, the star of E!'s Keeping Up with the Kardashians
, gained infamy for her highly publicizes sex tape with R&B singer Ray J. Although the 27-year-old socialite took legal action against Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape, she eventually dropped the lawsuit in exchange for $5 million. Because of this, many critics remain skeptic despite her eagerness to promote a more positive public image.
“I'm not poor, I'm not desperate, I would never try to sell a sex tape. It would humiliate me and my family. I don't need the money. It's something I feel very betrayed by, but I'm not pointing any fingers,” Kardashian told Metro
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While many people perceive Kardashian as a party girl who is best known for her adventurous social life, sex scandals, and her reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
, Kardashian explains that she's actually a very business minded person who works hard to achieve what she wants in life.
As a young woman, she worked at her father's music marketing firm, Movie Tunes, for eight years. When her father, Robert Kardashian, who was known for being O. J. Simpson's lawyer during his murder trial, died in 2003, the company was left to her and her siblings.
“The company's been sold but I now own two fashion stores with my sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, and we're about to take our business online. I also model and I'm taking acting and singing classes. I work very hard,” she said.
Prior to her sex tape scandal, Kardashian also attracted media attention for her friendship with heiress and The Simple Life
star Paris Hilton
, who is now often being compared to her. Although she's not bothered by the comparison and acknowledges the fact that she can't please everyone, she still hopes that she can shed a more positive image with her reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
“She's a great person but I'm also my own person and an individual. Everyone makes different choices in their life and I don't enjoy being compared with other people, no matter who it is. That's why I did the reality show – I'm glad for people to see me and my family and what I really do,” she added.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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