It’s hard to believe that the show which helped make the Kardashians a household name has come to an end. 2020 marks the end of the 20th season of Keeping up with the Kardashians. Hopefully, it’ll give her more time to complete law school which Kardashian started in 2019.
The limelight certainly likes to follow every move this self-made savvy businesswoman now a billionaire makes! https://news.trust.org/item/20210212143258-rdk12/
She gives credit her parents for being the inspiration behind her drive of entrepreneurship. Kardashian made the list thanks to two lucrative businesses – KKW and her innovative shape-wear company called Skims – as well as cash from reality television and endorsement deals, and a number of smaller investments.
Kardashian has the following of almost 70 million followers on Twitter and more than 200 million on Instagram. Social media is a tool she says she has used to help her businesses. With millions of followers on social media, she receives between $10,000 to $20,000 per post when promoting products for various brands.
Kardashian was born in Beverly Hills, California, she’s a Libra just like me! No wonder she’s captivating, a trait which is common among many Libras. She lives in Calabasas and if she could live anywhere, it would be the Bahamas or back to Beverly Hills. She went to preschool with Paris Hilton and the two have remained friends since. Her father was the founder of Movie Tunes, Inc., a music and marketing company along with being a prominent attorney. Robert Kardashian died of cancer of the esophagus in 2003. Kardashian’s mother, Kris, manages her Kim’s career and is also involved in business management deals with the rest of her other famous children. She and Robert divorced in 1989.
According to Kardashian, her childhood was hardly the stuff of stardom. Sunday church was a regular part of family life. So was the expectation among the Kardashian children that, once they each reached the age of 18, living off the family dime was no longer an option. While attending an exclusive Catholic girls’ high school, Kardashian worked for her father’s company. When he died, the corporation was left to her and her siblings. They’ve since sold it. Kim Kardashian is married to Kayne West the couple has four children, two daughters and two sons.
Despite her business endeavors, it was her infamous sex video she made with R&B singer Ray J. that catapulted her to superstardom. In early 2007, a video of Kardashian and the rapper in bed made it into the hands of Vivid Entertainment, a large adult film company. Vivid, which paid $1 million for rights to the 30-minute tape, widely promoted the release of the video. Kardashian quickly countered with legal action, suing for invasion of privacy. But in May 2007, three months after the video’s debut, she agreed to a $5 million settlement.
Around the time of the video’s release, Kardashian started making her way onto the television screen for something completely different, when the E! Network debuted a new reality TV series called Keeping up with the Kardashians.
As you can imagine when you run a multimillion-dollar beauty and shapewear empire there are no typical days for Kardashian. During an interview several years ago, she described what her day usually entails when she’s not filming the show. Kardashian says “I wake up early, like six in the morning. I try to work out before the kids get up, and then I have breakfast with them and my husband. I try to make sure we have set meals at home, to keep everything as normal as possible. And then I get to work. If you saw the room, I’m in right now—my office—I have mood boards of so many different things in front of me; maybe 15 perfume samples sitting on my table. And then for our kids’ line, I have maybe 200 samples of bathing suit fabrics that I have to go through. I’ll usually have wardrobe fittings for myself. Then I might have—and I’m not joking—300 makeup products to go through and consider for a future project. In between, I’m taking my son to a music class and my daughter to a horseback riding class”.
Kardashian’s children have taught her patience and encouraged her to pursue a law career. She says “I want my children to have a fair life, and I do believe that race does play a huge role in the criminal justice system. Statistically, one in three black men will be locked up in their lifetime. So that does weigh heavy on my heart. “I had many conversations with my dad growing up about being an attorney and what’s fair and what’s not, and maybe I was really sheltered, but I didn’t know all of this was going on. I never had a close connection to someone who had been in prison — to understand how they treat you there and what really goes on. I don’t know if that’s being naïve, if that’s how I grew up.”
Kardashian is campaigning for changes to the US justice system. She shares concerns about long sentences handed down to first-time offenders and the disproportionate effect on ethnic minority communities. In 2018, Kardashian successfully lobbied the White House to grant clemency to Alice Johnson a 63-year-old grandmother jailed for life. Johnson was given a life sentence for a non-violent drugs conviction in 1996.
Johnson picked the names of 3 other women whose sentences were commuted by Former President Donald Trump in 2019. Crystal Munoz, Judith Negron and Tynice Hall were jailed for drug-related and white-collar crimes, and all had young children when imprisoned.
Munoz was pregnant when she was jailed. She gave birth in shackles.
Her experience was highlighted in the 2018 bill the First Step Act, championed by Trump, that banned shackling of female prisoners in labor.
“I made a decision to go to the White House when everyone was telling me, ‘Don’t go, your career will be over; you can’t step foot in there.’ And I was like, ‘It’s my reputation over someone’s life?’ Weigh that out. People talk shit about me all day long. It will just be another story about me versus someone getting their life back.” Once Johnson was released and after a major bipartisan piece of criminal justice–reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act, was passed by Congress and signed into law by Trump in December, Kim was able to glimpse a new future for herself. “I never in a million years thought we would get to the point of getting laws passed. That was really a turning point for me.”
In my book Kim Kardashian is one of the most fascinating people in the world. I get tired just thinking about how she juggles it all. Being a mom, wife, billionaire business woman, political activist, soon to be attorney the list goes on. Any entrepreneur like myself knows the hustle is real. Kardashian doesn’t need to do any of it, but it’s what makes her tick and we’re proud of all her accomplishments.