Kim Kardashian is known by most as an American media personality, but even though she started as one, she is not just a media personality anymore.
Ever since she shot to fame because of the reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians. Kim has achieved many more titles for herself. Initially being just another controversial famous person, Kim Kardashian West has since become a model, an actress, a socialite and a successful businesswoman. Even though she has a lot of criticizing critics, she has a huge devoted fan following in the entertainment and the fashion industry.
She has created for herself a successful career in fashion and is known as one of the richest celebrities in the world. Kim has always been a trendsetter and she stays on top in the fashion industry. But she did not just stop there. Kim has been fighting for some serious social issues that black Americans face in the USA.
Let us talk a bit about Kim Kardashian West and how she changes the world around her.
Childhood and Family
Kim Kardashian was born on 21st of October, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Robert and Kris Kardashian. She has three siblings: younger sister Khloe, younger brother Rob and older sister Kourtney. Kardashian has a rich and variant ancestry with her mother having English, Scottish Irish and Dutch ancestry and her father being a third-generation Armenian-American.
Robert and Kris got divorced in the year 1991. Kris then got married again to Bruce Jenner, who was the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist. Bruce Jenner became a huge news when she came out as a Trans woman in April 2015. Bruce changed her name to Caitlyn Jenner and changed her sex legally in the same year.
Through the wedding of Bruce and Kris, Kim gained six more brothers and sister: three step-brothers Burton, Brandon and Brody; a step-sister Casey; and two half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Kim’s father represented O. J. Simpson during the world-wide famous murder trial. Simpson is a former football player and also is godfather to Kardashian. Kim’s father passed away due to cancer in 2003.
As of 2020, Kim Kardashian, with her husband Kanye West, has four kids: North West, Chicago West, Psalm West and Saint West.
Career in Fashion and Entertainment
Kim Kardashian entered the show-business through her friend Paris Hilton, to whom Kim was also a stylist. Kim appeared as a guest on many episodes of Hilton’s show The Simple Life between the years 2003 and 2006.
She opened a boutique shop called D-A-S-H with her two sisters in Calabasas, California, in the year 2006.
Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney , Khloe, Rob Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner; the whole family starred in the world-famous reality TV show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ in October 2007. This show gave all of them a huge exposure into the fashion and entertainment world. It was a huge success and was a huge profit for the channel E!. The show is now in its 19th season.
The American Beauty has also appeared in a number of movies like Disaster Movie, Ocean’s 8, Deep in the Valley and many others. She also appeared in some shows like America’s Next Top Model, Punk’d, The Simple life, Khloé & Lamar and many more.
2010 was when Kim Kardashian got a number of endorsement deals. She endorsed a range of food products like Carl’s Jr. In the same year, Kim, Kourtney and Khloe started getting involved in the retail, beauty and fashion industry and they still continue to do so with full force.
In 2014, Kim appeared in the cover of the fashion magazine Papers. This raised some eyebrows as the cover picture was her nude buttocks with the caption “Break the Internet”. But, like they say, any publicity is good publicity; it stayed to be true in this situation too.
This “stunt” was credited to set a new benchmark in response from the social media. Paper’s website received 15.9 million views in a single day.
In November 2006, it was estimated that Kim Kardashian earns between $75,000 and $300,000 for her posts on social media endorsing beauty products, fashion brands, Coca-Cola and many other brands and charities.
Kim, in 2017, launched KKW Beauty; her own beauty and makeup line. In the same year she also launched a line of fragrances called KKW Fragrance. Since KKW first launched creme contour kits, it now also sells lip liner, blush, glosses and west palettes. We have talked the launch of a new line by KKW here.
Kim Kardashian also launched a line of shape wear called Kimono. It was heavily criticized by everyone for the name as it disrespects the traditional wear of Japan. Kim later changed the name of the brand to Skims.
In 2018, Business insider said that Kim charges $720,000 per Instagram post. The fashion icon is worth around $900 million in 2020. Kim’s husband Kanye West has a net worth close to $1.3 billion. Both of their net worth combined, they are one of the richest couples in the world.
In 2000, when Kim was 19 years old, she and music producer Damon Thomas eloped. They got divorced in 2003. Kim accused Damon of physical and emotional abuse. Before their divorce was finalized, she started dating Ray J.
In May of 2011, the fashion idol got engaged to Kris Humphries, an NBA player, whom she was dating since October 2010. They got married in August of the same year.
Kim Kardashain filed for divorce after just 72 days of marriage. Many say that this marriage was just a publicity stunt. It sure looked like it since the preparation of the wedding and the wedding ceremony were showed as specials on the channel E!.
Kim Kardashian started dating rapper Kanye West while she was still married to Humphries. Kardashian and West got engaged on October 21st, 2013, Kim’s 33rd birthday. She celebrated her 40th birthday a week ago. Check it out here.
Kim and Kanye got married on May 24th of 2014 and they are still happily married.
Kim Kardashian West has had huge social media following ever since she became famous. Many of her earnings still come from paid social media posts for which she charges a lot. And by a lot, we mean A LOT. We made a list of all her social media account so you don’t have to search for each of them separately.
- Kim has 67 million followers on twitter and you can check her twitter account here.
- On Instagram, Kim has one of the biggest following with 190 million followers as of October 2020. Check out Kim’s Instagram here.
- You can subscribe to her on Snapchat here() and follow her on Facebook by clicking here.
- If you want to find her on Google+, you can do that here.
Kim Kardashian West is immensely proud of her Scottish and Armenian heritage, although she does not speak Armenian. She has long advocated for historical significance and recognition of the Armenian Genocide, even encouraging to consider it’s acknowledgement during Obama’s tenure.
She visited Armenia and even vocally expressed her contention against an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal that denied the Genocide. She identified as a Democrat during a GQ interview in July 2016, declaring support for presidential candidate Hilary Clinton in the 2016 Election. In the recent Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Kim extended her support to Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh.
Kim is lauded for her extensive work in prison reform and justice lobbying. Notably, she helped in commutation of sentences of Chris Young and Alice Marie Johnson. For the latter, who was a leader of a major cocaine ring, Kim worked alongside President Donald Trump in ensuring a life sentence.
She has been instrumental in getting the First Step Bill passed- a highly functional prison reform Bill. She campaigned for the Bill vigorously with Van Jones and Jared Kushner, securing President Trump’s support in expediting the Bill. Van Jones credited Kim with the successful passing of the Bill, saying it would not have happened without her efforts in getting President Trump on Board.
The Bill was passed in the Senate with a great majority. The First Step Act enacted magnanimous reforms in the US prison system, setting a standard for federal law and order structures worldwide.
The 90 Days to Freedom campaign by attorneys Brittany K Barnett and Mi Angel Cody was greatly funded by Kim in 2019. It was an initiative working to acquit non-violent drug offenders from life sentences. Her contribution in the initiative as well as her advocacy in the First Step Act helped in the release of 17 citizens. She received praise for her efforts but also had several critics who accused her of grabbing attention.
However, advocate Barnett extended solidarity by expressing gratitude, saying Kim “linked arms with us to support us”.
Her tweet in 2017, which went viral, expressed concern over gun violence in the United States. The statistics table showed that while gun violence killed more than 10,000 people every year, terrorism killed 14. The table was awarded “International Statistic of the Year” (2017) in 2018 by the World Economic Forum.
The Kardashian family has been embroiled in controversies more times than can be counted. Kim is no less in having her own share of controversies.
- Upon the release of promotional photographs for her KKW Beauty line, Kim was accused of ‘blackface’ and subsequent racism. In defense to what was told by some as deliberate darkening of her face and heavy editing, Kim claimed that she was “really tan” at the time. She even apologized saying she never intended to offend anybody and understood their contentions.
- Kim Kardashian sparked tremendous outrage when a picture of her as Virgin Mary emerged. She was slammed for this ‘kimoji’, in which the star had superimposed her face on that of Mary. This was seen as disrespectful to the religion and several believers of the faith reproached her, terming her actions as condemn-able and disgusting.
- Kim got into yet another row, this time for cultural appropriation, when she announced her shape wear brand, which she had initially planned to name ‘Kimono’. The usage of the name was condemned by several people, for the kimono garment is a culturally significant artifact with a lot of heritage value. The backlash was so severe that the Mayor of Kyoto wrote an open letter explaining the significance of the garment. Kim later on changed the name of the shape wear brand to Skims, and apologized for the ignorance.
- While in Paris for Fashion Week in 2016, Kim was the victim of a robbery at the apartment in which she was staying. She was held at gunpoint, bound and gagged by five individuals dressed as police officers, while they stole about 10 million worth of her jewelry. Kim was rescued in that state, but was physically unharmed.The robbery has also been slammed by several critics as being staged. The skepticism has been paralleled to Olympian Ryan Lochte’s recent false robbery claim.