Seeing Kim Kardashian on the cover of September's Allure magazine stopped me in my tracks. What has Kim Kardashian done to merit appearing on the cover of a national magazine? She doesn't act, sing, model (too short to be a real model), or by any other appearance do anything that requires any brains or talent. From what I can tell, she just shows up at a lot of parties and premieres and lets a camera follow her around for Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
In the article, Kim talks about her new $4 million dollar home. Apparently sex tapes and reality television pay more than I thought. More baffling is that all of this came about through the release of a sex tape. Prior to 2007, no one knew or cared who Kim Kardashian was. Now she's being featured on the cover of a national fashion magazine for doing nothing more than having sex with her boyfriend in front of a video camera and allowing cameras to follow her around all day. No wonder Montana Fishburne seems to think that releasing a sex tape is a good career move.
There was a time when a person had to do something in order to appear on a fashion magazine cover. There was also a time when a sex tape would have ruined lives rather than started careers. One wonders what Robert Kardashian would think about all of this if he were still alive. More bothersome are the constant "news" stories about the other Kardashian sisters. Kourtney and Khloe rode on Kim's sex tape coattails and landed their own reality show. Khloe later married a pro basketball player. The two younger girls, Kendall and Kylie, appear to be riding the train into attempted modeling careers. In short, this entire family is now "in the business" thanks to Kim's sex tape. Something about that just makes me feel dirty.
I find it so sad that these are the type of women who are getting the attention and headlines, while women like Danica McKellar and Natalie Portman are ignored. (Of course, it's possible they are both happy to be ignored.) I guess it's just easier to pander to the lowest common denominator.