It’s safe to say no one has had a more polarising decade than Kim Kardashian. From changing the landscape of celebrity to getting political while also suffering horrendous personal setbacks it’s been quite the journey.
The mother-of-four cemented herself as arguably the most famous person of 2010-2019 as she, along with her family, created an empire that has seen them earn billions.
Back at the turn of the decade, her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians was two years in, but she was just getting started.
Before long, though, Kim became the name on everyone’s lips, so to speak. And thus began a decade of the highest of highs teamed with Grand Canyon-level lows.
While she still faces the totally original claim to fame by others that she’s ‘famous for being famous’, the star has managed to turn a rather inglorious sex tape into a booming empire that we follow with increasing interest (admit it).
She changed the landscape of celebrity and the internet. In fact, she once broke the internet (but more on that below).
You once might have argued her days in the sunny rays of megastardom were numbered, but it’s clear the woman is here to stay. So let’s raise a glass and toast to one hell of a decade for one Kimberley Kardashian West.
Please note: this is by no means a list of everything she’s done – good or bad – over the past 10 years. We are but one human.
High: Creates fortune from reality TV programme
When Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered in 2007 you have to admit many thought it would be a blip in the TV radar – but 12 years on it continues to be one of the highest rating shows. With numerous spin-offs spawned (that we can count – including Life Of Kylie and Rob & Chyna) E! has created a darn TV empire from this family, fronted by Kim.
The show led to autobiographies and endorsement deals, producing gigs on TV shows and cameos in film for the star. By the end of 2010, the Kardashians had earned more than $6million (£4.5m), according to International Business Times.
Low: Has to hear she’s ‘famous for doing nothing’ several times a day
Talk about your admiration for the hustle of Kim and you’d no doubt have been met with ‘but what is she even famous for?’
While it pains us to admit it – does anyone need to be quote-unquote talented these days to be famous? Has social media taught you nothing?
The fact she’s managed to amass a reported $360m (£274m) fortune off the back of apparently not being talented is a talent in itself.
Low: Has infamous 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries
Before she settled down with Kanye West (more on that later), Kim married basketballer Kris Humphries on 20 August, 2011.
After Kris proposed (on the aforementioned reality TV show, of course) the pair tied the knot in a $10m(£7.6m) spectable, and a TV special. Naturally.
Evidently not everything lasts though and they were famously done 72 days later.
Their divorce was eventually finalised on 3 June, 2013, but more recently Kim admitted she knew it was destined to fail while she was celebrating their honeymoon.
‘At the time I just thought, “Holy sh*t, I’m 30-years-old – I better get this together. I better get married,”’ she said on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. ‘I think a lot of girls do go through that, where they freak out thinking they’re getting old and all their friends are having kids.
‘So, it was more of that situation. But I knew on the honeymoon it wasn’t going to work out.’
Low: Records the monstrosity that is Jam (Turn It Up)
In March 2011 Kim tried her hand at the music industry and it…didn’t work.
After releasing the dance song Jam (Turn It Up) half of the proceeds from the sales of the song were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which is the best thing to come from this tune.
Shortly after the song’s release, Kim admitted she wasn’t going to be recording a full-length album any time soon before later saying she regretted recording the song at all.
High: Shacks up with Kanye West
Long before they started dating, Kim and Kanye were mates – with the rapper admitting he had a crush on the reality star after seeing her hanging out with former BFF Paris Hilton.
2012 was their year though when they finally made their debut as a couple.
Then Bound 2 happened. Another high, to be perfectly honest with you.
Anyway, the year after that, in 2014, the pair tied the knot in a fancy pants wedding in Florence at Fort di Belvedere, a 16th century fortress, and of course it was all aired on KUWTK.
High: Becomes style icon after Kanye throws out whole wardrobe
What with her new partner by her side who was well into farshun, Kim had her style makeover from Yeezy’s Ye.
‘I always thought I had really good style—until I met my husband and he told me that I had the worst style,’ Kim once recalled. ‘He was really nice about it and cleaned out my whole closet.’
She wasn’t kidding about that bit, in scenes that were actually, no joke, released to the public, we saw Kanye throw out thousands and thousands of dollars worth of clothes because Kim wasn’t rocking the coolest threads on the block anymore.
After Kanye’s makeover Kim went from someone no designers wanted to touch to having the likes of Riccardo Tisci and Olivier Rousteing on speed dial.
She even went on to win the fashion influencer award at the 2018 CFDA Awards.
High: Breaks the internet in 2014 on the cover of Paper
Kim quite literally broke the internet (we can assume many a website crashed that day) when she exposed her bare bum in a series of covers for Paper magazine.
The bum-tastic snap – taken by French photographer Jean-Paul Goude – saw the reality star wearing just a choker and gloves as she sheds her black evening gown to show off her oiled up butt. While there was a totally nude snap also released, for public consumption the more kid-friendly alternative featured a fully-clothed Kim pouring champagne into a glass balanced on her butt.
Alright, maybe not kid-friendly, but definitely safe for work.
High: Has children with said husband, Kanye West
After marrying in 2014, Kim and Kanye expanded their family, after already having North, six, they added Saint, four, Chicago, one, and seven-month-old Psalm to the brood.
While she revealed she suffered from a potentially life-threatening condition called placenta accrete (that’s a low), Kim was forced to have a surrogate deliver her two youngest kids – not intent on sacrificing her dreams of a large family.
Low: Robbed at gunpoint in Paris robbery
Woah Nelly, so this is a big one.
So, in a horrendous turn of events, Kim was held at gunpoint in a horrendous robbery in Paris in 2016.
In October, while in the city for fashion week, the reality star and mogul was the victim of a terrifying heist which saw armed intruders tie her up as they made away with millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery.
Having spoken about the incident in the past, now the 39-year-old mother-of-four believes it was something she ‘brought on’ herself due to her ‘flashy’ lifestyle.
High: Creates KKW Beauty and Skims empires
In mid-2017 Kim followed her little sister Kylie into beauty, and announced her KKW Beauty range. It fast became famous for its contouring kits and collaborations, recently teaming up with model Winnie Harlow for some pretty epic pallettes to bring its worth up to a reported $100m (£76m).
Then this year she went and one-upped her business prowess again by releasing her shapewear line Skims (after a low of originally naming it Kimono and copping all the flack) to rave reviews.
High: Lands on the cover of Vogue, multiple times
In 2014 Kim landed on the cover of Vogue magazine alongside Kanye, sending shockwaves through the highbrow fashion world who had previously decided the woman just wasn’t good enough to grace the glossy.
Since then she’s had seven other Vogue covers and headed around the international lot including India, Taiwan and Australia.
Low: Tests positive for Lupus antibodies and diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis
While Kim was given the all-clear from her lupus scare after testing positive for lupus antibodies, earlier this year she was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star had her medical worries aired on the TV series, after she was seen experiencing pain in her hands and arms. The doctor said it was actually psoriatic arthritis, a type arthritis caused by psoriasis, and not lupus. As a result, her joints are affected, causing them to become swollen, stiff and painful.
Such a low.
Speaking with ET Online about the issue, Kim explained: ‘When you do have a diagnosis — or you get tested for something and you get a result that you weren’t expecting — you definitely get in your head and for a second you kind of get this little depression of, like, “OK, what are all of the possibilities that can happen? What’s my life gonna look like?”
‘I really wanna be active for my kids, and so it triggers something.’
High: Begins law degree and continues to be driving force behind freeing imprisoned inmates
In May 2019 Kim announced she was studying to become an actual criminal justice lawyer after helping free 17 inmates from prison, in three months.
Planning to take the bar exam in 2022 Kim revealed that she began a four-year apprenticeship with a San Francisco law firm last year. Sharing her legal aspiration, Kim told Vogue: ‘The White House called me to advise to help change the system of clemency, and I’m sitting in the Roosevelt Room with, like, a judge who had sentenced criminals and a lot of really powerful people and I just sat there, like, Oh, s**t. I need to know more.’
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She added: ‘I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.’
It’s been a rollercoaster for the woman and we cannot wait to see what 2020 brings.
Seriously, it’s what we live for.
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