On August 20, 2011, in a swirl of media frenzy, Kim married NBA play Kris Humphries after the two had only been dating for less than a year.
Everything about the occasion was suspect starting with the fact that the wedding would be filmed for a televised special.
In a crafty move, Kardashian activated his dormant license to practice law, which allowed him to join Simpson's defense team, and more importantly, prevented him from being called to testify against Simpson. Well, that's how America learned the Kardashian name, one they soon wouldn't forget.
In the early 2000s, Kim launched a career working as a stylist, assistant, and personal shopper for such famous celebrities as Cindy Crawford, Selena Williams, Lindsay Lohan, Brandy, and Paris Hilton.
And while Hilton claims she never personally profited directly from the tape, and seems to have genuinely never wanted it to be released, there's no doubt it dramatically increased her star profile in the public eye.
It was an unusual formula to say the least, and it'd be risky move to try and duplicate the results.
It was practically the only thing on her resume at the time.
You don't have any — forgive me — any talent," the veteran reporter once famously asked the family.
Or at least that how Kim sold her former life in interviews.
In reality, Kim mostly cleaned the stars' overflowing closets, but that didn't stop her from trying to get close to her famous clients and scoring invites to the Hollywood social scene.
For a brief while, Kim and Paris Hilton became joined at the hip despite the fact that Kim was technically Hilton's employee.
In late 2003, a private video of Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon was leaked exactly one week before the premiere of Hilton's new reality show , making it an instant hit.