. She has earned millions from endorsement deals with companies like Puma and Sephora, and her clothing and beauty lines are also very successful.
On October 2, 2016, Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris apartment. Five individuals, dressed as police officers, entered her apartment, bound and gagged her, and stole over $10 million worth of jewelry. This robbery was a shocking and traumatizing event for Kardashian, who has since spoken out about the incident. She has said that she feared for her life during the robbery and that it has changed her view of security and safety.
Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, was performing in New York at the time of the robbery and rushed to be by her side afterward. The couple has since increased their security measures, hiring armed guards and installing a panic room in their home.
- Kim Kardashian, Superstar (2007)
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007–2021)
- Disaster Movie (2008)
- Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (2009–2013)
- Kourtney and Kim Take New York (2011–2012)
- Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013)
- Dash Dolls (2015)
- PAW Patrol: The Movie (2021)
- The Kardashians (2022)