The Kardashian Empire: a cultural phenomenon that could only happen in our lifetime. With a combined Kardashian-Jenner net worth of over 300 million dollars, this statistic is surely one that hurts you deep down inside. The Kardashian family has managed to turn a sex tape into an empire, spawning a reality TV show, countless spin-offs, mobile apps, clothing lines and more, in such a way that it is downright mind-boggling. They have even managed to launch an entire modeling career for one of the youngest Kardashian-Jenner members. And everyone resents them for it. But somehow, whether it's luck, extraordinary business strategy, or a combination of both, the Kardashian Empire keeps raking in cash daily.
The big question is how did they do it? Some speculate that it is their relatability; others suggest that they use social media to bolster their presence and they exploit all of the negatives in their lives, from weight loss to break-ups, to garner more views. This brings us to a pressing question on everyone's mind: when will the Kardashians go away? How will they fall? While the empire has (so far) withstood countless attempts to dethrone it, that won't be the case forever. As more and more people get tangled in the Kardashian web, there are a number of potential threats that could wipe out the Kardashians, The Walking Dead style, for good.
15 Amber Rose
There is a lot of hostility between Amber Rose, Kanye’s former flame, and the Kardashians. It all started around 2012 when Rose accused Kim of being a “homewrecker” and that she was the reason why her relationship with Kanye ended. Amber Rose said, “They were both cheating. They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other" and that "[Kim] was sending pictures, and I was like, Kim, just stop. Don’t be that person." Blah, blah, blah.
14 Caitlyn Jenner
The Kardashian family just got a lot more culturally relevant when the patriarch of the family, Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner), transitioned into the second matriarch in such a way that it almost seemed scripted. The storyline peaked international fascination, beckoning to many viewers who tuned in to see Caitlin on the show, along with a new brand of reality TV show for Jenner and a lot of income for everyone involved.
13 The Tell-Alls From Insiders
A fragment of the conflict on the family's reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has come from various outside forces who use their connections to the family to take them down. They are the real heroes of a generation.
12 Scandalous Press Coverage
Somehow, a celebrity gossip magazine was on to Bruce Jenner, now Caitlin Jenner, transitioning into a woman well before it was announced to the world. With the media circus that surrounds the Kardashian family for the entertainment of us all, it is possible, and very likely, that another scandal is lurking beneath the surface, just waiting for reporters to dig it up and destroy them.
11 Another Tape Scandal
10 All Former And Future Flames
Even years later and with all the money to buy themselves excellent PR reps to do Kardashian damage control, not all of the Kardashians, namely Kim, have managed to keep their former flames under wraps. Most recently, someone took it upon themselves to release audio footage of Ray J, Kim’s infamous sex tape partner, which featured him talking about the problematic downtown odor of his then girlfriend, little Miss Kim Kardashian. The topic of conversation is, of course, very minor, but it goes to show how things can resurface even years later.
9 Robert Kardashian
The tension between Robert Kardashian and the rest of the Kardashians is very palpable. That much was clear after he broke down on the family reality show and said on national television: “All my mom cares about is the three girls." From Robert's public Tweets bashing Kim to skipping out on her wedding to failing to tell his family that he was getting engaged, Robert’s relationship with the Kardashians is a tense one.
8 Kris Jenner’s Greed
Kris Jenner is the behind-the-scenes true queen of the Kardashian empire. She basically built it herself, simply using her children to do the dirty work, no pun intended. Kris Jenner’s reputation is that being a ruthless exploiter of her own children’s lives. If reports are to be believed, she is perpetually wheeling and dealing with her kids in an attempt to get better ratings. Undoubtedly she pushed to have Kim’s children on the show along with Rob Kardashian’s emotional struggles, as well as the Lamar Odom fiasco.
7 When Kim and Kanye Divorce
With Kim's infamous 70-something day marriage perpetually in the shadows, obviously, Kim Kardashian does not have the best track record when it comes to marriage. Another divorce is not out of the realm of possibility and should it happen, it could leave a lot of destruction in its martial wake. Allow us to explain. The first concern is that with Kanye’s very public bashing of his of his ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, Kanye would likely be much of a tyrant toward Kim, as well. In fact, reports suggest that Kim is very afraid of a potential divorce with Kanye for this very reason. He has too much dirt on her. Would he come forward and admit that Kim Kardashian is a cheater?
6 The Kardashian Babies
5 Blac Chyna
The weird and borderline incestuous relationship involving Blac Chyna, Robert Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Tyga, was the cause of a lot of friction and tension in the game of Blac Chyna vs. The Kardashian females. Chyna undoubtedly has a lot of beef on the family simply given the fact that she was friends with them prior to their friendship breakdown.
4 Kanye West
3 When Kim Leaves Keeping Up
As we know, Kim brings in a lot of drama and the majority of the ratings for the show. She is the focal point and the empire is based upon her. If the leading star were to leave the show - rumours were swirling in 2014 that the reality star would be leaving the show to focus on her kids - interest in the family would wane, ratings would drop and the show would, eventually, be forced to go off the air.
2 The Gossip Storylines Get Stale
A lack of storylines for the show is a very pressing matter for the matriarch, especially now that her children are having their own kids, “settling down” and the drama is at a minimum. Storylines are getting stale and ratings are dropping.
1 Their Beauty Fades
We don’t have the time to break down “The Kardashian Brand,” but it is largely based on the family's beauty and Kim Kardashian's body. Kim Kardashian continuously exploits it via naked selfies and photoshoots in the name of “empowerment,” etc., attempting to mask these acts as something more than a licentious woman taking off her clothes. These very instances fuel her career by generating a large topic of conversation. But what happens when the Kardashian beauty fades - when Kim's body is no longer worthy of being posted on Instagram? Their brand is based on a crumbling foundation - something that will inevitably die out and there is nothing they can do to stop it, despite the number of trips to the plastic surgeon.
Let's face it: The Kardashians are already in their mid to late- 30s. Their beauty is fading each and every day and it is time itself that will ultimately kill off the Kardashians, just like it will kill us all. Opportunities to extend their brand further won’t be as plentiful. The very foundation of their empire will seek to exist. Only then will the world be at peace.
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