Why Every Woman Should Aspire to be More Like Kim Kardashian

Arguably the most famous and talked about woman in the world right now, Kim Kardashian West has successfully continued to divide society for the last decade.

Perhaps you agree that she is “talentless” and “famous for no reason.” But nevertheless her ongoing accomplishments precedes these opinions, making Kim K a woman we should all aspire to be a little more like.

Fifteen years ago, Kimberly Kardashian was not the A-list megastar she is today. Back then, the twenty-two-year old was a little known heiress to the late lawyer Robert Kardashian and a personal stylist. But a sex tape was about to change all that.

She shot to fame in 2007 when the tape got into the hands of Vivid Entertainment. Surprisingly to many, Kim and momager Kris, claim they had no involvement in leaking “Kim Kardashian, Superstar” - the most-watched X-rated video of all time. After initially filing a lawsuit, Kim settled for a reported US $5 million.

Possibly not an ideal way to make yourself a house-hold name, Kim used her new-found fame to her advantage and from there, building her empire began.

Months after the leak, the hit reality TV-show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ aired, and catapulted the Kardashian-Jenner clan into the limelight. Since then, Kim Kardashian has climbed her way to the top and rightfully so. Her accomplishments are exceptional.

She is a successful and extremely wealthy entrepreneur.
A recent article suggests that Kim alone, is worth $175 million. Her empire spans across several industries and every year she expands her brand into new avenues, constantly staying relevant and ahead of the trends.

Her digital game; Kim Kardashian: Hollywood was released in the summer of 2014 and made $1.6 million in the first five days. Her collaboration with CEO Niccili de Masi and his company, Glu Mobile earned Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, the most successful title to date for the global gaming company.

Alongside that, in 2016 Kim became the first celebrity emoji mogul, launching her own range of messenger icons, creatively named KIMOJIS. Featuring various illustrated images of the Calabasas queen, she dominates thousands of text conversations, redefining how we communicate. As an extension of her KIMOJI’s, she’s also created a variety of merchandise.

Last summer, Kim went head to head with youngest sister Kylie and brought out her own debut makeup and beauty line. Considering she's the woman that brought contouring to the masses and is rarely seen without a full face of make-up, it's been a long time coming.

KKW Beauty’s first product, the contour and highlighter kits, sold out within three hours, bringing in an estimated $14.4 million. Since then, she has expanded into a collection of three fragrances and a recent collaboration with her long-time makeup artist and friend, Mario Dedivanovic.

"I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised."
— Kim Kardashian-West

She has redefined beauty standards.
Positive body image is about being comfortable in your own shape and size and no one owns their unique figure like Kim Kardashian West.
Girls and young women used to compare themselves to anorexic catwalk models. Nowadays it’s all about big bums and curves. And it’s all thanks to Kim and her peachy derriere.
Having landed her seventh Vogue cover earlier this year, amongst other iconic magazines like The Rolling Stones and GQ featuring husband Kanye, Vanity Fair described Kim as a “prolific over-sharer.”

In March 2016, Kim posted a new naked selfie. For some reason, she encountered more backlash than any of her other nude snaps, even the book load in her 2015 novel Selfish and the time she broke the internet.

However, Kim being the intelligent marketing business woman she is, used the backlash to serve an unexpected purpose. Other celebrities ruthlessly shamed her, but some rallied in defence. And Kim wrote a thoughtful essay about the situation. She made herself very clear.

I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

She cares about human interests.
My dad always taught me the importance of giving back. I don’t publicise everything I do to help charities and people all over the world. I do it because I want to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do.” – Kim Kardashian-West

According to reports, Kim donates 10 percent of her total earnings to charity every single year. And when tropical storm Harvey hit Houston, Kim pledged to donate half a million dollars to help the victims, in hope it would encourage her followers and fans to donate a small sum too.

You see, Kim has a caring, philanthropic side. At six months pregnant with eldest child North, she asked well-wishers to donate to the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. The money reportedly went toward the treatment of sick babies. Alongside that she repeatedly donates money and regularly visits the Children’s Hospital L.A.

But for Kim, it’s not always about giving money. She is using her platform for the greater good.

In an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the focus was entirely on Kim’s mission to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness, particularly in downtown L.A.

I am just at a point in my life where I don’t want to be na├»ve anymore. And I want to use my platform to get other people involved. I don’t know what the answer is to get people off the streets, but I’m so willing to help in anyway that I can. It makes me feel really sad that people are just living like this, and the problem is getting worse. I just hope that I can shine a light on this issue and hopefully more people will come together and we can figure out a solution for this.”

Kim was also recently seen at the #MarchForOurLives protest in Washington D.C, as she was joined by husband Kanye and four-year-old North. Having been robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016, Kim has been outspoken about the issue. She has been working with the organisation Everytown for Gun Safety to help change the legislation surrounding who can purchase guns.

"Not bad for a girl with no talent."
It seems the main reason why people are anti-Kim Kardashian is because they accuse her of being “famous for being famous” and displaying no particular talent except marketing genius.

And whether you like it or not, Kim Kardashian is a bona fide, true and real entrepreneur. Perhaps the way she got there was slightly more unconventional than your Richard Branson or Sir Alan Sugar. But the woman works just as hard.

Her many businesses have created jobs, opportunities, wealth and entertainment for millions of people. Her professional activities have raised awareness for issues ranging from planned parenthood services, to substance abuse and gender identity.

She invented and then reinvented her image. And infiltrated every aspect of pop culture as we know it. Her innate ability to spot trends and identify what people want, before they even know what they want, is intelligent.

She reveals her most private details on reality TV and continues to endure the withering abuse from many who detest her kind of entrepreneurism.

I’m not suggesting you go and release a sex tape, or marry the next Kanye. But Kim Kardashian-West is one woman we should all aspire to be like. And if you don’t want to consider her a role model, at least give her some credit and accept that her accomplishments are down right incredible.

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