The Kardashian family is perhaps the go-to group people think of when the phrase “famous for being famous” comes to mind. The family got media attention in the 1990s when the patriarch, the late Robert Kardashian, was O.J. Simpson’s lawyer in that infamous case. Kris Jenner, the mom/manager, brought more fame to the family when she married Bruce Jenner, an Olympic track and field athlete.
For a while now, the Kardashians have parlayed their initial fame into a reality show, several spin-off shows, hosting gigs, clothing and fragrance lines, and a host of other lucrative business ventures and of course, the public has been obsessed with the personal lives of each member of the Kardashian clan. For instance, people are constantly watching Rob Kardashian’s weight to comment on whether he’s gained too much. Fans want to see Kourtney’s cute kids, and want to get the dirt on her relationship with longtime boyfriend Scott Disick. Then of course, millions of people are obsessed with Kim, her body, her relationships and her daughter, North. So it stands to reason that people would want to be connected to this multi-million dollar family, hoping that some of the fame will rub off on them.
Has being a part of the Kardashians in some form or another paid off for these people? Perhaps. Here are a few individuals who may be known for their talents, but have gotten lots of press because they’re close with TV’s most loved (or hated) family.
10. Corey Gamble
Corey Gamble is perhaps the person who has benefited the most from being connected to the Kardashians. He is Kris Jenner’s new boyfriend (following her split from husband Bruce Jenner), and is 25 years younger than her. It’s safe to say that not many people had heard of Gamble before his relationship with Jenner. Recently, Kim Kardashian confirmed that Corey and her mother were dating after rumors were swirling around for a while. Gamble works with Justin Bieber, so he likely has a lucrative career, but being with a woman like Kris Jenner certainly couldn’t hurt. Jenner tried to keep her relationship with Corey a secret from her family, but it has since been alluded to on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
9. Allison Azoff
Allison Azoff has the distinction of being Kim Kardashian’s oldest best friend, but she’s close with Kourtney and the entire Kardashian family as well. Her mother, Shelley Azoff is Kris Jenner’s best friend, and her dad, Irving Azoff is a popular personal manager who has been involved in the careers of Journey, The Eagles, Christina Aguilera and Chelsea Handler. Allison has often been confused for North West’s nanny, since she is often caring for the child. She even got the privilege of attending Kanye West’s proposal to Kim Kardashian, which was an exclusive event that very few got to see in person.
8. Larsa Pippen
Larsa Pippen is the wife of famed retired basketball player Scottie Pippen, who was often viewed as Michael Jordan’s right-hand man. Larsa and Kim have been good friends for years. The mother of four is reportedly Kim’s go-to for parenting advice, which indicates that Kim Kardashian trusts her enough to listen to her advice about raising children. Many women can attest to the fact that having a friend to confide in when it comes to the challenges and joys of being a mother is priceless. Pippen and Kardashian are often featured in pictures on Kim’s social media accounts, making it known that the two hang out together often.
7. Brittny Gastineau
Model Brittny Gastineau had a reality show called Gastineau Girls, before Kim Kardashian and her family invaded the E Network with Keeping Up With the Kardashians. But these days, Gastineau is known as one of Kim’s closest friends. The two were friends before either of them appeared on television, but have had their share of disagreements. For instance, the two were at odds in 2011 after Brittny told Kim that she shouldn’t marry Kris Humphries after knowing him for only six months. When the marriage ended after just 72 days, Gastineau and Kardashian made up, since Kim realized that Brittny truly did have her best interest at heart.
6. Jonathan Cheban
Jonathan Cheban is the founder of the website www.thedishh.com, and runs his own public relations firm, CommandPR. He was born to a diamond dealer and a real estate agent, so he’s long known the value of money and doing good business. Recently, he became even more popular when he appeared on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as a friend of Kim Kardashian and her sisters.
Jonathan even starred in his own reality show in 2010, called The Spin Crowd, which was produced by Kim Kardashian. The show was cancelled due to poor ratings, but it never hurts to have a bestie who can help you get more exposure. In 2012, Cheban created a video in which he spoofed himself as a friend who is constantly living in the shadow of the Kardashians. Looks like he’s taking it all in stride.
5. Malika Haqq
Malika Haqq is Khloe Kardashian’s best friend. She and her twin sister Khadijah, have been modeling and acting for quite some time. Malika has appeared in the movies ATL, Sky High, and in several episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Malika also made television appearances in the shows Strong Medicine, The Bernie Mac Show and Las Vegas. Haqq is currently on the BET reality spoof and The Real Husbands of Hollywood. She was even featured often on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin-off Khloe and Lamar. Malika actually used to be Kardashian’s assistant, but after they had a falling out, the two decided that it was better to just be friends.
4. Black Chyna
Black Chyna is considered one of the newest additions to Kim Kardashian’s list of friends. Chyna is a former stripper and was once engaged to rapper Tyga. She also appeared in Nicki Minaj’s and Kanye West’s video “Monster”. Black Chyna and Kim Kardashian have been spotted working out together recently, and there are several pictures online of the two showing off their most noticeable “assets”. Black Chyna is also a businesswoman and has a line of false lashes and a makeup bar that celebrities have utilized. We can’t help but think that her business success is largely due to her friendship with Kardashian.
3. Brandon Jenner
Brandon Jenner is Bruce Jenner’s son from a previous marriage. He and his wife Leah are the singing pop duo Brandon and Leah, and have been making beautiful music for years. The group’s single “Showstopper” was the theme song for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin-off Khloe and Kim Take Miami. This family hook-up has put Jenner’s musical talents in the spotlight. Brandon Jenner is also an actor, and appeared with his brother Brody Jenner on the reality show Princes of Malibu. Brandon doesn’t seem to be as comfortable in front of the camera as his step-siblings, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to be connected to the family to enhance his career.
2. Carla DiBello
Carla DiBello is an associate producer who works for Bunim/Murray Productions. This is the company that produces Keeping Up With The Kardashians, as well as the Kardashian family’s spin-off reality shows. DiBello has definitely spent a lot of time with the Kardashians, and over the years, she and Kim have developed a friendship. Kim has even posted a few selfies with the associate producer, which is a sign that DiBello is “in” when it comes to the Kardashian clan. It’s also pretty smart of Kim to befriend Carla, since she knows so much about the family and doesn’t need any motivation to spill more secrets about the Kardashians.
1. Rachel Roy
Fashion designer Rachel Roy has shown up in a number of Kim Kardashian’s pictures when the two are at social events or just hanging out. Roy and Kardashian are good friends and have been known to support each other’s business ventures. Rachel was in the spotlight long before her friendship with Kim Kardashian, due to her marriage with music businessman Damon Dash; the former couple have two children together. However, Rachel Roy has definitely enhanced her popularity due to her Kardashian connection and her lines of chic clothing available at high-end department stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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