Kim Kardashian Life – Journey from a TV Star to a Successful Entrepreneur

Do you know Kim Kardashian is the fifth most followed celebrity on Instagram? She is the wife of the famous rapper Kanye West.

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Kim Kardashian Life – Journey from a TV Star to a Successful Entrepreneur

Kimberly Noel Kardashian West is the most recognizable American television personality, socialite and an entrepreneur. She is a proud co-owner of a chain of boutiques and a popular star of American reality show ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’.

Initially, Kim grabbed audience’s attention as a friend and stylist of model and singer Paris Whitney Hilton. But she came into limelight after a sex tape with her bf and singer Ray J was leaked in 2007. In recent years, Kim has gained over eleven million followers on Instagram and Twitter. She has endorsed several clothing brands and products including the most successful 2014 game ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ and 2015 photo book ‘Selfish’. The game aims to make you a Hollywood star. The game is free to download but charges for some game items. The game earned US$1.6million dollars within five days after the release.

Let us know more about her early life and success story below.

Kim Kardashian: Childhood, Education & Family

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American actress & model Kim Kardashian was born on 21 October 1980 in Los Angeles to the couple Robert and Kris. She has a younger sister Khloe, an elder sister Kourtney and a younger brother Rob. Her father Robert was third generation Armenian American, while her mother belongs to Irish, Dutch and Scottish ancestry. Kim herself says she is quarter Dutch, quarter Scottish and half Armenian.

Kim’s father became famous after he defended football player O J Simpson during his murder trial (ex-wife and her lover). The couple got divorced in 1991, and her mother then married to Bruce Jenner (1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner). Kim then gained Burton, Bordy as step-brothers and half-sisters Kylie Jenner and Kendall. Kardashian mother Kris now owns a production company where she manages all of their works.

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After her father’s death in 2003, Kim and her sisters launched a clothing boutique in the city of Calabasas near Los Angeles. It was once claimed that she is a lazy rich girl. Kim rubbished this report and said she has attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles and then made her career without family’s money. She was cut off from financial assistance when she was only 18. Kim didn’t continue her education after graduating from high school.

Throwing Light on Her Three Marriages

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It was in 2000 when Kim eloped with Damon Thomas. Damon then filed for divorce in 2003. After the completion of the divorce, she began dating popular singer Ray J. Then, in 2010, it was rumored that Kim is dating ace footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. After three months, the diva got attracted towards Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin. After that, Kardashian dated basketball player Chris Humphries for several months and got married to him on August 20 in California. The bride Kardashian spent over $75 thousand on her wedding dress, and the overall expense of the wedding was approximately $10million.

Just after 72 days of marriage, Kim filed for divorce because of irreconcilable differences. It was rumored that her marriage to Humphries was a publicity stunt to advertise Kardashian’s television ventures.

She then started dating her longtime friend Kanye West in 2012 and got married in May 2014 in Italy. Their affair and relationship became the topic of the town. The media referred Kim Kardashian marriage as ‘a historic blizzard of celebrity’. The couple exchanged the vows in Paris. Then private planes brought the couple and guests to Florence to the medieval fortress of Fort di Belvedere. At the pre-wedding, Lana Del Rey entertained the guests with his performance.

Bad Publicity that Made her Famous – Rumors of Sex Tape

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In 2007, the rumors of her sex tape with former boyfriend Ryan spread around the world. The actress denied at first but later admitted that there was a video, but she hoped that it would remain private.

Somehow video was purchased by Vivid Entertainment for $1million. Kim sued that company and then agreed for a settlement for $5million as a royalty. Later that year, Kim Kardashian and her family appeared in the reality TV series – Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show was hit at the time. It focused on Kim and also featured her sisters, mom, stepfather, and half-sisters Kylie and Kendall. The episodes covered both Kim and Khloe Kardashian weddings and the announcement of Caitlyn Jenner transitioning into a woman.

The show then became a huge hit and featured Kim’s sisters’ clothing boutique and sister Khloe and husband Lamar and Caitlyn Jenner as a transgender woman. Keeping Up with Kardashian’s gave her a big break. She then started endorsing several brands and became a popular celeb.

Kim Kardashian’s Success Story - From Being a Model to the Founder of Many Ventures

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Kim’s manager and her mother launched the Kardashian brand. Initially, the brand showed Kardashian doing stuff like posing for Playboy, making a guest appearance in movies, and appearing on Dancing with the Stars. The brand Kardashian then promoted several products including running shoes, alcohol, toilet pills, and lollipops.

In 2008, Kim Kardashian made her debut in the film spoof ‘Disaster Movie’. Later she also participated in ‘Dancing With the Stars’ where she appeared with dancer and musician Mark Alexander Ballas. She took part in the dance show with a professional dancer Mark Ballas. Unfortunately, she was eliminated just after three weeks after the show was started. She then became the producer of ‘The Spin Crowd’. The show featured the life of two PR agents. Along with this, she also built her career in modeling. Kim posed nude for male magazine Playboy.

In 2009, Kim Kardashian then did a cameo in How I Met Your Mother in the episode ‘Benefits’. She also became a guest host and guest judge of WrestleMania XXIV and America’s Next Top Model. In 2010, the NYC branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax statue of Kardashian. Later, she filmed a music video titled Jam (Turn It Up). Kanye West also made a cameo in the video. The same year, she released her own perfume ‘Kim Kardashian and also launched a sunscreen Kardashian Glamor Tan which then showcased in the chain of cosmetics stores.

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In January 2010, she came into controversy after holding a kitten by the scruff of its neck for the photograph. PETA (Animal Rights Organization) also criticized Kim for wearing fur coats and even named her in the list of worst people when it came to animal safety. The same month she was involved in a case regarding one of her endorsements. The director of CookieDiet – Sanford Siegal claimed that Kim defamed him on social media. According to him, Kim tweeted that Sanford was falsely promoting that the actress was on the cookie diet. He filed a case against her in Florida court claiming that her statements are wrong. He also claimed that Kim was on QuickTrim’s payroll when she added a post on Twitter. Kim later sent an order to Siegal to remove the given link. (12.1)

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In 2010, ‘The International Business Times’ declared that Kim Kardashian’s earnings were the highest with $6million. Later, Kim appeared as a cover girl of many journals. She was featured in Paper’s winter issue in 2014. The picture showed her nude buttocks clicked by ace photographer Jean-Paul Goude with a caption “Break The Internet” dropped many hate and love comments on social media. The picture shows the actress wearing a pearl necklace, black satin gloves with her bare back facing the camera, and oiled buttocks.

The actress received both good and bad comments. Surprisingly, Paper’s website received over 1.9million views in a day when compared to 25000 views in regular. In November 2016, it was reported that Kim Kardashian West earned $80,000to $300,000 for each Twitter, Facebook and Instagram post for endorsing beauty products like teeth whiteners and waist trainers.

When She was Robbed at Gunpoint in 2016

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While attending Paris Fashion Week, the model was robbed at gunpoint in the apartment she was staying. Five individuals gagged her and stole jewelry of over $10 million. They held a gun to her head, wrapped duct tape around her mouth and tied her waists and legs. Luckily, she was not physically harmed and managed to scream for help.

The actress recently revealed she felt grateful for that experience and how it has changed her a lot. She said, “Even though it was horrific and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, it really did deeply change me to where now I feel like I can get back to myself." "I felt like I was living in a bubble, and that opened me up to so much,” she explained.

How Did She Turn into an Entrepreneur?

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She is one of the celebrities turned entrepreneur who successfully launched a profitable business. Kim is the founder of a production company Kimsaprincess Productions LLC. The company releases workout DVDs. She also launched a fragrance line and an e-commerce shoe website – ShoeDazzle along with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. The company now boasts over 4 million customers who pay a monthly fee to get a personalized collection of shoes and handbags. Later, she also endorsed multiple brands and projects including vanilla cupcake flavor called Va-Va-Va-Nilla for Famous Cupcakes.

Besides this, Kim also owns D-A-S-H clothing boutiques in California. In 2010, Kim and her sisters developed clothing lines for Virgins, Angels, women’s retail brand Bebe stores, and Saints. In 2012, the sisters internationally launched the Kardashian Kollection in England and also opened a line of cosmetics Khroma Beauty.

Kim Kardashian’s Transformation After Plastic Surgery

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No doubt, Kim Kardashian is one of the well-recognized and influential women right now. Be it Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, they use it all.  But hands down, the pictures of Kim Kardashian tell us about the drastic changes in her looks after gaining stardom.

The actress has had plastic surgery along with her sisters. Plastic surgery is not a new thing among rich celebs. But Kim Kardashian got the most dramatic changes in her looks when compared to her sisters.

This is How She Looked Before Surgery

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One With the Father When She was in High School

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Another With Friend

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Pictures of Kim After Surgery

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Kim Kardashian’s Net Worth

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As of 2014, the net worth of Kim Kardashian was estimated to be US $45million. Much of her income includes her earnings from Sears line, Kardashian Kollection, D-A-S-H boutique, and sponsored social media posts. After settling with Vivid Entertainment, the group continued to sell the film. She also managed to describe her defeats, success, secrets of her beauty and lifestyle, and other life experiences in her autobiography Kardashian Konfidential. As of July 2018, Kim Kardashian is of worth $350million.

Kim Kardashian Now

The actress & model Kim Kardashian frequently shares her photos on Instagram. She posts cute moments spent with her kids. Kim is the fifth most followed celebrity on Instagram. No doubt, she is the trendsetter and is followed by millions of women from around the world. In 2017, one of her photos without photoshop was leaked on the Internet. Her fans didn’t like her photos, and in a few days, 100,000 users unfollowed her.

So this was all about Kim Kardashian’s life, how she became an actor, model, and a successful entrepreneur. No doubt, she is an inspiration to many. Did her life stories inspire you in any way? Drop your comments below.


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