By Kate Van Wagoner
Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous. How is it that the Kardashian name is so well-known all over the world for the sole reason to entertain audiences without a significant talent-or is the talent itself the ability to make an empire off of the public eye? Kris Humphries, an NBA player, helped boost the family fame in his 72-day marriage to Kardashian.
Kardashian began dating Humphries October 2010. They became engaged May 2011, and married Aug 20, 2011, in Montecito, Cali. After 72 days of marriage, Kardashian filed divorce on Oct 31, 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. It was an unnecessary rushed wedding. The unexpected divorce had the public including me, questioning if this wedding was a hoax or not.
It was a publicity stunt. If anything, I give credit to them both. Bad publicity for not marrying someone for the right reason will blow over. However, the money and camera time they both received is exactly what celebrities are after. It was great for ratings and the wedding brought in millions.
Kardashian’s wedding featured a $2.5 million, 65-carat sparkling diamond headpiece by Lorraine Schwartz; a $2 million, 20.5-carat diamond engagement ring; and 28-carat diamond earrings worth $5 million. All told, she was wearing well over $10 million worth of jewelry on her big day. Not to mention the $150,000 she spent on hair and makeup that day.
Kardashian may have upset her loyal fans but she did exactly what she needed to do to take the negative spotlight away and make it positive. Kardashian donated all of her wedding gifts to charity.
It is incredible to see the money Kardashian made off of this wedding. Besides the reported $2.5 million she got from People, Kardashian is said to have made between $12 and $15 million for the E! TV special. She also reportedly banked hundreds of thousands of dollars for selling exclusive rights to her engagement announcement, bridal shower and bachelorette party.
Why do people care do much about other people’s lives? Being on television you have to know that you will be criticized. Your every move will be watched but if anything the Kardashian network skyrocketed and that is what being a celebrity is all about.
The New York Times calculated that the couple made $10,358.80 per hour of marriage. Pure genius.
By Kate Van Wagoner