The daughter of one of O.J. Simpson‘s head trial lawyers, Robert Kardashian, Kim Kardashian first hit the scene as one of Paris Hilton‘s party pals. The socialite, born October 21, 1980, became known outside the gossip circuit when a pornographic video of her and then-boyfriend, rapper Ray J, appeared on the internet in 2006.
In 2007, Kim — along with sisters Kourtney and Khloé, brother Rob, mom Kris Jenner, stepfather formerly known as Bruce Jenner, who publicly transitioned to Caitlyn Jenner in 2015 and stepsisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner — became the subject of a new E! reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The show launched the family into extraordinary fame as it delved into their personal lives and chronicled the sisters’ work on their co-owned clothing store, Dash. Kim and her family quickly became household names with social media followings in the multimillions. In 2015, she published a coffee-table book of her selfies, titled Selfish.
The television show also famously documents the Kardashians’ love lives. After relationships with NFL star Reggie Bush and NBA player Kris Humphries, to whom she was married for 72 days, Kardashian married rapper Kanye West in 2014. The couple, known as “Kimye,” have three children together, daughter North West (born in June 2013), son Saint West (born in December 2015) and daughter Chicago West (born January 18, via surrogate).