Kim Kardashian West
BUSINESS MOGUL, MODEL, & ACTOR
Kim Kardashian West is an Armenian-American business mogul, model, actor, and star of the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kim is the wife of artistic genius Kanye West and mother to North and Saint West.
Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980, to parents Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian, an acclaimed Armenian-American attorney. Kim has been in the public eye from a very young age beginning with her father's role in the O.J. Simpson case.
In 2004, Kim became a personal stylist to the stars using her star-studded life and fashion sense for clients such as Brandi and Lindsay Lohan. At the age of 26, she opened the iconic boutique D-A-S-H with her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé. The Kardashian family garnered worldwide attention after the debut of their award-winning reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The series allowed Kim and her family to enter the homes of many.
In 2016, Kim graced the cover of Forbes Magazine in acknowledgment of her prowess as a brand strategist and media mogul. Her subscription-only website and immensely profitable video game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood demonstrate an innate ability to identify unique opportunities to leverage her brand and turn it into a profit. Lamentably, Kim's successes as an influencer, entrepreneur, fashion icon, and powerhouse continue to be overshadowed by sexism and 'slut-shaming.' In 2016, Kim set the record straight by declaring: "I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn't have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago."
Kim Kardashian uses her platform to turn social capital into public awareness. Kim and family often use their hit reality TV show to bring social justice issues to the forefront of mainstream American discourse. This effort was best exemplified by her vulnerability during the most recent episode of KUWTK wherein Kim spoke about the threat of sexual violence during the Paris robbery. Years earlier, Kim used the show and her personal brand platform to bring awareness to the Armenian Genocide and continued to speak out against those who deny that it took place. In 2016, Kim and husband Kanye spoke out against police brutality and spent time with Alton Sterling's surviving son, Cameron for his 16th birthday.
While many dismiss Kim's impact as a force of social good it's important to note that her unapologetic approach to discussing social issues has lifted a decades long taboo bringing the reality of injustice to a predominantly White, affluent, and mainstream audience.