Kim Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980, in Beverly Hills, California. In recent years, the she has garnered a Paris Hilton-like celebrity status thanks to her curvaceous style, a hit reality TV show, a string of workout DVDs, and last, but not least, a scandalous video showcasing her sexual exploits with former boyfriend, rapper Ray J. In 2006, she opened a boutique with her sisters, Kourtney and Khloé.
The ethnicity of the Kardashians has been listed as Armenian (father's ethnicity) and Dutch-Scottish American (mother's ethnicity).
Born on October 21, 1980, in Beverly Hills, California, Kim Noel Kardashian is a model, reality television star, entrepreneur and socialite. She is the second of four children born to the late Robert Kardashian and his first wife, Kris.
A preschool classmate of Paris Hilton, she grew up under the glare and privilege of Beverly Hills, getting an up-close view of Hollywood's pleasures and pitfalls. Her father, the founder of Movie Tunes, Inc., a music and marketing company, was a prominent attorney. A close friend for many years of O.J. Simpson, Robert was one of the football star's defense lawyers during his murder trial. In fact, it was the attorney's home that Simpson left during the famous Ford Bronco police chase shortly before his arrest. Robert Kardashian died from cancer of the esophagus in October 2003.
Kardashian's mother, Kris, a children's boutique shop owner and TV personality, travels in celebrity circles herself. In 1991, two years after divorcing Robert, she married 1976 Olympic star, Bruce Jenner. The couple has two children together.
According to Kardashian, her childhood was hardly the stuff of stardom. Sunday church was 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, Kim Kardashian worked for her father's company. When he died, the corporation was left to her and her siblings.
Kim attended the same preschool as Paris Hilton and the pair were good friends growing up. She wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up. During high school, Kim used to work at her father’s music marketing firm called ‘Movie Tunes.’
Kardashian was working as a stylist and personal shopper to stars like Lindsay Lohan. In 2006, business is booming and, with sisters Khloé and Kourtney, Kardashian opens Dash (derived from the family's last name), a boutique in Calabasas, California. A showcase of the owners' own personal styles, the store features some of the sisters' favorite American designers.
In October 2007 Kardashian gets her own E! reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which documents her career and family life, with sisters Khloé and Kourtney, momager Kris, and stepdad Bruce Jenner. In 2008, she released her own exercise DVD titled "The Kim Kardashian Workout - For Your Mind, Body, and Spirit". Her television debuts include Disaster Movie, Deep in the Valley, Beyond the Break, Dancing with the Stars, and Entertainment tonight, among others.
Since then, Kim Kardashian's celebrity status has only grown. Kim signed on to become the face of Bongo Jeans in 2008. In March 2009, Kardashian launched a shoe shopping service that taps into the expertise of Hollywood's most revered stylists. In 2009, Kim launched her own perfume, "Kim Kardashian", which is available worldwide.
From 2010 onwards, she signed many endorsement deals and appeared in the film, ‘Deep in the Valley'. She later produced the reality TV show, ‘The Spin Crowd'.
In 2011, she released another of her perfumes named, ‘Gold’ and her wedding fragrance, ‘Kim Kardashian Love'. That year, a two part series of her wedding preparations and her wedding was telecast.
She also tried to launch a singing carreer, which started and ended in January of 2011.
In 2012, she launched the fragrance, ‘True Reflection'. The same year, she played the role of ‘Nikki LePree' in the TV series, ‘Drop Dead Diva’ and appeared as herself in the TV shows, '30 Rock' and 'Punk'd'.
In 2013, she offered her voice in the adult animated series 'American Dad!'.
Kim was raised by a member of the Armenian Orthodox Church and a Catholic. She prefers trendy non-denominational Christian churches.
Kim isn’t shy about expressing her devotion to God and Jesus, or her money. She once said: "Whatever it is, I give 10% away to the church. That’s what I was taught."
She’s been tweeting various religions messages as well, such as: "Early morning workout done now off to church with the family." and: "Perfect day so far! Church and family brunch."
Kim has ties to the Republican power structure, but she's expressed an interest in running for mayor of her hometown of Glendale, California--on the Democratic ticket.
"It definitely puts you in a category that I would wish upon no one," Kim Kardashian later said on The Tyra Banks Show. "Your reputation is all that you have, and if people prejudge you over something that you did, than that kind of sticks with you a long time."
"If I don’t like something that’s going on in my life, I change it. And I don’t sit and complain about it for a year."
"Take and chance and don’t ever look back. Never have regrets, just lessons learned."
"You can use the same motto for everything in life. If you put that effort in, you’ll get what you want."
"If I don’t feel confident about my body, I’m not going to sit at home and feel sorry for myself and not do something about it. It’s all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it’s fitness or whatever. It’s about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it."
"You make mistakes, but I don’t have any regrets. I’m the kind of person who takes responsibility for it and deals with it. I learn from everything I do. I work very hard, I have so many things going on in my life. Get to know me and see who I am."
"I’m an entrepreneur. ‘Ambitious’ is my middle name."
Kim Kardashian is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning her moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. She is willing to work long and persistently for what she wants and she often does things the hard way. Kim Kardashian respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and she feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people.
“Daymond John: "As I build the ‘Kim Kardashian Brand’ I understand the importance of aligning myself with those who reflect the same elegance, beauty, fashion, and excellence as I do. Daymond helps you realize the importance of perception and how you convey it to the world."”