Why Does Kim Kardashian Get So Much Love from Sistas?

I made a vow to never feature Kim K.'s face on this blog and I plan to stick to it.

 

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,

-V.

10 thoughts on “Why Does Kim Kardashian Get So Much Love from Sistas?

  1. nicoleh73 says:

    I’ve noticed this obsession with Kim on Twitter. For the life of me I can’t fathom the fixation with her. They almost view her as some sort of light-skinned “Black” girl. Its really odd.

    • veraroberts says:

      Are you in my head?? For real. I think because she’s shaped like us and dates Black men, Sistas think she’s “one of us.”

      I just can’t with that nonsense…

  2. Rincewind says:

    no, can’t get it as well, to be honest I have never seen an episode of the Kardashians so the only thing I see is in the papers now and then, and that part I can quickly ignore 🙂 but Beyonce is great and should be admired by anyone and same with the 1st lady. She’s kinda hot as well…

    • veraroberts says:

      I have a question: do they receive the same amount of press in the UK as they do here? If they do, that is just absolutely fascinating…and not in a good way.

  3. Chantale Reve says:

    I love your appendix metaphor. Could viewing trop de la canal KKK lead to appendicitis?

    Can’t get enough of your term “celebutante”–does that make Kimmie more French than Beyonce?

    The KK-lovin’ may have to do with claimin’. The Bey-hatin’ may have to do with her playing up the Creole and, thus, suppressing her Blackness, especially now that a major cosmetics company which she endorses literally spells out her ethnicities. I don’t give trois Fs about KK cos, as of 2011, I’m an equal-oppty hata of so-called-reality shows. As for Bey, not only Black U.S. women need to stop calling her the B word.

    I apologize for getting off-topic, but I just hope that when Black people fill out job applications, and other forms that oft get them discriminated against before they show their faces, they, like Bey, will have the freedom to identify themselves how they desire.

    I’ve been checking H.L. Gates PBS doc series, in which average Joes swab down for DNA tests, and results often are stunning. In the U.S., since media and politics perpetuate the illusion of a Black and White society, I find it such an injustice that people who present as 100% White but, acc. to their DNA makeup are not, are allowed to pass, with all the entitlements, while people who present as Black, despite multiracial makeup (incl. 50/50 Black/White), are given the hush-your-mouth look or chastised outright.

    Sometimes what people believe they are not empowered to express in their lives plays out in public through remarks about celebs’ lives and attitudes. That’s my two cents anyway.

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