Why are the Kardashians famous
The Kardashians are an Armenian American family, based in Los Angeles, California. Although the younger members of the family are now household names in the United States, it was the late father, attorney Robert Kardashian, who first appeared regularly on our television screens owing to his long friendship with disgraced football ace O. J. Simpson.
Robert Kardashian was a friend of Simpson’s since the 1970s and stood by Simpson throughout his high profile murder trial. Although Kardashian let his license to practice lapse prior to the Simpson murder case in the mid-90s, he re-enabled it to work as a voluntary member of Simpson’s legal team, and was often seen sitting by Simpson’s side during court proceedings. Kardashian also, notably, read a letter to waiting media following when Simpson failed to turn himself in, in 1994.
The tremors emanating from the high profile court case continued in the media but eventually petered out. Robert Kardashian passed away in 2003, aged 59, following a battle against oesophageal cancer.
Following an amicable split in 1991, Kardashian’s former wife, Kris Houghton, married former Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner. By 2007, the Kardashian offspring were busy establishing their media careers. It was eldest daughter and long-time friend of socialite Paris Hilton, Kim, who next came to the attention of the world’s media. In 2007, a tape showing her having sex with California-based rap star Ray J first appeared on the Internet. The ensuing melee between Kardashian and the porn-house Vivid Entertainment over the ownership of the tape assured much media and Internet exposure. Eventually, it is said, Kardashian agreed to settle out of court for a sum of around $5 million.
Later that year, on 14th October, American TV station E! premièred “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, a reality TV series following the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family. The first season featured 8 Sunday night shows and reportedly raked in 13 million viewers within its first month on air. The show documents the lives of the Kardashian-Jenner family as they deal with the ups and downs of daily living, along with numerous scares and surprises. Following the success of the opening season, E! Aired the 10-show season two in 2008, season three in the spring of 2009 and season four between November 2008 and February 2010.
In addition to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim has put her intrinsic talents to good use in other areas. She posed nude for the December 2007 issue of Playboy magazine, and clinched several modelling deals, notably for Bongo Jeans. In 2008, she continued her acting career in Disaster Movie and later appeared in long-running television series, How I Met Your Mother. She also appeared in the 2008 ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars, finishing a commendable 11th. In 2009, Kim made a guest appearance in the popular crime show CSI:NY.
Like her sisters, Kim is also involved in numerous other ventures, including a workout video and a perfume named Kim Kardashian. The Kardashian sisters are co-owners of D-A-S-H boutique in Calabasas, California.