On the way to divorce! The couple however ticked all the boxes for success: in eight years, they have increased their fortune tenfold and founded a large family. Today, the brilliant and bipolar rapper thinks he is God’s chosen one while the reality TV star prepares for the bar … but Kim K will no longer be her husband’s lawyer.
She was then only an extra, companion to starlet Paris Hilton. A busty brunette, with an unknown surname. Kanye West discovers her in a magazine, in the background on a paparazzi photo. He asks a friend: “Have you seen that girl, Kim Kardijon?” “
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Ten years later, in May 2014, their marriage sealed the union of two empires, that of reality TV and that of rap. This fusion even has a name: “Kimye” (pronounce “Kimié”), a contraction of their two first names, which sounds like a slogan. Their wedding is in their image, extravagant. The West indulge in a coronation, first in Versailles, for a cocktail followed by fireworks, and the next day in Florence, where the religious ceremony is celebrated at sunset in the gardens of a Tuscan palace 16th century. The most popular of Americans are enjoying great European chic. They dream of being lords on the other side of the Atlantic and taste frog legs at Chez Ami Louis. In the United States, their fans of the Great Plains and of the Bible Belt are addicted to fast food and shopping centers where they get their Kardashian-West branded products. The future divorce of these New World monarchs is the final episode of a sentimental show that saw the metamorphosis of a bimbo into a powerful woman and that of a beloved artist into a mad king.
In 2000s Los Angeles, Kanye West is a promising rapper whose debut album, “The College Dropout”, is double platinum. Kim Kardashian, an it girl apprentice, saleswoman in her mother’s clothing store. The culture of LA is in three letters: MTV. The TV channel rules and makes syrupy and funky Britney Spears hits the soundtrack of an era. The success of the family reality show “The Osbournes” gives the Kardashian siblings some ideas.
Like all her friends, Kim K. regularly visits a cosmetic surgeon. Her chest swells, her nose is thinner, she lays down the fundamentals of her famous silhouette, the oversized curves that will become her best selling point. Kanye West is only a friend for the moment; she prefers a singer from R’n’B Ray J. It is with this one that she shoots, during vacation in Mexico, the pornographic video which makes her famous. The amateur film, bought for $ 1 million in 2007 by a production company, is even sold on DVD. A few months later, when the first episode of the reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” airs on the E! Channel, Kim is already a source of clicks. Kanye West appears there in 2010; his future wife is then engaged to a basketball player.
Kanye educates Kim’s taste, makes her his creature, films her in his clips
It was not until 2012 that the two “K’s” announced they were in a relationship. The rapper is on his fifth album, he launches into fashion and presents a collection of ready-to-wear during a parade in Paris. Her “girlfriend” is seated in the front row, a fur coat on her shoulders, diamonds on her wrist. She looks like a luxury doll, very low-cut, too much make-up, snubbed by this Parisian fashion elite to which she is eager to belong. In an episode of reality TV, West empties the closet of the one he wants to mentor: nothing is to his liking. He gets rid of pink and turquoise dresses, replaces them with pale hues, more daring cuts, “couture”.
The Pygmalion educates her taste, makes her his creature, films her in his clips. She introduces him to her family, a clan of women who have become famous and wealthy thanks to the products derived from their show. With their materialistic obsession, the Kardashians have created an unprecedented matriarchy of business women who make futility an empire. The five sisters are each at the head of clothing and cosmetics brands sold all over the world. Kim alone would make $ 45 million each year; his fortune would amount to 900 million dollars, according to the magazine “Forbes”. Kris Jenner, the mother manager who manages the multiple contracts of her offspring, announces without complex: “I take 10% on everything they earn.” They all live in the same neighborhood north of LA, in Calabasas, a dormitory suburb for the super rich.
Kim’s side, we campaign for trans and gay marriage. On the Kanye side, we support Trump, we oppose abortion and vaccination. A summary of American fractures.
With them, Kanye West discovers the joys of large families, the reassuring feeling of belonging to a tribe. He was raised alone by his mother, a professor of letters at the University of Chicago. His father, an activist of the revolutionary Black Panthers party and photojournalist, left them. He grew up “writing poems,” said the mother, a pampered middle-class kid, in a peaceful neighborhood. Kanye West is black but does not come out of a ghetto. He does not know the misery that gives rap its violence, its efficiency from the streets. He is the bourgeois of hip-hop, despised by his peers who reproach him for his lack of credibility, his clean record, his quiet childhood. To compensate, he wants to be the best and succeeds, number one in sales of records and sneakers, thanks to his collaboration with Adidas. A respected producer, genius of sample and rhyme, he is ranked by “Forbes” among the hundred most influential personalities in the world.
Kim Kardashian does not have, either, the need to avenge a poverty-stricken childhood. She was born in Beverly Hills, in a wealthy environment, a bourgeois coterie where we go to church on Sundays. The K.s frequent the Hilton, Trump and Simpson families, named OJ, the immense champion soon to be prosecuted for the assassination of his wife. His father, Robert Kardashian, lawyer, works for the music industry and is part of the “dream team” which defends OJ. He died in 2003 with cancer. Kim’s mother Kris, remarried to Olympic champion Bruce Jenner, has to pay for the private schools of the six children and the daily life in their large villa. She digs a vein: “entertainment”, transforming her family into entertainment characters and their name into a brand. She is the one who gives ambition to her daughters, the will to reach the grail, fame. Kim is the first to achieve this, through advertising contracts, red carpet appearances and expert mastery of social media. “You can say a lot of things about me, but you can’t pretend that I don’t work hard,” she retorted to a reporter in 2017. In Hollywood, no one is powerful enough to tell her what now. whether it be.
Conversely, Kanye West, once haloed, gloomy. Although he earned $ 150 million in 2019 with “Jesus Is King”, his illuminated album, and $ 1.3 billion thanks to Yeezy, his shoe brand, Kanye West the preacher sees his star fade. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after suffering from “manic” attacks. These episodes sometimes manifest themselves in public, in delusional or aggressive diatribes, live on radio and television. He goes so far as to make fun of his omnipotent stepmother, whom he nicknamed “Kris Jong-un”. Embarrassed, Kim defends her husband, without aligning himself with his opinions when he declares to support Donald Trump, she who is a voter of the Democratic Party. She recalls his qualities as a father to their four children, the fruit of a mixed marriage and a progressive symbol of their multiculturalism: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm… names bordering on the absurd.
Suffering from placental disease, Kim revealed in 2018 to have resorted to surrogacy, a legal practice in California. A second followed, eighteen months later. Decisions widely commented on in the American media, supported by some, condemned by the majority of opinion. The Kardashian-West are at the heart of social debates, indisputably influential with the 250 million subscribers of their Instagram accounts. When stepfather Bruce Jenner becomes a transsexual named Caitlyn, the whole family is campaigning for trans rights and gay marriage. Kanye West, he does not speak. In 2020, he appears alongside homophobic evangelical preachers during a day of prayer in Arizona. Politically opposed to her husband, Kim Kardashian said she was in favor of restricting the carrying of weapons; she warned of the dangers of abstention from elections and the housing crisis in California. We can imagine their heated discussions at home in their gigantic “Polar Bear” sofa by designer Jean Royère. Kim is committed to a reform of the prison system, mobilizing his finances and his network, up to the White House, to release prisoners sentenced to death or life imprisonment.
The “Trumpist” rapper, who has taken refuge in his Wyoming ranch for several weeks, still spent Christmas in California with Kim and the children
In May 2019, she made an amazing announcement: she wants to become a lawyer. In the United States, it is possible to take the bar exam by learning from legal professionals, without enrolling in university. Two women, tenors of criminal justice, agreed to train her. At 40, the devourer of crocodile bags is about to change her life. After twenty seasons, the family show saw its last fires. His love affair with Kanye West too. She is said to be exhausted by her changing personality and her erratic statements. The ridiculous 2020 presidential candidate, who spoke out against abortion and vaccination, pushed his wife to the limit.
The “Trumpist” rapper, who has taken refuge in his Wyoming ranch for several weeks, still spent Christmas in California with Kim and the children. True to their addiction to excessiveness, West allegedly gifted his wife five sports cars, while she would have chosen works by James Turrell, his favorite sculptor, at several million dollars for him. Break-up gifts? Their divorce should be finalized in the coming months, without there being any conflict between the two parties. For the moment. Their Calabasas property, a pristine 1,500 square meter palace valued at $ 60 million, could be a point of contention. Kim Kardashian is the owner of the land; Kanye West, of the house. What a misfortune!
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