Kim Kardashian 2: Things to admire about Kim
Think Kim Kardashian is nothing more than a walking, talking exercise in narcissism and lip gloss?
After all, she’s a reality TV starlet famous for having thought it was a good idea to film herself having sex with a little known rapper - and for her eye-poppingly clingy dresses. But don’t be too quick to write Kim off. Because if you dig down beneath the trowelled-on layers of makeup you’ll find just the kind of modern woman who should get the tick of approval from the sisterhood.
Don’t be confused by the drag queen eyes and slightly terrifying décolletage - Kim Kardashian is a savvy entrepreneur, someone who speaks her mind and is vocally proud of her curvy figure.
It’s less than four years since the Kardashian family hit TV screens, but in that time Kim has gone from being famous for being nothing more than being Paris Hilton’s bestie to having a $US35 million fortune and a burgeoning business empire built on Kim Incorporated.
And she’s popular. People love her, and listen to her. She was one of the first celebrities to genuinely embrace Twitter and realise its potential to connect herself with fans. Kim is now just one of a handful of stars to have more than 10 million followers.
While Paris never did anything beyond haunting red carpets and striking fear into the hearts of Chihuahuas everywhere, Kim has adroitly ensured her celebrity longevity by building up her brand from the get-go.
Kim’s message to her fans is largely one of empowerment – be honest, be brave and, most importantly, be yourself. Keeping Up With The Kardashians is testament to the extent to which Kim is comfortable with her sexuality, her body, and her choices.
Since 2007, Kim has started clothing boutiques in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Las Vegas (in conjunction with her sisters), designed and spruiked a number of clothing ranges (again with her sisters), launched her own fragrance, fashion line, DVD workout series, a sunless tanner, produced a reality TV show called The Spin Crowd, written an autobiography, released a woefully- reviewed single called Jam (Turn It Up) and somewhere in the middle of all that found time to make a sex tape.
While other female celebrities face a barrage of tabloid criticism for daring to occasionally touch carbs, Kim has adroitly packaged her classic bombshell body and turned it into a multi-million dollar business model.
Currently in Australia to spruik her line of handbags, Kim, along with her sister Khloe, has staged a precision media bombardment, working the press with the methodical, practised manner of a seasoned politician.
Interestingly, the Kardashian family as a whole is an astoundingly strong matriarchal unit, built on the strong-willed personalities of not just Kim but her mum Kris Jenner and ever-present sisters Khloe and Kourtney.
Sure, there have been celebrities famous for not much before Kim turned up, and god help us, there will be many more after she finally rides off into the botoxed sunset, but this gal is a definitely a cut above the rest.
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