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Kim Kardashian grew up in a world filled with money, mansions and play dates with Paris Hilton.
"Famous for being famous," Kim was known for being attorney Robert Kardashian's daughter and a socialite. That is, until her reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, premiered.
From a fixture on the club scene to reality star to entrepreneur, Kim has proven that she isn't just a pretty face. Here's how she got there.
Maureen Donaldson/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesSoon after mom Kris Jenner divorced dad Robert Kardashian (who later died of esophageal cancer in 2003), Kris remarried Olympian Bruce Jenner. Sporting denim duds, Kim smiled alongside her siblings Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Robert Kardashian, and her step-siblings Brandon Jenner, Burton Jenner, Brody Jenner and Cassandra Jenner, for a stylish Kardashian-Jenner family photo in 1991.
Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImageIs it possible that Kim never had an awkward phase? The 14-year-old is a teenage beauty during a family outing for the Cinderella video release party on Oct. 2, 1995.
J. Vespa/WireImageBy 2005, Kim was already married and divorced. She eloped with music producer Damon Thomas in 2000, keeping it a secret from her family. After four years of marriage, the couple went through a messy divorce. In this pic, Kim and Kourtney turned heads at E! Entertainment Television's Summer Splash Event in Hollywood on Aug. 1, 2005.
Jason Merritt/FilmMagicKim was hired to be a stylist for singer Brandy (which is how she met her ex-boyfriend, Ray J) and later Lindsay Lohan. This allowed Kim, Kourtney and Khloe to open their first store, Dash, in Calabasas, Calif. Kim flaunted her famous figure on the red carpet of the PlayStation 3 launch in L.A. on Nov. 6, 2006.
Jeff Vespa/WireImageThe year 2007 was filled with both happiness and embarrassment for the starlet. After rumors of a sex tape involving Kim and Ray J surfaced, the video eventually made its way to the Internet. The tape, in some ways, was a blessing in disguise for Kim: She landed an E! reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, documenting the life of her and her family. (Kim is pictured at the series premiere of the reality show in West Hollywood on Oct. 9, 2007.) Later in the year, Kim bared it all for Playboy.
Courtesy of Kim Kardashian/InstagramKim took on a new role in 2008 -- dancer! The reality star teamed up with pro Mark Ballas on Dancing with the Stars. Unfortunately, Kim didn't shake her famous booty for long, because she was eliminated after only a few dances.
Johnny Nunez/WireImageThe Kardashian sisters went through major life changes in 2009. After a whirlwind courtship, Khloe married NBA player Lamar Odom. Kourtney and boyfriend Scott Disick welcomed their first child, Mason. And Kim kept herself as busy as ever with her new fragrance. Despite the whirlwind year, the sisters made time for each other at a pre-Grammy party in Westwood, Calif. on Feb 9, 2009.
Denise Truscello/WireImageDating on and off since 2007, Kim and NFL player Reggie Bush (pictured here at the Queen of Hearts Ball in Las Vegas on Feb. 13, 2010) called it quits for good. After their split, Kim was linked to NFL player Miles Austin and Halle Berry's ex, Gabriel Aubry.
Courtesy of People MagazineFairy tale wedding! After dating for six months, basketball player Kris Humphries proposed to Kim with a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring. After accepting his proposal, the couple tied the knot on Aug. 20, 2011 in front of 440 guests. After only 72 days of marriage, Kim divorced Kris, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Steve Granitz/WireImageSingle and ready to mingle! Kim showed a touch of class at a pre-Grammys party in Beverly Hills on Feb. 11, 2012. In April of that year, Kim was linked to rapper and longtime friend Kanye West.
New year, new beginnings! Kim ended 2012 by confirming that she and West were expecting a child. "It's true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby," she wrote on her blog. "We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us." On June 15, Kim welcomed North West into the world. Just four months after the birth of their daughter, Kim and Kanye steamed up Paris fashion week in chic black ensembles on Sept 29.
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