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Kardashian at the 2009 première of Wonderful World

Kimberly Noel "Kim" Kardashian[1] (born October 21, 1980[2]) is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and businesswoman. She is known for starring in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the E! reality series that she shares with her family, and its spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York.[3] Prior to the development of her career as a reality television star, Kardashian gained notoriety as the subject of a sex tape that subsequently resulted in a court awarding her $5 million. She has been involved in the production of several lines of clothing and fragrances. In 2010, she was the highest earning reality star, with estimated earnings of $6 million.

In August 2011, Kardashian married basketball player Kris Humphries in a widely publicized ceremony. In October 2011, Kardashian filed for divorce, 72 days after the wedding.

Early lifeEdit

Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of attorney Robert Kardashian and his wife Kris Kardashian (née Houghton). Her father was a third generation Armenian American, and her mother is of Dutch and Scottish descent.[4] Kardashian has two sisters, Kourtney and Khloé, and one brother, Robert. She has stepbrothers Burton Jenner, Brandon Jenner, and reality TV star Brody Jenner, step-sister Casey Jenner, and half-sisters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.[5] She attended Marymount High School.[6]



2007–present: Reality televisionEdit

Kardashian's first television role was on Beyond the Break. In October 2007, Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on E!, focusing on the lives of Kardashian, her two sisters, mother, brother, half-sisters, and stepfather. As of October 2011, the series has aired 69 episodes over six seasons and has three spin-offs.

Kardashian was one of 13 participants on the seventh season of Dancing with the Stars.[7][8] She was partnered with Mark Ballas and was the third contestant voted off the show on September 30, 2008, finishing in 11th place overall.[9]

Kardashian is the producer of The Spin Crowd, a reality television show about Command PR, a New York City public relations firm, run by Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck. The show follows them as they settle into their new offices in Los Angeles. Kardashian is friends with both, specifically Cheban, and frequently appears on her reality shows. She also appeared at the 2010 MTV VMAs on September 12, 2010.[10] She also appeared in and was the subject and judge of a task on the ninth episode of Season 10 of The Apprentice in 2010; the two teams had to create an in-store display for her new perfume line, to be sold at Perfumania.[11][12]

In 2011, Kourtney and Kim Take New York premiered on E!, following Kardashian and her sister Kourtney as they open a D-A-S-H boutique in New York City. The series is the second of three spin-offs from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the first being Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and the third being Khloé & Lamar. As of January 2012, the series has aired two seasons.

2007–09: Retail and film venturesEdit

Kardashian co-owns a clothing boutique called D-A-S-H with her sisters Kourtney and Khloé.[13] In December 2007, Kardashian posed nude for Playboy.[14] In February 2008, Bongo Jeans announced that she would be their face model.[15] She has also modeled for Carl's Jr., Sugar Factory lollipops, and various other products.[16][17]

Kardashian starred in the 2008 disaster film spoof Disaster Movie as Lisa,[8] and appeared in the How I Met Your Mother episode "Benefits". She also appeared on the Season 3 premiere of the series 90210 with her sisters Khloé and Kourtney; they all played themselves.[18] Kardashian was a guest hostess of WrestleMania XXIV and appeared as a guest judge during Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model.[19] On December 16, 2009, Kardashian made a guest star appearance on CBS's CSI: NY with Vanessa Minnillo.[20][8] In 2009 she had a cameo as club bouncer in the 2009 porn film spoof Deep in the Valley[8]

Sanford Siegal, the creator of the Cookie Diet, sued Kardashian, claiming she defamed him on Twitter. According to Siegal, Kardashian tweeted in October 2009 that he was "falsely promoting" that she was on the cookie diet. Siegal filed a claim in a Florida state court claiming the statements are false and defamatory. He also alleges that Kardashian was on QuickTrim's payroll when she posted the tweet. Kardashian's tweet appears to stem from an article on, that named Kardashian as one of many celebrities who saw positive results on the diet. Kardashian sent a cease-and-desist order to Siegal, demanding the link be removed.[21]

2010–present: Continued careerEdit

Kardashian released her own fragrance product in 2010.[22] In March 2009, Kardashian launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle shopping,[23] of which she is the co-founder and chief fashion stylist.[16] The following month on April 9, 2009, Kardashian released a workout DVD series, Fit In Your Jeans By Friday, with trainers Jennifer Galardi and Patrick Goudeau.[13][24] In September 2009, 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.[25]

She has also been featured in numerous international editions of FHM, including the cover of the April 2010 Australian edition and the UK March 2011 edition.[26] Famous Cupcakes, a Los Angeles bakery, created a vanilla cupcake mix for Kardashian. The cupcake flavor is called Va-Va-Va-Nilla.[16] Kardashian has also created jewelry along with her sisters, Khloé and Kourtney. They produced a collection for Virgins, Saints, and Angels in 2010.[27]

Again with her sisters, Kardashian has released various clothing lines. One called K-Dash was to be sold on QVC in 2010,[28] and in the same year they produced a range for Bebe.[29][30][31] As of August 2011 they are creating another for Sears, called the Kardashian Kollection.[32] In addition, Kardashian and her sisters created a sunless tanner called Kardashian Glamour Tan in 2010.[33] On July 1, 2010, the New York City branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax figure of Kardashian.[34]

Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé wrote an autobiography entitled Kardashian Konfidential, which was released in stores on November 23, 2010.[35]

In April 2010, Kardashian sparked controversy over the way she held a cat for a photograph.[36] The same year, animal rights organization PETA criticized Kardashian for repeatedly wearing fur coats, and named her as one of the five worst people or organizations of 2010 when it came to animal welfare.[37] In June 2010, The Guardian commented on her ability to attract payments of up to US$10,000 from sponsors for each tweet that she broadcasts.[38]

In December 2010, Kardashian filmed a music video for a song titled "Jam (Turn It Up)". The video was directed by Hype Williams; Kanye West makes a cameo in the video.[39] Kardashian premiered the song during a New Year's Eve party at TAO Las Vegas on December 31, 2010.[40] The song was produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. When asked if an album is in the works, Kardashian replied: "There's no album in the works or anything – just one song we did for Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and a video Hype Williams directed, half of the proceeds we're giving away to a cancer foundation, because The-Dream's and one of my parents passed away from cancer. It's just all having fun – with a good cause".[41] Jim Farber, writing for the Daily News, called the song a "dead-brained piece of generic dance music, without a single distinguishing feature," and suggested that the single made Kardashian the "worst singer in the reality TV universe."[42]


Kardashian, after the weight gain.

Kim in 2010 endorsed the weight loss product Quicktrim, which she publically told to Ok! magazine in January of that year that she had lost 15 pounds on the product. According to, the claims she made are based on "no scientific evidence", and that the product only focuses on eliminating water weight from the body, which leads to "Losing some weight, but the next step is gaining it all back, and then some." This later proved to be true for Kardashian, who gained all the weight back, and actually gaining five pounds overall. She was later sued by angry customers of the product, but the charges were dropped.

Kardashian's 2010 earnings were the highest among Hollywood-based reality stars, being estimated at $6 million.[43]

In 2011, Kardashian came under fire when, late in the year, she gained a lot of weight very suddenly. Ok! magazine says, "With a diet full of junk food and high in calorie, it is no surprise that Kim Kardashian gained 10lbs soon after arriving in New York to film her reality television show ‘Kourtney & Kim Take New York’." Later, she told magazines that her weight gain is due to a bad diet plan and the virtually non-existent exercise regime. She ballooned during this period, putting on 35 pounds.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, Kardashian married music producer Damon Thomas; their relationship ended in divorce in 2004. Subsequently she dated R&B singer Ray J, NFL star Reggie Bush[44] and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin.[45] She also dated model Gabriel Aubry.[46]

In February 2007, a home sex video that she made with singer Ray J in 2003[47] was leaked.[48] Vivid Entertainment bought the rights for $1 million and released the film as Kim Kardashian: Superstar on February 21.[48] Kardashian sued Vivid for ownership of the tape. In late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million.[49]

Kardashian was a friend of Paris Hilton, who introduced her to the socialite scene.

Kardashian has supported the recognition of the Armenian Genocide on numerous occasions and has encouraged Barack Obama and the United States government to consider its acknowledgement. On April 21, 2011, a few days before the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she wrote about the issue on her blog in an effort to put it under spotlight and also sent a tweet to her fans urging its recognition.[50]

Kardashian began dating NBA player Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets in October 2010. They became engaged in May 2011,[51] and married on August 20, 2011 in Montecito, California.[52] A two-part TV special showing the preparations and the wedding itself aired on E! in early October 2011, amidst what the Washington Post called a "media blitz" related to the wedding.[53] After 72 days of marriage, Kardashian filed for divorce from Humphries on October 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences.[54] After filing for the divorce, Kardashian asked the court to order Humphries to pay his own legal expenses.[55] On December 1, 2011, Humphries filed his response to Kardashian's petition, requesting an annulment on the grounds of fraud or if the court will not grant an annulment, a decree of legal separation rather than Kardashian's requested divorce.[56]

Several news outlets have surmised that Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries was merely a publicity stunt to promote the Kardashian family's brand and their subsequent television ventures.[57] Her former publicist has also claimed that her short-lived wedding was indeed staged and a ploy to generate money. Kardashian has since filed suit against him, saying his claims were untrue.[58] A widely circulated petition asking to remove all Kardashian related programing off the air has been followed since their split.[59]



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