Born on October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, Kimberly Noel Kardashian is among personalities like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in the way they claimed recognition: their social lives. She is the daughter of lawyer Robert Kardashian—best known for being O.J. Simpson’s lawyer during his murder trial—and Kris Jenner. While attending high school, she worked for her father’s music marketing firm, Movie Tunes.
Kim is the second child of what would eventually be a large family. Her parents had four children—sisters Kourtney and Khloe, and brother Robert—before their separation in 1989. Her mother eventually married Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who already had four children, in 1991; the couple would later have two children of their own. The extended family’s antics are the subject of the popular reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, where Kim stars.
However, Kim first gained notoriety when her sex video with her then boyfriend, singer Ray J, was leaked online. This, and her legal tussle with Vivid Entertainment, which gained distribution rights to the video, catapulted her to showbiz headlines and made her a discussion point among gossip circles.
Kim has also worked as an entrepreneur, following the footsteps of her father, who died in 2003. She worked as a wardrobe stylist for television shows and photo shoots, among others, before branching out as a closet designer, organizing and designing closets for clients such as Cindy Crawford, Nicole Richie, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kenny G. She also opened, along with her sisters, the designer clothing store Dash.
Aside from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim also appeared on other television programs, including The Simple Life, Beyond the Break, Celebrity Family Feud, WWE Raw and Dancing with the Stars. There, she teamed up with Mark Ballas and became the third to be voted off the show. She has also dabbled in film, her first being Disaster Movie, which was released in 2008. She has since pursued her numerous businesses, from a perfume line to a jewelry line. She even wrote an autobiography with her sisters and called it “Kardashian Konfidential.”
As for her personal life, she has dated NFL star Reggie Bush, Miles Austin and model Gabriel Aubry. She next became involved with NBA player Kris Humphries, who proposed to her in 2011. She accepted and the two have announced their marriage plans.
- She has a wax figure in the Madame Tussauds museum.
- She was married to music producer Damon Thomas for nearly four years.
- She dated R&B star Ray J, whom she made a pornographic home video with back in 2007.
-She also dated NFL star Reggie Bush.
- She was nominated in 2009 for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in Disaster Movie.
- She wrote a book with her sisters Kourtney, and Khloe entitled Kardashian Konfidential.
- She filmed a music video for a song titled "Jam (Turn It Up)" in 2010. It was for Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
2007-2010: Keeping Up with the Kardashians (TV series) - Herself
2009: America's Next Top Model (TV series) - Herself
2009: How I Met Your Mother (TV series) - Herself
2009: CSI: NY (TV series) - Debbie Fallon
2009: Deep in the Valley - Summa Eve
2009: Beyond the Break (TV series) - Elle
2008: Disaster Movie - Lisa
2008: Dancing with the Stars (TV series) - Herself