Kim Kardashian is truly an iconic figure today. She has over 140 million followers on Instagram and had the sixth most followers on Instagram as of 2019. She has over 60 million followers on Twitter and the twelfth most followers on the website according to CBS News. Kim won Teen Choice Awards from 2010 to 2013 and in 2016 for her appearance in her reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She also won a People's Choice Awards and a Glamour Award in 2011. She also won a CFDA award in 2018. These awards were for being a reality TV star, entrepreneur, and influencer.
The Kardashians air their lives on reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians. They are also consistently on gossip and tabloid websites. Therefore, you might feel like you know everything there is to know about Kim and her sisters. However, you could not be more wrong. This article will tell you secrets from Kim's life from before she started filming Keeping Up With The Kardashians. It will also tell you about behind-the-scenes information about Kardashian. This shows that she is more than just the socialite that she presents herself as on the show. Read on to find out secrets about the Hollywood starlet:
You may think that Kim Kardashian's first marriage was her 72-day stint with Kris Humphries. But before she got married to Kris, she eloped with a music producer named Damon Thomas at the tender age of 19. Three years later, Damon filed for divorce. Kim Kardashian stated that the reason why they separated is due to Thomas' physical and emotional abuse. She also said that she was high on ecstasy during the wedding ceremony. This does not explain why she stayed with him afterward for three years. Before Kim Kardashian and Damon Thomas' divorce was finalized, she began dating Ray J, a decision which eventually leads to her overnight fame.
One of the things that Kim Kardashian is most infamous for (aside from her 2003 sex tape with Ray J) is her 72-day long marriage to basketball star, Kris Humphries. A lot of the controversy was based on the fact that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humpries' wedding was aired on an E! special and cost about $20 million dollars. Even though Kim Kardashian filed for divorce on October 31, 2011, she started dating rapper Kanye West in April 2012 before she was legally divorced from Kris Humpries. Her divorce from Kris Humpries was finalized on June 3, 2013, a few days before the birth of her first child, North West on June 15, 2013.
Even though Kanye West and Kim Kardashian only started dating in 2012, they knew each other long before. According to The Daily Mail, they met for the first time in 2004 when Kim was married to Damon Thomas. Kanye became attracted to Kim when he saw a photo of Kim showing off her legs with her friend, Paris Hilton, in 2006. They reunited in September 2007, but Kanye West was engaged to Alexis Phifer and Kim was dating Reggie Bush. Kim and Kanye even took a picture together with Kanye's ex-fiance. Kanye and Kim had a few other encounters, including a Y-3 fashion show in February 2009, a secret meeting at Kim's DASH store in October 2010, and time on the set on December 2010 for Kim's Jam (Turn It Up) music video. After Kim filed for divorce from Kris Humphries, Kanye West swooped in.
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Kim's sex tape with Ray J, Kim K Superstar, turned Kim Kardashian from a budding business mogul to an overnight sensation. Of course, the newfound attention caused some people to see her as a sex symbol and others to see her in a less positive light. Some people even believe that Kim Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner, was responsible for leaking her daughter's sex tape. But according to reports from United Press International, this may not be the case. Kim Kardashian filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, the distribution company behind Kim K Superstar. But Kim decided to drop the suit and allow Vivid Entertainment to release the tape, earning $5 million dollars from the sex tape alone.
In 2008, Kim Kardashian entered the acting world by starring in the satire, Disaster Movie. She played a character named Lisa Taylor. In an interview with TV Guide, Kim stated that her favorite parts of the movie were the Amy Winehouse spoof and her fight scene with Carmen Electra. However, Kim Kardashian's tune has completely changed in the ABC game show, Big Fan. In the game show, Kim Kardashian revealed that she was “mortified” of her role in the satirical movie and she could not watch the clip from the scene where she died from being hit by a meteor.
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Kim Kardashian became successful when she starred in the popular reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians from 2007 and its spin-offs, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Khloe and Lamar. In 2008, Kim Kardashian became a contestant on the reality TV show, Dancing With the Stars for its seventh season. Her dancing partner was singer and dancer, Mark Ballas. Unfortunately, Kim Kardashian was the third contestant to be eliminated. Kim also starred as a guest judge on the reality TV show, America's Next Top Model. Other reality TV show appearances include The Simple Life with her friend, Paris Hilton, from 2003 to 2006, a hosting gig for “Bad Girls Club” in 2008, an episode of Punk'd in 2012, and Celebrities Undercover in 2014.
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Actually, all three of the Kardashian sisters share a New York Times bestseller novel. The three sisters collaborated together to write a novel called Kardashian Konfidential. The book teaches its readers more about the Kardashian sisters. For example, Kim always wanted to be on reality television, particularly the MTV show, The Real World. Khloe dropped her middle name, Alexandra, when she got married to basketball player, Lamar Odom. And Kourtney was on another E! reality TV show called Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. In January 2011, Kardashian Konfidential peaked at 5 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It spent four weeks on the list.
In 2010, Kim Kardashian starred in a Carl's Jr. commercial, joining the likes of Jessica Simpson, Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, and Kate Upton. In the commercial, Kim explains how she's such a neat freak while sexily eating a salad on a bed and then going in a foamy bubble bath to clean up. Usually, the women in Carl's Jr. commercials eat the burgers. However, the CEO of Carl's Jr. said that Kim “was not good at eating the burger.” After he received backlash for his statement, he apologized and clarified by saying 'At the time we were looking to cast our newest hamburger commercial, Kim, our top pick, was going low-carb and couldn't eat the burger on the bun.'
You probably heard about the person who threw flour on Kim Kardashian in 2012. But did you know that the person responsible was a PETA activist who did it because Kim Kardashian wore fur? As a result, Khloe Kardashian said that PETA is dead to her and she quit working for them. Khloe previously posed for a naked ad for PETA in 2008. Two years prior, PETA listed Kim Kardashian as “one of the five worst people for animal welfare” since she consistently wears animal fur. She has also received controversy in April 2010 for holding a kitten by the scruff of its neck in a photograph.
Jam (Turn It Up) was Kim Kardashian's first music video. She previously appeared in Fall Out Boy's “Thnks fr th Mmrs” in 2007. She premiered the music video in December 2010 at a New Year's Eve party at TAO Las Vegas. Kanye West even made a cameo in the music video. When asked if there was an album coming up in a Billboard interview, Kim stated that she did the song for her reality TV show, Kourtney and Kim Take New York. She also gave away half of the proceeds to a cancer organization since one of The Dream's parents and Kim Kardashian's father passed away from cancer.
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After acting in movies such as Disaster Movie and Deep in The Valley, Kim starred in Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. She played the role of the co-worker of a therapist. Although it earned a moderate amount of money in the box office, the movie received a lot of negative backlash, earning a 15% score from Rotten Tomatoes. Kim Kardashian's role received a lot of backlash as well. She won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress against Salma Hayek in Grown Ups 2, Katherine Heigl in The Big Wedding, Lady Gaga in Machete Kills, and Lindsey Lohan in Scary Movie 5 and InAPPropriate Comedy.
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In 2014, you probably spent a lot of your time playing the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app trying to become a star and going against the ultimate mean girl, Willow Pape. But you probably did not know that the game earned $1.6 million dollars five days after it has been released, which is a tremendous amount for a free app. It turns out that those in-app purchases and ads add up after all. As well, the developer of the app announced a month after the app's release that it was at the time the fifth highest-earning game in the Apple store.
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Social media is a medium that we often use to share our lives with our friends and family and take a glimpse into the lives of family, friends, influencers, and celebrities. But for celebrities, social media is a tool that they use to make thousands, sometimes even millions of dollars. As of November 2016, Kim Kardashian was paid from $75,000 to $300,000 for each social media post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Her endorsements included waist trainers, teeth whiteners, Coca-Cola, and other well-known brands and charities. In 2018, Kim Kardashian charged $720,000 per Instagram post according to Business Insider.
Kim Kardashian discusses her health issues on her reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She was diagnosed with psoriasis at 30 years old. Since she told her psoriasis story on the show, Kim Kardashian has remained transparent about her psoriasis journey. She even posted selfies of her face and legs in 2019 to share with her followers. Kim Kardashian was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in 2017. Doctors believe that Kim Kardashian got the syndrome from taking too many selfies and advised her to wear a wrist brace. She also had to get an assistant to take pictures of her in a selfie-like manner.
Kylie Jenner has the highest net worth out of the Kardashian/Jenner family. Her makeup company, Kylie Cosmetics, is estimated to be worth $900 million dollars. But her older sister, Kim Kardashian also has a high net worth. She is worth $350 million dollars, and her makeup line, KKW Beauty Line, is worth $100 million. She also makes money from her endorsements and from Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Kim also ranked as 54 on Forbes' list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women in 2018 (Kylie ranked at #27.) Kim Kardashian also made $45.5 million dollars between June 2016 and June 2017, according to Forbes Magazine.
Kim Kardashian dated many people in the spotlight, including Kanye West, Ray J, Reggie Bush, Nick Lachey, Nick Cannon, and Gabriel Aubry to name a few. But did you know that Kim Kardashian dated Michael Jackson's nephew, or Tito Jackson's son when she was a teenager? According to the Daily Mail, she even visited the Neverland Ranch for her 14th birthday. When Kim Kardashian made the decision to have sex with TJ, her longtime boyfriend at the time, she discussed her decision with her mother, who agreed to put her on birth control. Kim Kardashian still talks to the Jackson family occasionally, but they both have a busy schedule so they don't keep up too much.
Since Kim Kardashian became famous from a sex tape and frequently posts racy pictures on the internet, this may come as a surprise. But according to InStyle Magazine, Kim Kardashian is “really religious”. She explains that she starts the day with a Bible verse from her mother. She also went to Presbyterian and Catholic schools growing up. Kim Kardashian baptized North West in the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Cathedral of St. James in Jerusalem in April 2015. As well, Khloe Kardashian is North West's appointed godmother. Khloe Kardashian even went to Jerusalem with Kim, Kanye, and North to baptize her at the church.
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You may only know about OJ Simpson from the OJ trial in 1995. Kim Kardashian's late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., served as OJ Simpson's attorney and is part of the reason why he was acquitted in the widely famous case. Kardashian reactivated his law license, especially so that he could work on OJ Simpson's case. And he visited OJ in jail and always sat by his side in court appearances. But did you know that OJ Simpson was always a longtime friend of the Kardashian family? Robert Kardashian and OJ Simpson met in the 1970s, and since then, the two remained close friends until Kardashian's death. And after, OJ Simpson remained a close family friend of the Kardashian's. Robert Kardashian might have even named OJ Simpson Kim Kardashian's godfather.
Whether you like her or not, Kim Kardashian is definitely influencing many people. She made Time Magazine's 2015 list, along with her husband, Kanye West, Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai, Hilary Clinton, and Barack Obama. It is not a surprise that Kim Kardashian made the list since she serves as an influencer on social media websites, such as Instagram. She also is the main star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which is among the 50 TV shows that have the most Facebook likes. Kim Kardashian also made Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on The Internet in 2017 along with Rihanna and Chrissy Teigen.
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Before she was a reality TV star, Kim Kardashian was a businesswoman. She opened up DA SH, a boutique that sells clothing and accessories with her two sisters Khloe and Kourtney in 2006. She featured the stores on her reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. They also had a reality TV show called Dash Dolls, that was dedicated to the young employees at the Kardashian boutique. Keeping Up With The Kardashians was originally supposed to bring more attention and sales to the D-A-S-H boutique, so it shocked Kim when she made more money from reality TV than from sales at any of her D-A-S-H locations. Unfortunately, all three of the locations closed their doors in 2018.
One thing that the Kardashians know is that sex sells. They received controversy previously for using Kim Kardashian's sex tape to promote Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Over the span of a month, Keeping Up With The Kardashians garnered 1.3 million views. In an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim debated whether she could pose nude for the magazine. In December 2007, Playboy released Kim's nude photo shoot. She posted the throwback photos on her social media in 2017 following Hugh Hefners' death. Kim Kardashian explained that her Playboy shoot helped her to become “independent”. It also helped her stray from the “good daughter” image her parents held her to.
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Reality TV Star, Kim Kardashian gets her love for the spotlight and PR from her mother. She also got her father's advocacy side. As you may know, Kim Kardashian is following in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer. She has a desire to become a lawyer even though her dad warned her against the profession. But even before, she served as a social activist. She takes pride in her Armenian and Scottish ancestry. Kim traveled to Armenia with Kanye, North, and Khloe to visit the Armenian Genocide memorial. She also criticized the Wall Street Journal for featuring an ad that denies the Armenian Genocide. Kim Kardashian also worked in prison reform.