Kardashian’s hubby Lamar Odom was traded by the Lakers this weekend to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million. Many have criticized Odom for mixing Sport and Entertainment as he starred in the couples E! show “Khloe and Lamar” this past year. Kobe Bryant had many positive things to say about him: “You’re talking about the sixth man of the year last year,” Bryant said of Odom. “He played lights-out. I don’t understand the criticism of reality shows and this. I don’t get that. He had his best season last year, clearly wasn’t a distraction, played his (rear) off. I don’t get where that comes from.” Many were joking on social networks that the Kardashians were the reason the deal was on hold when it was first revealed Thursday. Khloe tells a Twitter follower, “”We are all sad but positive energy gets you farther then negative”. Can a Kardashian thrive anywhere other than LA or NYC!? Looks like we will find out!
Farrah Abraham, from MTV’s show “Teen Mom,” expressed her views on Kourtney Kardashian’s second pregnancy with Scott Disick via Twitter. However, her bashing on Kardashian and Disick resulted in the Kardashians fighting back.
After being slammed by Kourtney, Scott and Khloe Kardashian, Farrah attempted at an apology by saying, “4 all who mistunderstood: regards to kourtney K.~I hope she takes her relationship w/her boyfriend more serious 4 their children-takecare.”
“In the world of celebrity, the hierarchy of publicity has replaced the hierarchy of decent and even of great wealth.” -C. Wright Mills (73)
Think publicity and more than likely you will think Kardashians. The Kardashians, yes every single one of them, have had more publicity than probably any other public figure in the last two years. They are everywhere-gracing the covers of magazines, staring in popular reality television shows, putting out clothing lines, and scents, you name it! They are an empire that just keeps growing. Kourtney has recently confirmed the news of another baby, just as the news of Kim’s divorce to basketball star dies down. They are full of publicity stunts, and you better believe that this is just the beginning. Younger step-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner are making their way into the limelight and I’m sure it won’t be long until they fall right into the footsteps of their older sisters, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim! Their publicity is causing them to become the epitome of the word celebrity.
Earlier this year, the three oldest Kardashian sisters introduced a clothing line to Sears titled the Kardashian Kollection. The trio now plans to expand their empire to bathroom, bedroom, living room, and kitchen products. Apparently they plan on having their logo on everything from bath towels to window blinds!
“This world is at once the pinnacle of the prestige system and a big-scale business. As a business, the networks of mass communication, publicity, and entertainment are not only the means whereby celebrities are celebrated; they also select and create celebrities for a profit.” -C. Wright Mills
The Kardashian sisters (Kim, Kourtney and Khole) raked in a mere $65 million last year, which will seem like nothing after what they make this year; especially after their profits from their new Kardashian Kollection at Sears. They even plan to open up the Kardashian Kollection worldwide, inlcuding Italy and Australia. Some other things the sisters have under their belts: many different perfumes, Dash stores, K-Dash for QVC, Belle Noel jewelry, and a nail polish line with OPI…just to name a few.
The Kardashians are everywhere! This month, the three celeb sisters will not only be on one, but three different covers of Lucky. Kim, Kourt and Khloe will each be featured on their own cover of the magazine that you will be able to pick up in stores on October 11th. It’s crazy to think how these three sisters are always gracing the front page of popular publications such as Lucky, Glamour, Cosmo, etcetera- just because their famous! Once again reinstating what C. Wright Mills mentioned in his book The Celebrities, “There is no doubt that it is enormously more important to one’s prestige to have one’s picture on the cover of a truly big national magazine than in the society column of any newspaper in America or even ten of them.”
In his book The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills stated, “…the panic for status has become a professional craving; their very image of self is dependent upon publicity, and they need increasing doses of it. Often they seem to have celebrity and nothing else. Rather than being celebrated because they occupy positions of prestige, they occupy positions of prestige because they are celebrated.” Perfect example? The Kardashians. Kim, Kourtney and Khole seem to have it all. But how did they get there?
It seems like they popped up out of no where a few years ago when Ryan Seacrest’s show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” aired. Little did America know it would turn into a phenomenon. Some people had heard of the family due to their father, Robert Kardashian, who was one of the main attorneys in the O.J. Simpson trial. Or maybe it had to do with their step-dad, Bruce Jenner, who’s an American Olympic star. Or maybe it was because of Kim’s sex tape with then boyfriend, R&B singer Ray-J.
Now the Kardashians are everywhere. Walk in to Sears and you’ll see the Kardashian Kollection. Go on Twitter and all three of the sisters will blow up your news feed with irrelevant tweets, such as what shoes they’re wearing that day. You might say, “who the heck cares?!” But clearly some people do, since Kim has well over 10 million followers, which is only a little shy of the followers on President Barack Obama’s official Twitter page. The sisters are all over your television. As if “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” wasn’t enough, E! created some spin-off shows including “Koutney and Khloe Take Miami,” “Kourtney and Khole Take New York,” “Khloe and Lamar,” and coming this October will be a special dedicated to Kim’s wedding this past summer to NBA star Kris Humphries. The Kardashians are at every award show, on several talk shows, always on the cover of magazines, and star in commercials with major brands such as Sketchers ShapeUps and Quick Trim.
If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” you’ll notice that the girls (especially Kim) are always doing some photo shoot. But to go along with what Mills said many years ago, the girls are not famous because they’re models- they’re models because they’re famous.