Kimberly Noel Kardashian West (born October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, socialite, fashion designer, businesswoman, model and actress.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kim first came to prominence after a 2003 sex tape with her then-boyfriend Ray J that was leaked in 2007.
During that same year, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
In 2010, she was named the highest-paid reality television personality with estimated earnings of $6 million.
In August 2011, Kim married professional basketball player Kris Humphries in a widely publicized ceremony.
After 72 days of marriage, she filed for a divorce which was finalized in June 2013 with an undisclosed settlement.
Together, they have launched several clothing collections and fragrances. In 2010, they released the book Kardashian Konfidential.
Kim was born in Los Angeles, California on October 21, 1980, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton). Kris is of Dutch, English & Scottish descent while Robert was a third-generation Armenian-American.
She has an older sister, Kourtney, a younger sister Khloe and a younger brother Rob.
Her parents divorced in 1991 and Kris remarried to Bruce Jenner. Through their marriage, Kim has three stepbrothers: Burt, Brandon & Brody and a stepsister Casey along with half-sisters Kendall and Kylie.
As a teenager, Kim attended Marymount High School (a Roman Catholic all-girls school) in Los Angeles.
In 1994, her father garnered public attention as the primary defense lawyer for football player O.J. Simpson (who is Kim's godfather) during his murder trial.
In 2003, Robert was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and passed away that September.
In 2000, 19-year-old Kim eloped with music producer Damon Thomas. Damon filed for divorce in 2003 even though Kim later credited their separation to physical and emotional abuse on his part.
During this time, she was also close friends with socialite Paris Hilton through whom she first garnered media attention.
Prior to the finalization of her divorce, Kim began dating singer Ray J, the younger brother of R&B singer Brandy Norwood.
In February of 2007, a sex tape made by Kim and Ray J in 2003 was leaked.
She filed a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment, who distributed the film as "Kim K Superstar," but later dropped the suit and settled for $5 million.
Beginning of CareerEdit
In October of 2007, Kim and her family were commissioned by the E! television network to star in a reality series which would be called "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
In December of that same year, she posed for a nude pictorial for Playboy magazine.
In 2008, Kim made her feature film debut in the disaster film spoof "Disaster Movie," portraying the role of Lisa.
During that same year, Kim was announced as one of thirteen participants on the seventh season of "Dancing with the Stars" where she was partnered with Mark Ballas. She was the third contestant on the show to be eliminated.
In January of 2009, Kim made a cameo appearance during an episode of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" in the episode "Benefits."
In March of that same year, she launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle shopping of which she is the co-founder and chief fashion stylist.
She then endorsed multiple other projects including a vanilla cupcake mix flavor called "Va-Va-Va-Nilla" for the Los Angeles bakery, Famous Cupcakes.
In April, Kim released a workout DVD series "Fit in Your Jeans by Friday" along with trainers Jennifer Galardi and Patrick Goudeau.
In June, it was announced that Kim was to star as Elle in the television series "Beyond the Break."
August saw Kim become a guest host of "WrestleMania XXIV" and guest judge on "America's Next Top Model."
In September, Fusion Beauty and Seven Bar Foundation launched "Kiss Away Poverty" with Kim as the face of the campaign. For every LipFusion lipgloss sold, a dollar went to the Foundation to fund women entrepreneurs in the US.
The following month, Kim released her first fragrance self-titled "Kim Kardashian."
On December 16, 2009, she made a guest star appearance on CBS's "CSI: NY" along with Vanessa Minnillo.
The year 2010 saw Kim venture into several new endorsement deals, including endorsing various food products for Carl's Jr.
Beginning in early 2010, Kardashian and her sisters designed and developed clothing lines for Bebe stores and "Virgins, Saints and Angels."
In January of 2010, Kim portrayed the role of Summa Eve in the film "Deep in the Valley."
In April of that same year, she sparked controversy over the way she held a kitten for a photograph, holding it by the scruff of its neck.
Animal rights organization PETA criticized Kim 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.
In June 2010, Kim guest-starred with Khloé and Kourtney as herself on the season three premiere episode of the CW television series" 90210."
During that same month, Kim was involved in a lawsuit against one of her endorsements. Sanford Siegal (the creator of the Cookie Diet) sued her, claiming she defamed him on Twitter.
According to Siegal, Kim tweeted in October of 2009 that he was "falsely promoting" that she was on the cookie diet.
Siegal filed a claim in a Florida state court charging that her statements were false and defamatory.
He also alleged that Km was on QuickTrim's payroll when she posted the tweet.
Kim's tweet appears to stem from an article on CookieDiet.com, that named her as one of many celebrities who saw positive results on the diet. Kim sent a cease-and-desist order to Siegal, demanding the link be removed.
Additionally, Kim and her sisters released a sunless tanner "Kardashian Glamour Tan" that month.
On July 1, 2010, the New York City branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax figure of Kim.
In November, Kim served as producer for the E! network reality TV show "The Spin Crowd" which is about about Command PR, a New York City public relations firm that is run by Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck.
The show followed them as they settle into their new offices in Los Angeles. Kim is friends with both, specifically Cheban (who frequently appears on her reality shows).
During that same month, she also appeared on the tenth season of The Apprentice.
Kim, Kourtney and Khloé wrote an autobiography titled Kardashian Konfidential, which was released in stores on November 23, and appeared on New York Times's Best Seller List.
In December of 2010, Kim filmed a music video for a song titled "Jam (Turn It Up)". The video was directed by Hype Williams with a cameo by Kanye West.
On December 31, 2010, Kim premiered the song during a New Year's Eve party at TAO Las Vegas. The song was produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart.
When asked if an album was in the works, Kim 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."
The Daily News' Jim Farber called the song a "dead-brained piece of generic dance music without a single distinguishing feature" and suggested that the single made Kim the "worst singer in the reality TV universe."
During that month, it was announced by the International Business Times that Kim's 2010 earnings were the highest among Hollywood-based reality stars, being estimated at $6 million.
Marrying Kris Humphries\Other ProjectsEdit
Kim (who has supported recognition of the Armenian Genocide on numerous occasions) encouraged President Obama and the US government to consider its acknowledgement.
On April 21, 2011 (days before the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide) she wrote about the issue on her blog and sent a tweet to her fans, urging its recognition.
During that same month, Kim released her third fragrance "Gold."
In May, Kris became engaged to NBA player Kris Humphries (then of the New Jersey Nets) whom she had been dating since October 2010.
On August 20, 2011, Kim & Kris married during an extravagant wedding ceremony in Montecito, California.
Earlier that month, she had released her "wedding fragrance" called "Kim Kardashian Love" which coincided with her own wedding.
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.
In October of that same year, Kim and her sisters opened their "Kardashian Khaos" store in Las Vegas
On October 31, 2011 (after only 72 days of marriage), Kim filed for divorce from Kris, citing irreconcilable differences.
After filing, Kim asked the court to order Humphries to pay his own legal expenses.
On December 1, 2011, Humphries filed his response to Kim's petition, requesting an annulment on the grounds of fraud or if the court would not grant an annulment, a decree of legal separation rather than Kim's requested divorce.
Several news outlets surmised that Kim's marriage to Humphries was merely a publicity stunt in orer to promote the Kardashian family's brand and their subsequent television ventures.
Her former publicist Jonathan Jaxson also claimed that her short-lived wedding was indeed staged and a ploy to generate money.
Kim filed suit against Jaxson, saying his claims were untrue. A widely circulated petition asking to remove all Kardashian-related programming from the air followed the split
In March 2012, Kim debuted her fourth fragrance, titled "True Reflection" which she worked with the company "Dress for Success" to promote.
During that same month, she and her sisters were named in a $5 million class action lawsuit against QuickTrim, the weight loss supplement they endorse.
The complaint (filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York) accuses the Kardashians (along with QuickTrim’s manufacturer, Windmill Health Products, the retailer GNC and others in the sales & marketing chain) of false and deceptive marketing of the diet aid.
The plaintiffs (hailing from several states) brought claims under their respective states’ consumer protection laws.
In April, E! renewed "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" for two additional seasons, in a deal reported to be worth $50 million.
Motherhood\Marrying Kanye WestEdit
In April of 2012, Kim began dating rapper and longtime friend Kanye West even though she remained legally married to Kris Humphries.
In October of 2012, Kardashian released her fifth fragrance "Glam" which "draws on the glamour of her Hollywood lifestyle." It was made available through Debenhams.
In November, Kim and her sisters internationally launched the "Kardashian Collection" in England as well as launching a line of cosmetics called "Khroma Beauty."
On December 31, 2012, Kim and Kanye announced that she was pregnant with the couple's first child, a daughter.
In February of 2013, a judge ruled that Kim's divorce case with Humphries would go to trial and set a trial date for May.
On April 19, 2013 (536 days after Kim's initial divorce filing), Kim and Kris reached an undisclosed divorce settlement, avoiding a trial. On June 3, 2013, the divorce was legally finalized.
On June 15, 2013, Kim gave birth to her daughter North at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, five weeks prior to her due date.
On October 21, 2013, Kim & Kanye became engaged on Kim's 33rd birthday. Kanye rented out AT&T Park in San Francisco & projected a marriage proposal on the stadium screen in front of Kim's friends & family.
On May 24, 2014, Kim and Kanye married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Kim voiced the role of an alien in an episode of the adult animated series "American Dad!" which aired as part of the show's 10th season (2013-2014).
In the episode, her character crash-lands in the town of Langley Falls. The alien then develops an attraction to her fellow alien Roger.
Kim was on the American Vogue cover for the magazine's April 2014 issue, together with Kanye.
The cover has been lauded by some while others have taken a more critical look of the reality star being on the cover with she and West dubbed the "#worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple."
As of June 2014, Kim is estimated to be worth $45 million.