Kimberly Noel "Kim" Kardashian (born
October 21, 1980) is an American celebutante, socialite, model, actress,
and television personality. She is best known for her social life and her
role on the E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Kardashian is of Armenian (father), Scottish and Dutch (mother) descent,
the daughter of attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner (née Houghton).
Robert Kardashian, best known for being O. J. Simpson's lawyer during his
murder trial, died on September 30, 2003. Her mother, Kris, divorced
Robert in 1989, and married former Olympian Bruce Jenner in 1991.
Kardashian has two sisters, Kourtney and Khloé, and one brother, Robert.
She also has stepbrothers Burton Jenner, Brandon Jenner, and reality TV
star Brody Jenner, stepsister Casey Jenner, and half-sisters Kendall and
Kylie Jenner. O. J. Simpson is Kardashian's godfather.
While attending high school, Kardashian worked at her father's music
marketing firm, Movie Tunes.
Her first acting role was in the television series Beyond the Break. She
then starred in the 2008 disaster film spoof Disaster Movie as Lisa,
alongside Carmen Electra and Vanessa Minnillo. Kardashian also appeared in
an episode of How I Met Your Mother entitled "Benefits".
Kardashian has done many small modeling jobs on the side of her television
career. Kardashian posed nude for the December 2007 issue of Playboy
magazine. In February 2008, Bongo Jeans announced that Kardashian would be
their new face model. Kardashian is also a model for Travis Barker's
Famous Stars and Straps clothing line. Kardashian is one of the stars of
the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians along with
her two sisters, mother, brother, half-sisters, and stepfather.
On May 2, 2008, Kardashian released a workout DVD, Workout with Kim
Kardashian, and a set of workout cards with the help of trainer Kathy
Kaehler. In July 2008, Kardashian announced on her personal blog that she
is working on her own perfume line to be released in 2009. In March 2009
Kardashian launched a shoe shopping service. Kardashian is slated to
appear as a guest judge during Cycle 13 of America's Next Top Model.
Kardashian co-owns a clothing boutique called D-A-S-H with her sisters
Kourtney and Khloe.
On November 4, 2009, it was announced that Kardashian will star with
Vanessa Minnillo on CBS' CSI:NY on December 16, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"The ladies play two women who've managed to concoct a very interesting
scheme that ends in murder," executive producer Pam Veasey tells People.
They will be joined by Minnillo's former MTV colleague, LaLa Vasquez, as
well as the band Train.
Kardashian was one of 13 participants on the seventh season of Dancing
with the Stars. She was partnered with Current DWTS Champion Mark Ballas.
Kardashian was the third contestant voted off the show on September 30,
2008, finishing in 11th place overall.
In 2000, Kardashian married music producer Damon Thomas; their
relationship ended in divorce in 2004. In 2007, she began dating NFL star
Reggie Bush after they met at the ESPY Awards. The couple split at the end
of July 2009.
However, as of September 29, 2009, a source told E! that Kardashian and
Bush were back together. "[Khloe's] wedding made her miss him, so she flew
to see him," the source said. Following her sister's nuptials, Kardashian
hopped on a plane headed for New Orleans late Sunday night—still wearing
her purple "Mr. and Mrs. Odom" sweat suit.
On January 6, 2010, it was announced that Dr. Sanford Siegal, the creator
of the Cookie Diet, has sued Kardashian, claiming she defamed him on
Twitter. According to a release from Siegal, the Keeping Up with the
Kardashians star tweeted in October that he was "falsely promoting" that
she was on the cookie diet. "Not true! I would never do this unhealthy
diet! I do QuickTrim!" Kardashian allegedly said via Twitter. "If this Dr.
Siegal is lying about me being on this diet, what else are they lying
about? Not cool!" Siegal filed a claim in a Florida state court claiming
the statements are false and defamatory. He also alleges that Kardashian
was on QuickTrim's payroll when she posted the tweet. Kardashian's tweet
appears to stem from an article on CookieDiet.com, a site with no
connection to Siegal, that named Kardashian as one of many celebrities who
saw positive results on the diet. Kardashian sent a cease-and-desist order
to Siegal, demanding the link be removed.
In 2007, a pornographic home video she had made with her then-boyfriend,
R&B singer Ray J, was leaked. Kardashian pursued legal action against
Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape. Kardashian later dropped
the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for US$5 million.