Kim Kardashian

Socialite / TV Personality

Born: 21 October 1980
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Best known as: The alpha-sister star of Keeping Up With the Kardashians

Kimberly Kardashian is a Los Angeles socialite, businesswoman and first among equals on the long-running reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kim Kardashian first came to wide public attention through her friendship with socialite Paris Hilton; Kim is the daughter of attorney Robert Kardashian (1944-2003), who became famous in 1994 when his friend and client O.J. Simpson was arrested and tried for murder. Kim Kardashian became one of Paris Hilton's party pals and then in 2007 boosted her profile by taking legal action to prevent the distribution of a naughty home video she had made with then-boyfriend Ray J (born William Ray Norwood, Jr., the brother of singer Brandy). The tape was widely distributed on the Internet, despite (or because of) Kardashian's attempts to quash it, and she was launched into Hilton-like celebrity. That led to the 2007 launch of the TV reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which starred Kim and her sisters Kourtney and Khloe and made their extended family synonymous with celebrity for its own sake. Kim appeared on Dancing With the Stars (2008) and made various appearances on other TV shows. She and her sisters opened a chain of dress boutiques called Dash, and together they published a memoir, Kardashian Konfidential, in 2010. Married at one time to music producer Damon Thomas (2000-04), Kim Kardashian was later romantically linked to a number of male celebrities, including Jessica Simpson's ex-husband Nick Lachey and Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush. She married NBA basketball player Kris Humphries in August of 2011, but filed for divorce 72 days later, citing "irreconcilable differences." (The divorce became final on June 3, 2013.) She became pregnant by the rapper Kanye West in 2012; their child, a daughter they named North West, was born on 15 June 2013. Kardashian and West were married in Florence, Italy on 24 May 2014. Kim Kardashian published a 352-page book of selfies, titled Selfish, in 2015.

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Kim Kardashian is the former step-daughter of Caitlyn Jenner, who as Bruce Jenner was an Olympic gold medalist in 1976. Kim’s mother Kris was married to Jenner from 1991 until their divorce in 2015, the year Caitlyn Jenner transitioned to her female identity.

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