I hope I don’t need to explain who Kim Kardashian is. In case I need to, she is a celebutante socialite whose primary claim to fame is her reality show and various business ventures. She first shot to stardom, if you want to call it that, via sex tape with singer Brandy’s younger brother, Ray J.
Now we have my unbiased introduction out of the way, let’s get down to business.
There have been a lot of things said about Kim throughout the years: she’s manipulative, greedy, a ho, etc., etc. Some of the claims have been pretty mean; some of them have been rightly levied at her. I can easily see why anyone would not like her. She’s a prime example of what not to become. However, I’m having some difficulty seeing why anyone would admire her, especially Black women. It seems more Black women admire Kim Kardashian than any other race. Why?
Why does it seem more Black women admire Kim Kardashian than Michelle Obama?
I have no opinion of Kim Kardashian either way. To me, she’s like an appendix – she doesn’t really serve any purpose, she’s just there. I have no love or hate for her. I will say I like her business sense. Since 2009, her and her family has been all over the magazines and TV screens and have made millions in the process. Still, I cannot actually say what she’s known for or known as. For example, there are singers. There are authors. There are musicians. There are actors. While the Kardashians like to say they do a little bit of everything, no one can really say what they’re known for. Even their own fans have admitted they still don’t know why they’re famous.
But my personal opinion of Kim isn’t the point here. Whenever Kim is in the news for something (which is daily), it seems Black women come to her defense more than other races. When Kim famously announced her impending divorce from Kris Humphries, it was Black women who agreed she was right to get out of the marriage. Black women are more willing to discuss her reality show exploits. And I wouldn’t be surprised Black women are among the first to buy whatever product she is hawking.
Now let’s compare her to Beyonce, who seems to get a lot of hate from Black women. Beyonce came out with a perfume, I heard a lot of Black women say she was like everyone else. When Beyonce released a single photo of her 2008 wedding day last year, I heard a lot comments on how ugly her dress was. I’m not pro-Beyonce; I still don’t believe she was pregnant. But she’s a good example of a Sista who is talented and gets a lot of flack in comparison to someone who is not known for her talent but gets a lot of love.
Now let’s compare Kim to FLOTUS, who is an excellent example for all Black women. I’m disturbed to hear more Sistas talk about what Kim K. is wearing than the Let’s Move initiative the First Lady is currently leading.
You see, when I was growing up, I had real-life examples. My grandmothers, my mother, my aunts, and teachers. In terms of celebrity, I admired a bevy of them: Phylicia Rashad, Whitney Houston, Diahann Carroll, and Diana Ross just to name a few. But things were different back then. There weren’t reality shows that come a dime-a-dozen. There weren’t no-name ex-wives, current girlfriends, etc. of has-been athletes getting their 15 minutes. And a celebrity sex tape? That was a scandal within its own and careers were damn-near destroyed.
Nowadays, all one has to do is turn on the TV and go, ‘Hey, I wanna be just like her!’
In conclusion, there’s nothing wrong with admiring a celebrity, if they’re being admired for the right reasons. My mother-in-law once turned the TV to watch the Kardashians and I politely told her to turn that shit off. If my daughter tells me she wants to be like Kim K. when she grows up, I will politely ask does she want to be more concerned with making money no matter the cost or overall doing good for others with next to no publicity?
Food for thought: I have to wonder if Kim had a darker skin tone and her first name wasn’t Kimberly but maybe something a bit more ethnic-sounding, would she still receive the same love? Think about it.
And there you have it,