Born in Los Angeles to mother Kris and Robert, once-attorney to O.J. Simpson, Kim Kardashian is known for her reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," but what propelled her to fame was her leaked sex tape with Ray J. Kim sued the company that purchased the rights; she finally settled for $5 million.
Kim has a large family with siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings. Kim Kardashian claims she was popular in school, but "I was nice. I was best friends with my sister and the nerds" (seventeen.com). She is a mix of Armenian, Scottish and Dutch ancestry.
In 1998, Kim graduated high school from Marymount High School. Two years later, she married Damon Thomas, but their relationship ended after four years and she went on a dating spree with a swath of men.
Kim Kardashian's friend, Paris Hilton, introduced her to the socialite scene and helped ramp her fame. Kim Kardashian has been called "famous for being famous."
Kim Kardashian went on to pose in Playboy, and modeled for Carl's Jr. and Bongo Jeans, among others. She has appeared in "How I Met Your Mother," "90210," "America's Top Model," "CSI: NY," and the film "Disaster Movie."
Kim Kardashian danced on "Dancing With The Stars," and was the third contestant voted off, finishing in 11th place.
In 2010, Kim Kardashian released her own fragrance, as well as launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle. Not stopping there, she released a workout DVD series. She and her sisters have also released various clothing lines for QVC and Sears.
Kim Kardashian fields plastic surgery questions, too, but she attributes the chatter about having her nose done to a make-up trick called contouring. "Someone saw me last night and my nose was so contoured. And they were like, 'You've had your nose done?' And I was like, "No, wait until I wash my face" (harpersbazaar.com).
In 2011, she married Kris Humphries in a two-part TV wedding special. The wedding, however, lasted only 72 before she filed for divorce. News outlets surmised that Kardashian's marriage to Humphries was nothing but a publicity stunt. Kim Kardashian told Oprah, "I was in such a deep depression [after the divorce] I thought I was going to back away [from the spotlight]. I stayed at home for almost four months and I'm a better person now, as heartbreaking as it was to go through. I'm totally growing up."
Kim said of her mom as her manager, "First of all, we have to hire a manager. So regardless, someone is going to get that [job]. No one will fight harder for you than your own mother. She knows us. She knows all of our moods. We just get each other. We vibe. It works."
Kim Kardashian lives in Los Angeles, California.