Kim Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian, October 21, 1980) is an American reality television personality, socialite, businesswoman and model. Kardashian first gained media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, but received wider notice after a 2003 sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J was leaked in 2007. Later that year, she and her family began to appear in the E! Network’s reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success soon led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami in addition to various business ventures. Kardashian’s personal life soon became subject to widespread media attention.
Kardashian was born on October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, to parents Robert and Kris (née Houghton). She has an older sister Kourtney, a younger sister Khloé, and a younger brother Rob.Their mother is of Dutch, English, Irish and Scottish ancestry,while their father was a third-generation Armenian American. After their parents divorced in 1991, her mother married again that year, to Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce[A]), the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon winner.Through their marriage, Kardashian gained step-brothers Burton “Burt”, Brandon, and Brody; step-sister Casey; and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
As a teenager, she attended Marymount High School, a Roman Catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles.In 1994, her father represented football player O. J. Simpson during his murder trial. Simpson is Kim Kardashian’s godfather.Kim’s father died in 2003 of cancer. In 2000, 19-year-old Kardashian eloped with music producer Damon Thomas.Thomas filed for divorce in 2003. Kardashian later credited their separation to physical and emotional abuse on his part.During this time, Kardashian was also the close friend and stylist of socialite Paris Hilton, through whom she first garnered media attention.Prior to the completion of her divorce, Kardashian began dating singer Ray J.