If the slogan, “s*x sells” took human form, it would look exactly like Kim Kardashian. Whether you’ve been following Kim since her pre-plastic surgery days on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, use her as fashion inspiration, or think that she’s super hot, we have to admit, we definitely have a love-hate relationship with her. As it is with many celebrities, we tend to hold them to a higher standard than the average Joe, considering that they live a life we never could imagine living. Having watched Kim in the limelight for just over a decade now, we have a compiled list in our minds of reasons why we love her and reasons she drives us freaking nuts.
Okay, so let’s say you hate her personality. Fair enough. But you have to admit, she’s one of the best businesswomen of our generation. Kim Kardashian managed to turn a horribly embarrassing s*x tape into a lifelong career not only for herself, but for her entire family. Whether you like what she’s done with her brand or not, she deserves all the credit for the success she’s had. On the other hand, we still can’t ignore her less attractive moments, like when she cried like a baby over a lost earring, or when she hysterically finished in 11th place on Dancing With the Stars.
Below is a list of moments where we had to hold ourselves back from punching Kim right in the face, as well as some moments where we couldn’t help but love her. But don’t worry, you don’t have to admit it.
15. Loved: Made Lemons Into Lemonade
For the last decade, we’ve all wondered how on earth the world has become so obsessed with Kim Kardashian and the rest of her clan. Bottom line? S*x sells. And Kim is still riding that wave to this very day. In 2007, Kim Kardashian’s s*x tape with Ray J (filmed on a cheap camcorder in Cabo, Mexico) was released to the world, which to most celebs would be a career killer…but not for this business savvy socialite.
Thanks to the help of her momager, Kris Jenner, Kim turned what could have been a life-ruining tape into a moneymaking machine. Kim K and her family started filming their hit reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians on E! in 2007 and the rest was history. While today, Kim has become a wife and mother and an incredibly successful businesswoman, she continues to dazzle us with her vivacious curves and sultry stares. And to think she has an embarrassing s*x tape to thank for this.
14. Hated: When She Was Insensitive To Her Siblings
Most of the time on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim is seen as a supportive sister and daughter, always standing up for her family. However, when some of her family members attend therapy together, we saw an extremely ugly side of Kim that seriously made us want to punch her—and it seemed like her siblings wanted to as well. When Kim, Rob, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kris were talking to a therapist about the time when their father, Rob Kardashian tragically passed away, Kim alluded that she was the only one who was really there for him. Rob and Khloe immediately become offensive, as they felt that Kim was taking away their precious last moments they had shared with their father.
After the therapy session, Rob was visibly upset and gave us a glimpse into what we now recognize as a bad case of depression. While Kim was well-spoken in the therapy session, she put down her brother and sisters and deeply hurt their feelings. After realizing what she said may have been hurtful, she sent them an impersonal email saying that she was sorry. Really sincere, Kim.
13. Loved: She’s A Cool Mom
When we look back at pictures of our moms in the 80’s and 90’s, we can’t help but cringe at their oversize overalls and awful hairdos. But when little Saint and North West look back at pictures of their mom, they won’t have the same sentiment. Kim always manages to be one step ahead of the trends and is often seen wearing outrageous, stunning outfits. Whether she’s rocking a denim choker, spiky Louis Vuitton clothing, or custom leather jacket, she still looks way cooler than the average mom.
Kim also takes her kids everywhere she can with her within reason. She has expressed many times that she really loves being a mom and wants to be hands-on in the rearing of both her kids. She wants them to experience as much of the world as possible and will go to great lengths to make sure they live full, rich lives…with an emphasis on “rich.”
12. Hated: Lies About Her Butt
When you think of Kim Kardashian, you think of her round, giant “badunkadunk.” We can’t help it. She’s made it a huge part of her brand since the day she appeared on her reality show. While her sisters also had meaty behinds, something about Kim’s was just out of this world. Many had suspicions about Kim’s butt and whether it was legitimate or not, she did live in Beverly Hills after all, a place where plastic surgery is the new normal.
In one episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim actually gets X-rays done to prove that her butt is 100% real. Sure, we believed her back then, but what about today? Kim is probably in the best shape ever, so how is her butt bigger than it ever has been? There’s no doubt in our minds that Kim K has gotten butt injections over the years if not implants, along with lots of other cosmetic procedures. We all know it, so why won’t Kim just come clean? We’d all respect her more for it. And don’t even get us started on her sister Khloe’s rapidly growing rump.
11. Loved: She Gave Us The Best Emojis Ever
Emojis have become a universally-recognized way of communicating. We all know what to do when we get that eggplant. While Kim may play dumb sometimes, she has a knack for knowing when to jump on a highly profitable business venture. While emojis were becoming extremely popular, Kim and her marketing team came up with her own set of emojis. She calls them “Kimojis.” They feature twerking butts, Kim’s ugly crying face, and our favorite, Kourtney’s botched botox smile.
Kimojis are just one of the many examples of why Kim is actually one of the smartest businesswomen of our time. Since her launch of Kimojis, there have been many copycats, including her own soon-to-be sister in law, Blac Chyna, who came out with “Chymojis” back in 2016. Needless to say, they paled in comparison to Kimojis.
10. Hated: When She Tried To Be A Pop-Star
People have always said that the Kardashians are all famous for being famous. Back in 2011, Kim gave in and tried to showcase her “talent” as a singer with her not-so-popular single, Jam (Turn it Up). The song was as epically bad as we all imagined it would be. We didn’t even love-hate it. Watching her make the song behind the scenes in her reality show was nearly impossible to sit through as it was so painful. Even auto-tune couldn’t help Kim.
Luckily, Kim has since stopped trying to prove to the world that she’s worthy of her fame. Instead, she stuck to what she does best—marketing. Kim worked hard to develop a consistent brand and learned exactly how to profit from it. We wish some other pop stars would quit after just one song like Kim did. We all know who we’re talking about.
9. Loved: That Time She Stood Up For Her Man (Even If He Was Nuts)
Kim Kardashian married rapper and fashion designer, Kanye West, who’s possibly the most outrageous, egotistical, stubborn artist we’ve ever seen. However, the two seem to make a healthy match and are really good about supporting each other. Even in the ongoing beef between Kanye and pop princess, Taylor Swift, Kim manages to stand up for her man despite the public’s scrutiny. Taylor Swift has openly expressed her disdain for Kanye ever since he interrupted her when he cut her off during her Grammy acceptance speech and was very offended when he put her name in his song, Famous, without asking her.
Kim was sick and tired of the public taking Swift’s side all the time, and spoke openly about how Kanye actually did ask Swift’s permission to mention her in the song. Kim rarely speaks out to the public about being upset about anything, and this was one of the first times we saw her lash out a little bit. Red looks good on you, Kim.
8. Hated: When She Took Selfies On The Way To Jail
No one loves Kim’s pretty face more than Kim herself. We got our first glimpse of that on Keeping Up With the Kardashians when the whole fam was dropping off Khloe to serve time in jail after receiving her DUI. Instead of worrying alongside her mom, Kim continued to take selfies in the backseat (on her digital camera, mind you) seemingly oblivious to the fact that she was dropping a family member off to jail. Really classy, Kim!
Today, Kim continues to play the selfie game and has even made a coffee table book of them. Needless to say, the book didn’t sell as well as she had hoped. We all think Kim is gorgeous, but do we really need to spend money on a book of duck-lip selfies? We don’t think so either.
7. Loved: She Accepted Caitlyn With Open Arms
Who knew that among all the Kardashian women wanting to make headlines, the one with the juiciest story was actually Bruce Jenner?! Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, came out as a transgender after living over 60 years as a man. Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired a special episode showing all of Jenner’s daughters talking about her life and her transition. It was clear which kids were more hurt and affected by it and who were more accepting. Kim admitted to actually walking in on Bruce as a teenager and seeing him dressed up like a woman, and keeping it a secret for years and years.
We saw Kim give Caitlyn fashion and makeup advice without batting an eyelash. She seemed completely comfortable with the life-changing transition. Kim even helped Caitlyn get dressed for the ESPYs even though she ended up upsetting Caitlin’s ex, Kris Jenner. We watched some of the other siblings have a harder time continuing a relationship with Caitlyn, but Kim did it with incredible ease.
6. Hated: When She Wore Hideous Plastic Boots
Most of the time, we can depend on Kim to rock red carpets and nightclubs in the most sexy high fashion around. However, there are times when she completely misses the mark—like the time she wore clear, plastic thigh-high boots. Kim’s boots reminded us of tacky blow-up furniture from the 90’s that made fart noises when we sat on them and made our legs sweaty as all hell. While 90’s trends like chokers and high-waist jeans are making a comeback, plastic boots are definitely one we can keep in our memories and old Delia’s catalogues. Plus, thinking about Kim’s nasty feet covered in warm sweat is anything but sexy.
5. Loved: When She Went Out In Public Very Pregnant And Swollen
Kim Kardashian rarely walks out of the house without a sexy get up. However, when she became pregnant, she changed her style to be a little more conservative and tasteful. We have to commend Kim for not putting herself under house arrest when she was carrying her kids. In fact, she showed the world what pregnancy really looks like. Kim is one of those people who tend to get swollen when she’s expecting a child…like REALLY swollen. While it was somewhat a shock to see Kim’s body change so dramatically, it was pretty cool getting to be a part of her journey.
While we loved watching Kim’s style evolve as she prepared to become a mother, we couldn’t help but feel bad for her after seeing pictures of her feet barely squeezing into her shoes, and witnessing her giant breasts barely staying inside her tank tops. She didn’t always look comfortable, but she wore her mommy badge loud and proud, and we like her more for it.
4. Hated: When She Married Kris Humphries
We’ve all had that one boyfriend or girlfriend that our pals just never understood, and Kim was no exception. We watched the somewhat-odd relationship between Kim and basketball player, Kris Humphries, play out on her reality show, leading to their rather short and very confusing marriage. The athlete never seemed to really fit into the family, often fighting with her siblings and acting awkwardly aggressive. We all wondered why on earth Kim thought Kris was her one and only, other than the fact that he fit the “K” first name requirement.
Kim and Kris got married on her show in an elaborate backyard ceremony dripping in red and black—a style that just screamed Kris Jenner. The marriage lasted for just 72 days and their divorce lasted nearly seven times that long. The wedding and breakup was a huge focal point of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And although they deny it incessantly, it’s hard not to assume that this was a huge publicity stunt. We do not approve.
3. Loved: When She Went Kind Of Crazy With Different Wigs
Out of all of the Kardashian sisters, Kim sports a more serious, somber personality. We’ve watched Kourtney and Khloe prank their mom and get into all kinds of hilarious trouble. But Kim never really seems to be in the mood for laughing. However, every once in a while, we witness Kim’s silly side and we embrace it with open arms. Our favorite silly Kim moment (trust us, there aren’t many) was when she went through this weird phase of wearing wigs all the time and taking on a whole different persona.
On her reality show, Kim waltzed around Calabasas in a red wig claiming to be a spy. She’d speak in this odd, whisper voice to her family and ran around the house very sneakily. Other times, Kim would wear a short black wig and pretend to be her mom or she’d sport a blonde hairdo and act like a southern belle. Kind of weird behavior for an adult, but for someone who’s always strictly “business,” it was nice to see her get silly sometimes.
2. Hated: When She Charged $98 For A Float Shaped Like Her Butt
When it comes to her fans, Kim Kardashian knows they’ll do just about anything to support her and will even spend nearly $100 bucks for a pool float shaped like her famously giant butt. Look, we all appreciate the celeb’s rotund derrière, but for $98 plus shipping, we can surely live without it. We can’t help but feel like Kim is taking advantage of all of us, knowing damn well that plenty of people will fork up their hard-earned dough to have the chance to float in a pool on two giant butt cheeks. We all know Kim definitely doesn’t need the extra money, so why the high price tag?
The pre-ordered round of butt floats have already sold out and won’t even ship out until June. Kim has released other merchandise over the last few years inspired by her Kimojis, like a phone case with her ugly crying face on it. Not only is Kim a smart businesswoman, but she clearly has a sense of humor and she’ll be giggling all the way to the bank.
1. Loved: When She Defends Her Family No Matter What
Kim lives and dies for the latest Alaia mini and Givenchy shoes, but the business mogul knows that nothing matters more than her family. While we’ve watched Kim punch Khloe over her Bentley drama, argue with Kourtney about stealing her sweaters, and lie to her little sisters to go shopping, she’d honestly do anything for her family. Keeping Up With The Kardashians may show many crazy moments, but all of its themes center around the family and how much they love and support each other.
Kim has stood by Khloe’s side through her entire divorce from Lamar, and was always there for Kourtney when Scott broke her heart. We watched Kim care for her very first nephew, Mason, when she flew last minute all the way to Miami to help care for him when Kourtney and Scott were on the outs. As much as we can point fingers at Kim for her dramatic attitude and over-the-top spending habits, we have to commend her for putting family first and setting a good example for sisters all over the world. Again, this may be a dramatic statement, but it’s fitting considering how over-the-top Kim is.