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Have you ever met someone who wasn’t Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Neither have we. Whether your contacts love them, hate them or pretend to never have heard of the uber-famous family, the evolution of the Kardashians can’t be ignored If you look at the Kardashians then and now it's startling. Since 2007, their glamorous lives, growing pains, dramatic affairs, and unbreakable family bonds have been on display for the world to watch. 16 seasons later, the Kardashian clan is still building an empire of followers on and off the screen.
The Kardashians got their major break in show business when their reality television series became a mega-hit on E! Just a quick recap for those of you who still claim the Kardashian clan doesn’t ring a bell. There’s Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, their brother Rob and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner along with their "momager," Kris. From their fashion hits to misses, their love connections to disses and their business wins and losses here’s a look back at how much the Kardashians have changed since their television debut and why there’s no shame in knowing their name.
It wouldn’t be considered an ordinary week if Kim wasn’t flaunting her barely-nude body across all social media platforms or on the front pages of the press, but there was a brief moment in time when she contemplated going commando. When Playboy asked Kim to pose for the magazine, she actually hesitated to take the job. But luckily for her confidence, career and hardcore fans it only took a little persuasion to seal the deal. Now, this once shy starlet (her infamous leaked sex tape DOES not count) is all about celebrating life in her birthday suit, 'Nude selfies until I die.’
The first few episodes of the Kardashians were, well…let’s just say - ALL ABOUT KIM. Most of the hour of programming was focused on Kim’s budding career and how her mom, Kris, managed all her bookings (she even tried to get the commercial breaks to be about her, JK). But as the popularity of the show grew Kourtney and Khloé refused to act as extras, the girls proved and earned their roles of supporting stars and sisters. Post-season one, the storylines focused on the shenanigans of all three sisters as they brought the love and drama to their family show.
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At 9 years old, Kylie Jenner became a child reality star overnight. Although life seemed pretty darn good for the mini-socialite in the fast lane, navigating through life as a “celebritween” had its ups and downs. When most young girls had their private diaries to write into about their feelings, Kylie's emotions were caught on camera and televised for the whole world to see. Whether she witnessed her older sisters getting ready for a date or an interview, she wanted to be noticed too. Viewers got a glimpse of sibling rivalry when Kendall signed her first modeling contract and Kylie was filled with envy over her sister’s turn at success. Fast forward to 2019, and a cosmetic line worth mega bucks, Kylie is named by Forbes as the youngest-ever self-made billionaire. Bam! Who’s jealous now?
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What is Kourtney eating now? Keto, gluten-free, no dairy – the public has become obsessed with Kourtney’s diet regimen and intense workout schedule. In a now-deleted scene from KUWTK, Kourtney sent shock waves through viewers after revealing her weight. She admittedly tips the scale at a whopping 98 pounds, which some could consider too low, but in all fairness, she is the shortest Kardashian measuring at 5 feet tall. However, before her clean eating, sugar-free, organic meals made headlines Kourtney didn’t have many dietary restrictions for staying fit. From indulging in cocktails to sushi to dessert on the show, Kourtney embraced her figure and loved showing off her sexy curves, especially during her pregnancies. If only we could all look like her during our maternal months.
The outspoken family had more than a few choice words for Kourtney’s long-term boyfriend, Scott Disick, during the early stages of their relationship. As a matter of fact, when Kourtney was pregnant with her and Scott’s first child, Kris confessed just hearing Scott’s name made her 'cringe'. But his funny sense of humor and charismatic nature earned him a permanent seat at the Kardashian's dinner table. Three kids later and a turbulent turned amicable breakup, the Kardashians consider Scott part of the family. Despite his past with drinking, cheating accusations and disorderly conduct, matriarch Kris embraces the father of her grandchildren as her son. And the lovefest doesn’t stop there. Khloé and Scott’s bond has always been tight even during the darkest of times.
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Don’t mess with her kids! Kris Jenner has dedicated her life to her children as if working for them doesn't say it all. Six kids and nine grand-kids later and counting, Kris has given the working mom and grandma newfound respect. Once just manager to her ex Bruce Jenner and daughter Kim, Kris has overseen the business ventures for many of her family members. She’s always proud to promote her affection for all of them on her social media accounts by sending out heartfelt praises and sweet messages of affection. Knowing Kris’ showbiz style, she is probably brainstorming about future opportunities for the next generation.
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It’s been years since the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan have been brunettes all at the same time. From blonde locks to pink highlights to green waves -the reality TV moguls have morphed their manes into various color combinations of the rainbow. Always experimental with their fashion choices, lip color and facial contour tricks their hair hue selections have inspired many followers to try out their latest trendsetting cuts and colors. In previous years, Kim has been spotted as a red-head, Khloé a platinum blonde and Kylie with turquoise tresses. Regardless of their shade of the month, week, day or hour they always look amazing.
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Although this family is known for stealing the spotlight, their brother Rob needed to distance himself from all the lights, camera, and action. We were introduced to Rob as the only male sibling in the family who got attention from all the ladies in the house. He launched a sock line titled Arthur George (middle name of his late father Robert Kardashian and his own), impressed ABC’s Dancing with the Stars judges and audience and won second place with his dance partner Cheryl Burke. But after some tough times with his on-and-off weight gains and girlfriend drama Rob wanted to find a place to retreat away from his TV shooting schedule and focus on being the best dad to daughter, Dream.
On the first episode EVER of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in a Tyra Banks mock interview given by Kourtney, Kim tells her what she does for a living, “I own a clothing store and a wardrobe stylist.” Of course, she was considered successful back then, but unless Kris is also a psychic, although we wouldn’t put it past her, no one could predict how rich and famous of a businesswoman Kim would become. Here are some jobs Kim could add to her resume if she ever needs to seek employment again: Wax figurine, book author, Mobile game and app based on her, and makeup line founder of KKW.
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Many spinoffs have been generated from the popularity of the original Kardashians program, but none have been as life-changing and inspiring for an audience as 'Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian'. Every show, Khloé and a team of fitness trainers help makeover and transform an individual’s body and mind. Khloé known for her yo-yo dieting was able to kick her poor eating habits and Voila...she figured out how to eat right and train for a fight to stay healthy. Her workouts and wellness tips have made headlines and in pure Khloé style, she wanted to pay it forward by giving other people a chance to live the healthiest version of themselves.
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Known as the reserved and shy Kar-Jenner child, Kendall figured out how to talk the talk and walk the walk on the runway. Her aspirations of becoming a model were documented on the show, but when the world first met Kendall she was a low-key California preteen dealing with homework, daily chores and looking up to her older sisters. These days she is traveling the world and posing for photo shoots in the most luxurious locations. She has topped the list of highest-paid models banking $22.5 million. Not such a bad living for an independent 23-year-old woman.
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It’s hard to empathize with a family that appears in front of the camera to have everything they always wanted, but the Kardashians have dealt with their own heartbreak and hardships. Here’s a look back at ‘America’s First Family’ and the difficulties they’ve tackled along the way. Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Rob lost their father, famous lawyer, Robert Kardashian to cancer. In addition, many of their difficult life issues were addressed on camera. It’s hard to forget about Khloé's infertility issues and public divorce from former basketball player Lamar Odom, or when Kim was held at gunpoint and robbed in Paris and the tear jerking moment Kris and Bruce ended their marriage in light of Bruce’s transition announcement. What other proof do we need that they are still human?
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Keeping up with the Kardashian Kommunication is a full-time business all by itself. In 2007, the girls used their E! show for self-promotion, but now the family doesn’t need to wait for its one day a week episode to air to excite fans about their latest ventures and whereabout announcements. Whether they are launching an online media blitz about their latest endeavors or endorsements on Twitter or using Snapchat filters to connect with their audience, the Kardashian’s are truly social media masters at remaining relevant every minute.
It’s pretty obvious the girls have upgraded their glam squad since the first season, but how far have they really gone to enhance their looks, lips, and hips? Although a lot of their transformation is hearsay here’s the lowdown on their beauty-filler-ness. After months of speculation and denial, Kylie admitted to getting lip fillers. Khloé claims her thinner nose is due to contouring makeup tricks, not a result of going under the knife. Butt-implants, nose job, and facial reconstruction have all been attached to Kim’s appearance, but the reality star has only admitted to using Botox to reduce her wrinkles. The only Kardashian who set the record straight about her surgery is Kris. She received a facelift during filming.
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The Kardashians have been targets of tabloids, haters and talk show comics for over a decade. Many believe they have gotten famous for doing nothing at all. If only it was that easy! But this crew isn’t letting the backlash back them into a corner. Kim plans on following in her late father’s footsteps and is currently working towards becoming a lawyer. Clearly, she isn’t doing it for the money but has a vested interest in improving the criminal court system. She already has taken her case to the White House and is on a first name basis with President Trump.
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Kourtney, Khloé, Kim, Rob, and Kylie are all part of the cool parent club and aren’t afraid to spoil their kids with a designer bag, car and shoes. Although their attire and toys cost more than college tuition the Kardashians have offered some valuable advice to real moms. Kim’s parenting philosophy is “You just have to wing it” and preaches what her mama told her, “Family is everything”. Kourtney is proof co-parenting is possible with ex and Khloé breaks down first-time mom anxiety, “You're not going to ever put your child in harm's way. You're going to hear tons of unsolicited advice; I promise you, you're going to be fine." Whether it's working hard to grow their family or start a new business it obvious the Kardashians don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.