OP-ED: Thoughts on Kim Kardashian's problems with being famous for being famous.
Kim Kardashian apparently thinks she does not get the credit she deserves for the work she does.
In a three-part interview with NBC's Access Hollywood, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said, "I get more fed up with questions like - I was traveling recently and I was doing a press day and people were like, 'How do you feel when people say what do you do?' And I'm like, 'I'm here working aren't I? Like, I'm here to promote something."
She continued, "I said, 'Hey why don't you do this - tell someone else that you think can do it. Tell them to do everything that I've done in my career and see if they end up where I'm at.' Try it. Just try it. I dare you.'"
Yea, we could try. But looking at the timeline on her path to fame, the first step was a sex tape - most people would be out right here.
Then, her second step was being in a family reality TV show where every moment of her life was documented for the world to see (with heavy editing, of course).
And most people - if they somehow got through step one - wouldn't make it past step two.
Honestly, I don't know how someone could look at Kim Kardashian and say she isn't successful or does not do a lot of work.
That's fine. But the problem with Kim K's argument is that you can't rewrite history.
She became famous for a sex tape and then became famous for being famous - and that really is her claim to fame.
Yes - she has several successful reality TV shows, co-owns DASH boutiques, developed a huge mobile app and published a book, among other ventures.
It's all part of the equation. She can't erase the past and just ride on the success of the present.
65 million followers on social media did not happen overnight. They came from years of friending Hollywood families, being on reality TV, big weddings, magazine covers, maybe one more big wedding, lots of selfies, and consistently keeping the Kardashian name as a top-ranking searchable keyword.
If she's really honest, its her fans' obsession with just watching her life that made her famous.
What Kim should be given credit for is capitalizing on that interest and creating an industry out of it. For that, Kim gets a gold star.
If she wants to get credit for doing something, then she needs to do something more than just BE Kim Kardashian West.