Why is Kim Kardashian so famous? Does she deserve it?

Why is Kim Kardashian famous?

Whenever the topic of what I do for a living comes up in casual conversation, invariably Kim Kardashian’s name gets mentioned, usually in the context of frustration and condescension — which is also the case in the comments section of pretty much any post we do about her. People get very angry because she receives so much attention, yet has no “talent.” And then, of course, there is the hater crutch of the Ray J sex tape. “She’s only famous because she had a sex tape!” people exclaim and then shake their damn heads.

I will concede that Kim Kardashian’s sex tape served as the first stage in her multistage rocket to fame, doing the lion share of work lifting Kim from near obscurity as Paris Hilton’s assistant to national headlines. But, this first stage happens for people all the time, especially in this day and age of internet virality.

The real trick (and yes I will even go so far as to call it “talent”) is once you have jettisoned that first stage booster, you have to figure out how to keep from falling back to Earth (and obscurity), and ideally, continue to elevate and reach a level of fame where a sustainable orbit is possible. (I’m beginning to realize this rocketship metaphor is pretty amazing because we’ve all seen famous people who have obtained orbit get knocked out of it and then burn up on reentry before crashing back down in a shower of burning debris. The phenomenon is currently happening to Bill Cosby, for example, as his protective coating of thermo-resistant tiles begin to fail under the immense heat of all the sexual assault allegations that are dragging him back down through the stratosphere.)

Let me put it this way: Paris Hilton’s former assistant who had a sex tape with Ray J more than a decade ago is without question one of the planet’s most famous people. That doesn’t happen by accident, or even just luck.

Kim Kardashian Hollywood logo

I know the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood app is kind of a fun joke, but for anyone who has played it and expressed frustration at the constant photo shoots, appearances, ass kissing, and personal sacrifices it takes to build up fame, I think you are getting at least a partial glimpse at what the fame game is really like for someone like Kim Kardashian. I’ve had some pretty hard jobs in my day (at a marina scraping barnacles, construction, t-shirt screen printing, house painter, retail management), but I know for a fact I couldn’t do what Kim does week to week — it would just be too exhausting. And that doesn’t even take into account having to deal with the tidal wave of hatred every second of every day seven days a week three hundred and sixty-five days a year!

But plenty of people work as hard as Kim at the fame game, right? And hell, some of them might even be better at it than she is, yet they don’t have 26 million Twitter followers and they’re also not the most followed human being on instagram. What’s the reason for that? I scroll through thousands of celebrity photos every week and the answer to that question is answered for me on an almost daily basis. For instance, here was what the thumbnailed galleries at WENN looked like today:

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Kim Kardashian paparazzi photos WENN

I’m sure it’s shallow, but there is no denying that Kim Kardashian is just damned compelling to look at. A huge part of that is genetics, but there’s also a sizable part that is effort on her part. Kim Kardashian looking remarkable walking down the street (in this particular case, going to the Epione Cosmetic Laser Center) is her business, and you can hate on her all you want, but Kim Kardashian works damned hard (with the help of an amazing team I’m sure) and runs one hell of a business!

So does Kim Kardashian have a talent? I would say absolutely. She is unbelievably talented at the fame game. And remember, a lot of the time talent doesn’t even require awareness necessarily — it is just natural talent. And also remember that having millions of people who hate you is nothing but great for business!

I rarely get riled up when wading through Kim Kardashian negativity, but I do distinctly remember getting irate when the topic of Kim Kardashian potentially getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame made headlines a couple of years ago after a rep for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said, “She is a reality star. We don’t do reality stars. She needs to get a real acting job then come to us.”

It seems RIDICULOUS to me that Kim Kardashian would not be eligible for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! And for a rep to act so high-minded about it when there are already stars for Judge Judy, the Victoria’s Secret Angels, Disneyland, John Tesh, Michael Bolton, and even Vanna White for goodness sake! I loooove Vanna White, but as far as deserving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she’s pretty far down on the list under Kim Kardashian in my (and reality’s) book!

But, in the end, my words don’t really count for much. My entire argument can be summed up with this photo of Kim Kardashian just walking around in California yesterday:

Kim Kardashian paparazzi glamor

Of course, then again, maybe it’s just dat ass…

Kim Kardashian booty


BONUS – A behind-the-scenes shot at the making of yesterday’s Kim Kardashian paparazzi photo shoot:

The struggle is real. Seriously.

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  • K

    Um. 85% of today’s celebrities don’t deserve their fame. Most are famous because of famous connections through friends and family. Some are only famous for banging on camera, breaking the law or doing drugs. Welcome to Hollywood.

    • Donny Major

      This is a perfect example of narcissism, materialism and the lowering of standards in our society.

      The fact that these kinds of people are put in the limelight demonstrates how our values have degraded along side with the devil.

      None of these celebrities understand the true face of struggling Americans.

      Almost a majority of us are on public welfare programs like food stamps, section 8 housing, and SSI, because of low wages. Health insurance is unaffordable (mine is $550/month… contrast this to my $24/month auto insurance from InsurancePanda… or my $11/month life insurance). Two thirds of young adults have student loans to which they cannot pay back due to lack of good jobs in the community.

      There are people starving all over the world, and families that can barely make ends meet, but we have to be exposed to no talent hacks who are flaunting their cash all over the place. This Kardashian family is only famous because daughter Kim couldn’t keep her legs closed.

      It’s pathetically disgusting.

      • annamarie


  • Rene

    Her looks genetics..you mean plastic surgery

  • Tracy Flood

    Kim K. is famous because her late dad is one of the attorneys who defended O.J. Simpson in his murder case.

    • gofyourself

      BAM. Thank you for being rational. It isn’t because of a sex tape. Thousands and thousands of people have sex tapes. Very few over-privileged rich kids with famous daddies do. She wouldn’t be anything if her dad wasn’t who he was.

      • J

        Or maybe the fact that her stepdad is/was Bruce Jenner- one of the most famous Olympians in history. Or maybe the fact that her sex tape partner is singer Brandy’s brother, Ray J? Saying she is solely famous because of a case her deceased dad worked on 20 years ago when she was a kid is stretching it a bit.

        • Smileypants

          Not really. Those other things don’t mean much compared… You should’ve been around 20 years ago.

          • J

            I was around 20 years ago… and I certainly don’t put lawyers who help get obviously guilty murderers off up on a pedestal like some people do. Robert Kardashian was just wallpaper on that legal team compared to the main players: Johnny Cochran, F. Lee Bailey and Robert Shapiro.

        • gofyourself

          How do you think her mom landed Bruce?
          How do you think she landed Ray J?

          Rich and famous daddy. She would be nobody without him.

      • Tracy Flood

        So true.

  • UR daddy

    That ass.

  • Rabbit

    She looks a little worn out in that last photo. Maybe she should take it easy soon.

  • bambiglanville

    I take it the writer of this article really likes Kim.

  • Hey Now

    How the fvck does she sit on a toilet?!?! You know you’re wondering it too.

  • masha

    How much did Kim pay you to write this?

  • 900009

    did anyone actually take the time to read this? stupid..kim is famous because you tabloids keep her famous to make money yourselves

    • CP

      I made it half way.

    • Smileypants

      Nope. Because people keep wasting their time reading it:)

  • Tiffany

    I vote no. No she does not deserve to be famous. And her ass is scaey big anf unattractice and I think my ass looks better. That is all.

    • lol

      I bet her spelling looks better than yours.

      • Tiffany

        Lol you must be a Kim fan. I can spell perfectly fine thank you.

        • Missy

          “scaey” “anf” “unattractice” Care to revise your statement? lol

          • Tiffany

            Lol they’re called typos and they happen to everybody. It doesn’t mean I can’t spell just that i should proofread more. But thank you for pointing my mistakes out to me otherwise I would have never known.

            • Smileypants

              Proofread before you post. Otherwise, whatever you have to say means absolutely zip to others.

      • Smileypants

        Sadly doubt that.

    • RYAN

      Her ass is nasty. She got fat injected in that garbage bag full of cottage cheese.

  • TA

    Kim Kardashian is a waste of space and a terrible role model for girls and women.

  • Calliegh

    Is being a narcissist a talent…

  • hello

    Kim is smart enough to keep that money rolling in… And it will… SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, NOTHING MATTERS, SHES A MILLIONAIRE, AND PEOPLE LOVE HER!!!

    • Cindy

      People only love her because they see her as a sexual object, and nothing more. She is a joke.

  • Sarita La Cubanita

    I just read this article and was pretty amazed at this woman’s admiration of the queen of shallow.

    Kim Kardashian personifies all of the things that one should attempt to avoid at all costs: shallowness, an affinity for perversion, a near absolute lack of education and knowledge, overt sexuality, an obsession with plastic surgery, self-centeredness and self-absorption, a desire to turn herself into a cartoon of a misshapen prostitute, and an inability to ever, ever say anything interesting. This might be why little girls like and their drab-brained mothers are her best fans.

  • annamarie

    OH…my god..she works ..sooo hard….making a sex tape…(god that must be just absolutely exhausting!!) what a joke…there is no talent…nothing ..absolutely nothing. all she has is her looks. If my dad defended a loser murderer like OJ simpson I’d be embarrassed to even walk in public I’d be so ashamed. what is wrong with people!! trash trash trash….all the crap on tv…reality shows….it appear that people (she has a lot of followers) are attracted to the trash she does in life…sad….

  • Cici

    The girl was a courtesan with the right