Oh she broke the internet alright. The same way she broke it in 2007 with her sextape; broke it consistently with “Keeping up with the Kardashians”; broke it with her relationship with and marriage to rap superstar Kanye West; and she’s gone and done it again (effortlessly as she always does) on the cover of PAPERMAG.
I first got wind of the story in an article on Entertainment Weekly, then Piers Morgan did a whole piece on her in the Daily Mail. When I read that Kim K had balanced a champagne glass on her derriere in one of the photographs from the shoot; well most red blooded males would find it hard to pass on the opportunity to see THAT. And I didn’t. It was…how do I put this?……fascinating! Even more fascinating and, forming my focus for today, is the vitriol she received by virtue of her latest “offering”.
She’s been called a slut, a wh**e, a bad mother amongst a few other more colourful adjectives.
To be honest, I like Kim, like most males, I think she’s breathtakingly gorgeous. But I’ll also be honest and admit that I agreed with the popular notion that she “lacked any talent”.
Every now and then, I sit down to watch “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, probably the only reality TV show I’ve ever watched, and I always asked myself; exactly what is it about this lady or the show that has made it such a huge hit? Kim doesn’t act, doesn’t sing, she isn’t some intellectual genius who has won or is close to winning the Nobel prize. “Keeping up with the Kardashians” is just a show about a rich family living out their “mundane” lives, a family whose “problems” I most times, can’t identify with; But she’s filthy rich, immensely famous, a role model to tens of millions and a global fashion icon.
And then it dawned on me, Kim IS talented. Her entire empire is built on her image physical and otherwise, good and/or bad and my goodness has she milked it! She’s the reigning queen of instagram, and a selfie with Kim is worth WAY more than any amounts of autographs; social media has huge economic gravitas and Kim is up there with the best at maximising it with her millions of followers on all the platforms. Fragrances, endorsements, a fashion line, and all the tv shows have all built up to a net worth of about $45m as at May 2014. Not bad for a lady who’s apparently got no talent eh?
That a lady who hit the mainstream off a sextape, went through a protracted messy public divorce, is repeatedly called names; can build an empire off all that and still be a role model to millions takes TALENT. A gift.
As to why her and hers’ show is a hit, this is my summation. Fantasy. She’s the living embodiment of who most girls want to be, and the living breathing evidence of most young men’s fantasies. And sometimes, people find it difficult to reconcile that she has made herself who she is without having a readily recognisable “talent”, without having to apparently “hustle” the way the rest of us mortals have had to do, and so there a bit of bitterness.
This whole piece isn’t a tribute to Kim Kardashian. It’s my way of saying not everybody is going to be a Nobel Prize winner, an Einstein; or a hiphop mogul like Jay Z; a movie superstar like Jennifer Aniston; a finance whiz like Warren Buffet; or a techno geek like Bill Gates. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a case of making lemonade out of lemons.
Using the little you have and making the best of it; leaving whatever past you had behind and moving on to the next one ( I borrowed a Jay Z line there in case you didn’t notice).
I never thought I’d ever say this. EVER. But If she ever does read this, Kim’s got a new fan to add to the millions she already has. Not because of THAT behind. But because of what she represents to me; seeing in yourself what nobody else sees and maximising your potential.
Ariel Ugorji identifies himself as a mild insomniac, geek, nerd, an audiophile, an avid music lover, Liverpool Fan and an unashamed Christian; with more often than not a completely different point of view on the world and a love for sensible arguments. He Resides in Warri, Nigeria; the land of the sharp and the brave.
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