Kimberly Kathleen Kardashian was born October 21,1980, in Los Angeles, California. The daughter of O.J. Simpson’s trial lawyer, Robert Kardashian, she and her siblings grew up in a world of immense privilege. They attended the best schools, they ate at the finest restaurants and they wore the latest designer fashions.
They also mingled with some of the world’s most recognizable celebrities and Kim soon developed an intimate bond with fellow celebutant Paris Hilton, whom she befriended in LA’s notorious party scene. Although Paris may have helped to raise Kim’s public profile, the Hilton heiress is far from the only A-lister in Kim’s Rolodex. Over the past five years, Kim Kardashian has also been romantically linked with pop star Nick Lachey, rapper The Game, actor Nick Cannon, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and R&B producer Damon Thomas, to whom she was married from 2000 until 2004. However, it has been her relationship with ex-boyfriend Ray J, an R&B artist, which has attracted the most attention.
The pair’s infamous coupling went under the microscope where the tabloid press began reporting that one of their private sex tapes had been leaked. Although Kim at first denied the video’s existence, the tape’s validity was later confirmed when it was sold to porn purveyor Vivid Video for the lofty sum of $1 million.
Although some suspect that Kim may have been responsible for leaking the video herself, she remained steadfast that she has been uninvolved in its sale and distribution. "Everyone is pretty disappointed and very confused as to what's going on and who's behind this," she has said. "We're just going to get to the bottom of this and do whatever we have to do to stop it." Kim has also made it abundantly clear that she doesn’t suspect her ex-boyfriend was involved. "I've always said I don't think this would be something that he would do for some reason to spite me," she said.
In addition to her burgeoning “film” career, Kim is also a part-owner of Dash, a Calabasas, California-based clothing store which she operates with her sisters Kourtney and Khloe. “We all have very different styles, so it’s a collaboration of all of our tastes put together!” she explains.