Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West is an American reality television personality, actress, socialite, businesswoman and model. Kardashian first gained media attention as friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, but received wider notice after a 2003 sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J, which was leaked in 2007.
Later that year, she and her family began to appear in E!’s reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success soon led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami in addition to various business ventures. Kardashian’s personal life soon became subject to widespread media attention.
In recent years, Kardashian has grown an influential online and social media presence, including tens of millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram. She has released a variety of products tied to her name, including the successful 2014 mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a variety of clothing and makeup products, and the 2015 photo book Selfish. Her relationship with rapper Kanye West has also received significant coverage; the couple married in 2014 in what the New York Times has described as “a historic blizzard of celebrity.”
Kardashian was reported to be the highest-paid reality television personality of 2015, with her total earnings exceeding US$53 million. Time Magazine included her on their list of 2015’s 100 most influential people, while Vogue described her in 2016 as a “pop culture phenomenon.”