Keeping Up with the Kardashians
“I have no idea where this all attention came from. I have always dressed the same - it's nothing new. I think people just started picking up on it. I don't even know how it happened and there are all these rumors about whether it's fake or if it's real.” Kim Kardashian
Socialite Kim Kardashian, the daughter of O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, Robert Kardashian, received initial media attention for her close friendship with Paris Hilton before her notoriety exploded and fame rose after her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray-J was leaked. She has since starred in her own reality television series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" (2007-present), as well as in the 2008 comedy film "Disaster Movie." She also co-owns “Dash,” a Calabasas, California, clothing store and is working on her own perfume line to be released in 2009.
This 5' 3" celebrity was featured in a photo layout in the December 2007 issue of Playboy magazine and was listed at #3 on the E!’s “Best Beach Bodies” in 2008 and #28 of the “Top 99 Most Desirable Women” of 2008.
She was married to music producer Damon Thomas and had been linked to names like Nick Cannon, Nick Lachey, The Game, Jeremy Ferrer, and Marques Houston. She is currently dating football player Reggie Bush.
Childhood and Family:
“Holidays are the best. I couldn't imagine being from a small family.” Kim Kardashian
The daughter of O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, Robert Kardashian (born on February 22, 1944; died on September 30, 2003), and his wife Kris Jenner (born November 5, 1955), Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, where she attended an exclusive all-girls Catholic high school. She has two sisters, Khloe (born June 27, 1984) and Kourtney (born April 18, 1979), and one brother, Robert Kardashian Jr. (born March 17, 1985). Kim's godmother is Sugar Ray's wife, Bernadette Leonard. The Kardashian family can be seen on the E! series “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
Kim's parents divorced in 1989 and her mother remarried 1976 Summer Olympic Games gold medalist William Bruce Jenner (born October 28, 1949). Kim subsequently has three half sisters, Kylie (born on August 10, 1997), Kendall (born on November 3, 1995), and Casey (born on June 10, 1980), and three half brothers, Sam Brody (aka. Brody Jenner, model, TV personality; born on August 21, 1983), Brandon (born on June 4, 1981), and Burt (born in 1978).
From 2000 to 2004, Kim was married to music producer Damon Thomas. Kim, who had been romantically linked to such names as Nick Cannon, Nick Lachey, Ray J, The Game, Jeremy Ferrer, and Marques Houston, has been dating New Orleans Saints running back and the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush since 2007.
Kim is of Turkish Armenian, Russian Armenian, Irish, and German descent. She does not drink alcoholic and likes to sky dive, ski, and play sports during her spare time. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
“There's a misconception that we're all trust fund kids and we have it so easy. If anything, I find it the complete opposite.” Kim Kardashian
While attending high school, Kim Kardashian worked at her father's music marketing firm, Movie Tunes. She then tried her hand as a wardrobe stylist for television programs, magazine photo layouts, and infomercials. In the mid to late 2000s, she received attention while befriending fellow socialite Paris Hilton and appeared in the hotel heiress' popular reality show, "The Simple Life." She also had a stint as one of the co-stars on N network's “Beyond the Break” series.
“There is no amount of money that could ever convince me to release any tape, even if I had one. I don’t need the money.” Kim Kardashian
Kim made headlines in 2007 when a pornographic home video she had made with then-boyfriend, R&B singer Ray J, was leaked. She then pursued legal action for the ownership of the tape against the distribution company, Vivid Entertainment, but dropped the suit after settling with Vivid Entertainment for 5 million dollars.
Kim was subsequently featured in a photo layout in the December 2007 issue of Playboy magazine. She also landed her own reality television series, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," which documents the daily lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family. The Ryan Seacrest-produced show debuted on E! on October 14, 2007, and will begin its third season in early 2009. The show earned her a Teen Choice Award nomination in 2008 for Choice TV - Female Reality/Variety Star.
Kim also appeared in multiple episodes of E!'s late night comedy talk show "Chelsea Lately," as well as the 2008 comedy films "Deep in the Valley" (alongside Chris Pratt and Brendan Hines) and "Disaster Movie" (with Carmen Electra, Matt Lanter, Nicole Parker, Crista Flanagan, and Vanessa Minnillo). She also appeared as the female lead in the music video for the hit single “Thanks for the Memories” from Fall Out Boy and competed on the seventh season of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she became the third contestant voted off the show on September 30, 2008.
Off screen, Kim runs Kimsaprincess Productions, LLC, and is a part-owner of Dash, a Calabasas, California, clothing store that she operates with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe. She also released a workout DVD, “Workout with Kim Kardashian,” on May 2, 2008, and announced she is working on her own perfume line to be released in 2009. She also formed an online women's shoe company called “ShoeDazzle.” Kim is currently a spokesperson for Bongo Jeans.
“I've just had enough of people misrepresenting me. Get to know me and see who I am.” Kim Kardashian