Will This Finally Get Kim Kardashian the Respect She Craves?

Kim Kardashian has been a pop culture icon for more than 10 years now. She initially rose to fame as a reality starlet with an infamous sex tape. Though, these days Kardashian is also known for creating a business empire.

However, Kardashian’s fame has not necessarily given her a lot of respect. Her image is often criticized, and she has been called a celebrity who is only “famous for being famous” with no apparent talent.

Yet, Kardashian has been trying to improve her image a lot lately and something big could soon happen to her brand. Will this actually help her get the respect she so craves? Let’s take a look at what we know.

Kim Kardashian has been trying to distance herself from her past

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Although Kardashian is still very much a part of Keeping Up With the Kardashians — the show that defines her career — it seems she has been trying to change her focus from being a reality TV personality to becoming something else.

Earlier this year, Kardashian announced that she had been working to help free inmates from prison and push for criminal justice reform. Additionally, she also shared that she is currently studying to become a lawyer.

In an interview with Vogue Arabia a few months ago, Kardashian revealed that in about 10 years, she is looking “to give up being Kim K and just focus on this and be an attorney and fight for so many deserving people.”

Kim Kardashian could become a billionaire soon

Aside from trying to become a lawyer, Kardashian also dedicates a lot of time to her businesses. Most notably, KKW Beauty and SKIMS Solutionwear. Both of these companies have been extremely successful, though SKIMS Solutionwear has been making headlines recently.

The new shapewear line launched a few months ago, and its products have been selling out like crazy. TMZ wrote: “Kim’s massive restock release on [Nov. 20] was actually more successful than the initial launch … netting millions in just minutes.”

Thanks to the huge profit Kardashian has made with her two businesses, it has been said that Kardashian is well on her way to becoming a billionaire soon. Earlier this year, her younger sister, Kylie Jenner, was named the youngest self-made billionaire. Now it looks like Kardashian could become the second person in her family to have a net worth with 10 digits.

Will the billionaire status give Kim Kardashian respect?

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With the success of KKW Beauty and SKIMS Solutionwear, it seems that Kardashian is proving that she is a real businesswoman. Though, it’s not clear whether being a billionaire could give her respect or not.

For one thing, it did not seem to make much of a difference in how Jenner is perceived. While Jenner’s beauty company, Kylie Cosmetics, has received praise in the beauty industry, a lot of people still consider Jenner’s success just a byproduct of her being raised in a rich and famous family. As such, she is still generally looked at as a reality TV star, not as an admirable businesswoman.

It’s likely that Kardashian will share the same fate if she does become a billionaire. Granted, Kardashian is different than her sister in that she did not grow up famous and had to work her way through Hollywood to make a name for herself. However, her image is still that of a reality TV star who leverages her name to sell products, so it will be a while before the general public considers Kardashian to be on the same level as other successful businesswomen.

That said, while her businesses might not give her much respect, there is a chance that being a lawyer might. Right now, a lot of onlookers do not seem to believe Kardashian can pass the California bar exam, which is known for being extremely difficult.

But, if she is successful, it could bring her a massive amount of respect even from those who originally disliked her.