Ten years ago this week, Kim Kardashian and Ray J's sex tape leaked, and it's safe to say that everything changed after that moment. Well, at least for Kim and her family. As far as the rest of us, we've felt the impact of the Kardashian-ification of America in more ways than one. In fact, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Kim Kardashian: Superstar, here are 11 ways the world has changed as a result of the skin flick...
Since Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007, the world of entertainment has seen an explosion in reality TV. From Shark Tank to The Voice to Love & Hip Hop, Kim and her family helped bring reality TV from guilty pleasure to mainstream entertainment, and it shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Social media has proven to be one of Kim's most valuable assets and she has managed to make news, and millions, by doing nothing more than posting selfies to her Instagram page. The trend has caught on to the point where in 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary named "selife" the word of the year. What other reality star can say they basically invented a word?
While her sex tape was Kim's true coming out party, she was first introduced to the world as a member of Paris Hilton's Beverly Hills entourage, when she worked as an assistant for the hotel heiress. Since Kim became a superstar (seemingly overnight), Paris took her L with grace and pretty much disappeared into relative anonymity. Apparently, there was some behind-the-scenes drama between the former friends, but they've since resolved it.
Many have called Donald Trump the "Reality TV President," as he also gained much of his fame and influence through his hit show, The Apprentice, and via his overworked Twitter fingers. Just as Kim dominates the 24-hour celebrity news cycle, Trump was able to dominate the 24-hour political news cycle throughout his campaign. Many believe that Kim proved the maxim that it is less important to be loved and more important to be talked about.
While there's nothing new about an appreciation for big derrieres, particularly in Black culture, Kim took the feature "mainstream" and appropriated it for profit. Celebrities like Heidi Montag, Iggy Azalea and Kim's own sister Kylie prove that (rumored) butt implants amongst white celebrities are certainly on the rise. In a study done of American women in 2015, there were 22,000 butt-focused procedures that year, a staggering 28 percent increase from the previous year.
When Kanye's College Dropout was released in 2004, he was lauded as one of the premier artistic and political voices not only in the Black community, but in the world. Since then, and especially since his marriage to Kim in 2014, we have seen Kanye become a tabloid sideshow, complete with public outbursts, meltdowns, and much more. In the words of his friend Donnie Trump: SAD!
For decades blonde was the most sought-after hair color of the Hollywood A-list and the fans that aspired to look like them. Thanks (in part) to Kim and her family, long, brunette locks made a major comeback. Of course, as soon as the world adapted, Kim switched it up on us and went platinum blonde, and then Cher-level straight. Can't keep up!
We've come a long way since Kim's nervous Playboy shoot during the first season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Thanks to Kim, nude is no longer taboo — and the more exposure, the better.
The Kardashian girls' affinity for athlete boyfriends means the mainstream public who couldn't tell a touchdown from a layup now knows more professional athletes' names than ever before. James Harden, Miles Austin, Reggie Bush, Lamar Odom, Kris Humphries and more will be able to cash in on their Kardashian connections for years to come.
Remember when braiding hair into narrow strips close to the scalp was called "cornrows"? Like, for decades? Well, since Kim decided to appropriate the style that Black men and women have worn for generations, she rebranded it as "boxer braids." And did you know that several women's magazines called "boxer braids" the biggest hair trend of 2016? Sigh...
It is hard to underestimate how much of her career Kim owes to her sex tape, so it comes as no surprise that many other D-list celebrities, reality stars, socialites and regular folks have tried her business model out for themselves. Farrah Abraham and Mimi Faust are just two of the stars that tried to turn a skin flick into mega $$$ like Kim.
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