Kimberly Noel Kardashian is an American businesswoman, socialite, television personality, model, and actress born October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of late attorney Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner. Her father was a third generation Armenian American and her mother is Dutch and Scottish. Her paternal great-grandparents immigrated to Los Angeles from historic Armenia. Her last name is Armenian and means “son of a stonemason.”
Kim has two sisters, Kourtney and Khloé and one brother named Robert. She also has three stepbrothers Burton Jenner, Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner, a step-sister Casey Jenner, and half-sisters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.
Kim Kardashian first rose to fame in October of 2007 when her family starred in the E! TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She got her first acting break in Beyond the Break, and then starred in Disaster Movie. She also participated in the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars. Kim co-owns a boutique called D-A-S-H with her sisters Kourtney and Khloé. In 2007, she posed nude for Playboy. Kim models for Travis Barker’s Famous Stars and Straps, Quick Trim weight loss, Balenciaga shoes, Carl’s Jr. fast food, Sugar Factory lollipops, and Perfect Skin skincare products, to name a few. Kim released her own, self-titled perfume in February 2010. She is also the co-founder and chief fashion stylist for ShoeDazzle. Kim has also released a workout DVD series, Fit In Your Jeans By Friday.
Kim married producer Damon Thomas in 2000 and their marriage ended in divorce in 2004. She dated singer Ray J and Reggie Bush in 2007 (not simultaneously!). She began dating NBA player Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets in 2010 and they announced their engagement on May 18, 2011.
In July of 2010, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Kim Kardashian at their New York branch.
Kim Kardashian is also the producer of The Spin Crowd, a reality television show about Command PR, a New York City public relations firm, run by Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck.
Kim Kardashian married Kris Humphries on August 30, 2011 in Montecito, California. It has been reported that the couple made around $17 million for the nuptials and that they paid nothing for the $20 million wedding bash. Three $20,000 Vera Wang gowns, $400,000 worth of Perrier Jouet champagne and invitations from Lehr & Black, estimated at $10,000, were given to the couple for free. The $750,000 for catering for the 500 guests at the reception was also free. On October 31, 2011 Kim filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.