Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian; October 21, 1980) is a model, actress, entrepreneur, socialite and star of the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Date of Birth
21 October 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA
Kimberly Noel Kardashian
5′ 2½” (1.59 m)
Kim Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980, in Beverly Hills, California. In recent years, the she has garnered a Paris Hilton-like celebrity status thanks to her curvaceous style, a hit reality TV show, a string of workout DVDs, and last, but not least, a scandalous video showcasing her sexual exploits with former boyfriend, rapper Ray J. In 2006, she opened a boutique with her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé.
Early Life of Kim Kardashin (1980 – 2007)
Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton). She has an older sister Kourtney, a younger sister Khloé, and a younger brother Rob. Their mother is of Dutch, English, Irish and Scottish ancestry, while their father was a third-generation Armenian American. After their parents divorced in 1991, her mother married again that year, to Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner), the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner. Through their marriage, Kardashian gained step-brothers Burton “Burt”, Brandon, and Brody; step-sister Casey; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
As a teenager, she attended Marymount High School, a Roman Catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles. In 1994, her father represented football player O. J. Simpson during his murder trial. Simpson is Kim Kardashian’s godfather. Kim’s father died in 2003 of cancer.
In 2000, a 19-year-old Kardashian eloped with music producer Damon Thomas. Thomas filed for divorce in 2003. Kardashian later credited their separation to physical and emotional abuse on his part. During this time, Kardashian was also close friends with socialite Paris Hilton, through whom she first garnered media attention.
Prior to the completion of her divorce, Kardashian began dating singer Ray J. 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 K Superstar. She later dropped the suit and settled for $5 million.
“It definitely puts you in a category that I would wish upon no one,” Kim Kardashian later said on The Tyra Banks Show. “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.”
Reality TV Star: ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’
Around the time of the video’s release, Kardashian started making her way onto the television screen for something completely different, when the E! Network debuted a new reality TV series called Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Produced by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, the show follows the lives of Kim; her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé; brother Robert Jr.; mother Kris Jenner; stepfather Bruce Jenner; and the two young daughters of Kris and Bruce, Kendall and Kylie. In one memorable episode from the first season, Kim discusses with her family an offer from Playboy to appear nude in the magazine. Kardashian eventually agreed to do it, and bared it all for the publication in the December 2007 issue.
Which, in a way, represents just how far Kardashian has come in terms of confidence about her own body. A big part of the Kardashian brand is her curves, something she wasn’t always so enamored with, she admits. “I used to say my prayers before bed, and pray I would stop developing,” she toldPlayboy. That’s apparently changed. “You always see the typical skinny models and I’m not that and I’m proud not to be that,” she stated following the shoot.
Celebrity Status and Entrepreneurship :
Since then, Kim Kardashian’s celebrity status has only grown. The woman who became the most Googled celebrity in 2008, ending Britney Spears’s four-year-run, signed on to become the face of Bongo Jeans in 2008. In 2008, she made her feature film debut in the disaster film spoof Disaster Movie, in which she appeared as a character named Lisa. That year, she was one of thirteen participants on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with Mark Ballas. Kardashian was the third contestant to be eliminated.
In March 2009, Kardashian launched a shoe shopping service that taps into the expertise of Hollywood’s most revered stylists. In addition, there are plans for the debut of her own perfume line. n April, she released a workout DVD series, Fit in Your Jeans by Friday, with trainers Jennifer Galardi and Patrick Goudeau. Kardashian played Elle in four episodes of the television series Beyond the Break. Kardashian become a guest host of WrestleMania XXIV and guest judge on America’s Next Top Model in August of that year. In September, Fusion Beauty and Seven Bar Foundation launched “Kiss Away Poverty”, with Kardashian as the face of the campaign. For every LipFusion lipgloss sold, $1 went to the Foundation to fund women entrepreneurs in the US. The following month, she released her first fragrance self-titled “Kim Kardashian”. In December 2009, Kardashian made a guest star appearance on CBS’s CSI: NY with Vanessa Minnillo.
In 2010, Kardashian had a whirlwind courtship with pro basketball player Kris Humphries. The pair married in a lavish, televised ceremony the following August in front of more than 400 guests. But wedded bliss would be short-lived for Kardashian and Humphries. Kardashian filed for divorce after only 72 days of marriage. Humphries sought an annulment instead and claimed that the marriage was a fraud. In April 2013, it was announced that Kardashian and Humphries had settled their divorce, avoiding a long-awaited trial that had been scheduled to take place in May 2013.
Current and Recent:
Kardashian’s official website gets 6 million page views a month, making it the fastest growing celebrity blog on the web. She also has over 34 million followers on Twitter.
When not working, Kim gives her time to charitable causes. She is a Dream Foundation ambassador which grants last wishes to terminally ill adults and does regular sales on Ebay to generate donations for the charity. She enjoys spending time with children at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and is passionate about cancer foundations since her father, the late Robert Kardashian, passed away from esophageal cancer. Kardashian recently gave a heart-felt speech about her father at Gabrielle’s Angel Foundations’ Angel Ball which supports cancer research.
In February 2013, a judge ruled that Kardashian’s divorce case with Humphries would go to trial, and set a trial date for May. However, on April 19, 2013, 536 days after Kardashian’s initial divorce filing, she and Humphries reached an undisclosed divorce settlement, avoiding a trial. The divorce was legally finalized on June 3, 2013.
Kardashian gave birth to daughter North on June 15, 2013, five weeks prior to her due date. Kardashian and West became engaged on October 21, Kardashian’s 33rd birthday, and married on May 24, 2014 at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.Kardashian and West appeared together on the American Vogue cover for the magazine’s April 2014 issue. The cover has been lauded by some, while others have taken a more critical look of the reality star being on the cover, with her and West dubbed the “#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.
As of May 2014, Kardashian was estimated to be worth $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 million” and said she “has monetized fame better than any other.
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