Kim Kardashian West, born Kimberly Noel Kardashian, is most famously known for her role on the reality TV show, 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians'. It is arguable however that her fame was created with her rather raunchy sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J that was released in 2003. Today, she has a variety of clothing and perfume lines, apps and games while maintaining a family-run clothing store in several countries called 'Dash'. She is married to the famous rapper, Kanye West and together, they have two children.
Kim was born in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Robert Kardashian, represented football player O.J. Simpson during his murder trial in 1994 but sadly, passed away from cancer in 2003. Kim has one older sibling, Kourtney and two younger siblings, Khloe and Rob. Additionally, she has two stepsisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner and two stepbrothers, Brandon and Brody Jenner, due to her mother’s second marriage to 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner, Bruce Jenner (now, Caitlyn Jenner).
As a teen, Kim attended Marymount High School, a catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles. At age 19, she eloped with music producer, Damon Thomas but four years later, the couple divorced. Kim gained media attention due to her friendship with Paris Hilton, her sex tape with Ray J and her reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
In 2007, Kim made quite a name for herself when a sex tape of her and former boyfriend, Ray J was leaked. The video was called Kim K Superstar and was distributed by Vivid Entertainment. Although Kim filed a lawsuit against the distributor, she dropped the case when she was granted $5 million US dollars. It is arguable however that this sex tape was leaked on purpose to create media attention and fame.
Later that year, Kim along with her mother Kris, stepfather Bruce and siblings Kourtney, Khloe and Rob began a reality TV show entitled Keeping Up With The Kardashians produced by E! which to this day, is still in production and a huge success. This success lead to a number of spin offs such as Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Khloe and Lamar, Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons. It also encouraged the reality show entitled I Am Cait – a show that chronicles the life of Bruce Jenner’s gender transition to Caitlyn Jenner.
Kim has also starred in a number of other TV and film roles such as playing the character of Lisa in the film spoof Disaster Movie, participating in season seven of Dancing With The Stars as well as other small roles in TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, 90210 and Two Broke Girls. She was also a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model and produced three successful workout videos entitled Fit In Your Jeans by Friday.
Additionally, Kim has a successful career in modeling. She has been seen in popular magazines such as Playboy, the cover of Paper’s winter issue in 2014 (which showed Kim’s nude buttocks with the title, “Break the Internet”) and the cover of Vogue Spain in 2015. She was the face of the beauty campaign named Kiss Away Poverty, which donates funds to women entrepreneurs in the US. She is associated with a number of endorsements, including various food products for Carl’s Jr.
While Kim is more famous for her roles on screen and on magazine covers, she has also successfully completed a number of other initiatives. She, along with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney, wrote an autobiography titled Kardashian Konfidential as well as her own portfolio book called Selfish – a 325-page collection of self-taken photographs of herself. She has also successfully brought out seven perfume lines namely Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian Love, Gold, Glam, True Reflection, Pure Honey and Fleur Fatale. And while she may not be much of a recording artist, she released a single entitled Jam (Turn It Up) – along with a music video – in 2010, which was directed by Hype Williams and Kanye West and produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. When asked if she would release more music she commented, “There’s no album in the works or anything—just one song we did for Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and a video Hype Williams directed, half of the proceeds we’re giving away to a cancer foundation, because The-Dream’s and one of my parents passed away from cancer. It’s just all having fun—with a good cause”.
Jim Farber, a writer for the Daily News, described the single as “a dead-brained piece of generic dance music, without a single distinguishing feature,” but despite the bad review it sold 14,000 downloads in five days and reached number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
Kim is also known as quite the entrepreneur. She successfully released a mobile game called Kim Kardashian: Hollywood – whereby the user aims to become a Hollywood star. It earned $1.6 million US dollars in the first five days of release and was named the fifth highest earning game on the App Store. She also released an emoji pack for iOS called Kimoji – a paid app that quickly became a top seller.
In terms of fashion, Kim is the founder of the TV production company, Kimsaprincess Production LLC which made her workout DVDs, fragrance lines and shoe shopping website, ShoeDazzle, possible. She designed a clothing line for Bebe and Virgin, Saints, and Angels and also launched a line of cosmetics called Khroma Beauty as well as the Kardashian Kollection in England along with her sisters.
It has been said that Kim “has monetized fame better than any other” and much of her income comes from her earnings from the Sears line, the Kardashian Kollection, the Kardashian Beauty cosmetics line and her sponsored social media presence.
Many people simply love to hate and hate to love Kim Kardashian West. She has caused the general public to question the reason as to why she is famous and claim that she (along with her mother, Kris) released her sex tape in hopes of getting fame. However, Kim describes the leak by saying, “It definitely puts you in a category that I would wish upon no one. Your reputation is all that you have, and if people prejudge you over something that you did, than that kind of sticks with you a long time.” Despite the video leak, she has made a name for herself with a number of other initiatives that have caused her immense fortune. All of her social media presence is sponsored and she currently boasts 49.8 million followers on Twitter and 91.2 million followers on Instagram. Her fans love to hang onto her every word and take each and every post, image or video to heart.
Kim is involved with a number of volunteer initiatives and gives considerably to charity. She held an eBay auction and donated 10% of her earnings to Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. She also donates 10% of her total earnings per year to charity every year.
Alternatively, Kim has brought about some conflict within the public eye by posing for a photograph by holding a kitten by the scruff of its neck. She’s also been involved in a few law suits – one of which against Sandford Siegal, the creator of the Cookie Diet, as he claimed that she defamed him on Twitter and falsely promoted the fact that she was on said-diet. She also posted a naked selfie of herself on March 7th 2016, which cause immense backlash. The selfie was captioned, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL”. While many celebrities commented on this selfie, causing a somewhat global conversation – Kim says it was a way in which to promote body positivity and sexuality.
When it comes to Kim’s personal life, the media – and all of her fans – are interested in every little detail. She’s been through quite a whirlwind of a love life before finally settling down with her now-husband, rapper Kayne West. Besides getting married at the young age of 19 only to be divorced four years later, she had a string of relationships with well-known celebrities including Nick Lachey and Reggie Bush. Later, in 2010 she had a somewhat complicated relationship with pro basketball player Kris Humphries. The pair married – and shared their elaborate wedding with the world – but ended up filing for divorce only 72 days later. After a series of long-winded arguments, the pair finalized their divorce and Kim began dating Kanye West.
In 2012, Kim announced that she was pregnant with her first child, who was born on June 15th 2013 and named North. The power couple got engaged on Kim’s 33rd birthday when Kanye rented out the AT&T baseball stadium in San Francisco. The following May, the pair were married in Florence, Italy.
It was revealed on the 10th season on Keeping Up With The Kardashian that they were hoping to have a second child, but that Kim was having immense difficulty in getting pregnant. After many tears, she announced that she was officially pregnant and they welcomed baby Saint into the world on December 5th 2015.
More recently, Kim has experience a few tragic events, such as being held at gunpoint while in Paris, France for Fashion Week at the beginning of October 2016. Kim’s arms and legs were allegedly bound and the thieves stole goods to the amount of almost $6 million US dollars. Since the event, Kim has been less active while trying to keep a low profile. She took a break from social media and decided to take some time off to recover from the events.
A month later, Kayne cancelled his tour and was hospitalized due to exhaustion. For that reason, Kim cancelled her first public appearance since the robbery in order to be with her husband. Today, she has shown to be more active across her different social media channels but is still said to be very shaken up about the ordeal.
Written by: Helena Lorimer