What Does Kim Kardashian Actually Do for a Living?

While it feels like Kim Kardashian has been famous forever, many people don’t know exactly what Kim K. does for a living. There are plenty of fans who catch her on Keeping Up With the Kardashians every week.

But the affluent reality star has a lot more going on in her life than appearing in one of the most popular reality shows of all time.

It all started with a sex tape

Kim Kardashian
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The Kardashian family was already in headlines thanks to the late patriarch of the family. Why? Robert Kardashian was the lawyer responsible for repping O.J. during his murder trial.

With the trial being as polarizing as it was, it’s no surprise the publicity thrust the family into the spotlight. At the time, Kim Kardashian was just a teen, 15 years old to be exact. It was this exposure that inspired the now top-notch reality star to study law.

While the trial made Kardashian a household name, it wasn’t the claim to fame for Kim. Instead, the leaked sex tape with her ex-beau Ray J would be the key to starting her career in Hollywood. That’s despite her already rubbing shoulders with Paris Hilton in the public eye!

The tape, which was recorded in 2003, suddenly made its way on the circuit in February 2007. Coincidentally that was the same year KUWTK debuted.

A look at ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’

People can argue all day about whether or Kris Jenner leaked the Kim/Ray J sex tape on purpose. No matter what the reality, the buzz it generated boosted visibility for KUWTK. The show premiered just eight months after the leak. Just enough time for the shock to wear off but for the K-name to still be relevant in households worldwide. 

Since its humble beginnings, the show has amassed seventeen seasons, a dedicated fanbase, and several accolades including People’s Choice and Teen Choice Awards. It even won an MTV Movie + TV Award just last year for Best Reality TV/Franchise.

Kardashian doesn’t just make money as an actress on the show. She has a lot more going for her (including other TV appearances).

Kim Kardashian is an entrepreneur

Kardashian completely understands what it means to hustle. In June of this year, she launched the much-anticipated shapewear line — Kimono. Sadly critics weren’t thrilled as they felt the line disrespected Japanese culture. Kim agreed to change the name, but that’s no biggie, she has a slew of other projects that have gone by without a hitch. 

Her younger sis Kylie is the youngest billionaire ever thanks to the success of her cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics. She wasn’t the first Kardashian-Jenner to enter the fray though. Kim started her Kardashian Beauty cosmetics line first. She even has a mobile game under her belt, one that paid $71.8 million in revenue in 2015 alone.

She also makes money as a model and influencer

With the face of an angel and body that Kim has worked hard to maintain, its no surprise that she also makes money from her looks. A peek at her Instagram shows post dedicated to KKW, her beauty brand, family snaps, amazing selfies, and of course pro pictures from her modeling gigs. Just a few weeks ago she landed the cover spot for Vogue Japan. It’s important to note that this is far from her first time gracing the cover of the well-established magazine.

With so much buzz surrounding her, Kim also makes money as an influencer. Her colossal following and established street-cred make her a perfect pick. Throughout her career, she’s been an ambassador for trendy names like Hype Energy and Sugar Bear Hair. She even took home the CFDA Influencer Award this year.

At the end of the day, she’s also a mom

The fashion-forward beauty mogul is doing everything she can to expand her empire. She dabbles in fashion, cosmetics, mobile apps, modeling, influencing, acting, law, and more.

But despite the full working schedule, there is one job she always makes time for  — parenting. Since Kardashian has been taking over the media ever since KUWTK debuted, it’s easy to forget she has four adorable kids and a doting husband at home! This Kardashian sister is really a force to behold.