From Celebrity Stylist
To Superstardom -
Kim Kardashian’s Journey To Fame

By Abijah Keru on April 28 2014

Kim Kardashian has become the reigning queen of reality TV. She is the highest-profile member and the focal point of the reality series Keeping up with the Kardashians. She earns an estimated $6 million making her one of the highest paid reality TV stars. Kim has other ventures which sum up her $40 million net worth.

She has an ever increasing roster of endorsement deals from big brands. Her personal appearance commands anything between $100,000 and $1 million.  Kim has been rolling in big money ever since she was born, but she has had an intriguing journey to fame.

kim kardashian the sexy entrepreneur

Kim Kardashian, the sexy Entrepreneur

Rosy Beginnings

Kim Kardashian was dropped into a cosy lifestyle and had a fairy tale like childhood. She was born in 1980 to Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian. Her father was a high-powered attorney who gained prominence as the attorney of O.J Simpson during his murder trial.  Kris Jenner wasn’t doing bad either as an entrepreneur. 

 With big bucks flowing in, came posh living arrangements and childhood friendships with the likes of Paris Hilton. Kim’s fourteenth birthday was held at Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch and later that  year, her father enrolled her to beauty school so that she could learn to do her own make up. Yep! that’s when she was 14. She later attended Marymount High school, a catholic school in Bel Air with a string of famous alumni.

Working Under The Radar

Kim wanted to be a teacher when she was in high school, but it’s obvious her dream didn’t materialize. Before rising to stardom, Kim had ventured into a few businesses. She first worked as her father’s assistant in his music marketing firm called Movie Tunes Inc which later parlayed her entrepreneurial instincts into becoming a stylist. After Brandy appeared in celeb worst-dressed list, Kim got hired as her personal stylist. She later became a shopper for celebrities such as Lindsay Lohan.

The Rise To Notoriety

Kim dated an assortment of men in her younger years. In an interview with Oprah, Kim admitted she started having sex at the age of fourteen with a boy she had dated for years.  The boy happened to be TJ Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew.

Kim’s second relationship with Damon Thomas led to a marriage that lasted from 2000-2004. After the fallout of her marriage, Kim started dating singer Ray J, which became one of her most infamous relationships.

When Rumours of a sex tape involving Kim and her ex-boyfriend Ray J swirled, Kim vehemently denied its existence. In fact, she was quoted saying “there is no amount of money that could ever convince me to release such a tape.” In 2007, adult film giant Vivid released the sex tape claiming to have gotten it from a third party for an estimated $1 million. The two principals Kim and Ray J alleged it was not meant for public audiences. 

Kim sued Vivid entertainment to suppress the distribution of the tape, but she later dropped the lawsuit and settled for $5 million for distribution rights. The sex tape provided a jump start to Kim’s illustrious career. It went viral making her a permanent internet fixture.

Fame and Success Comes Calling

In 2007, Kim got her own E! Reality series: Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show televises her career, family life and the array of drama within the Kardashian family which includes her two sisters Khloe and Kourtney, her step-father Bruce Jenner, and her momager Kris. Kim’s show was well-received, and she soon became the hot in-demand girl in town.

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Kim Kardashian with her mom Kris Jenner and sister Kourtney Kardashian

She landed a string of endorsement contracts with Bongo jeans, Shoe dazzle, among other major brands. Through the rest of 2008, Kim continued her pop culture and increased her popularity.

She has appeared in myriad TV shows including 90210, dancing with the stars and how I met your mother. Besides being a reality star, Kim is also a dedicated entrepreneur. She has teamed up with her sisters to launch several clothing stores and fragrances.

 She is certainly not the most talented star, but she has gamely used her killer curves and sex appeal to attract infinite attention and of course, fat pay checks.

Lessons from Kim Kardashian

  • When you make a mistake, don’t make excuses. Take responsibility for your actions. “I am the kind of person who takes responsibility for my mistakes and deals with it.”
  • Never hold your head down and never stop believing in yourself.
  • Give yourself permission to live your own life the way you feel it suits you best. You can’t please everyone.
  • You can’t change your past but you can learn from your past mistakes.

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