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GLANCING down at my notebook, I steeled myself. I’ve interviewed countless celebrities during my career, but Americans are often the toughest to crack.
Yet here I was about to ask Kim Kardashian about her sex tape and failed marriage to first husband, Damon Thomas.
Kim eloped with the music producer when she was 19 and, before the divorce was finalised four years later, she’d shot a sex tape with US rapper Ray J.
The Kim I was now chatting to had been catapulted to fame after the saucy footage was leaked. So, any regrets?
Dodging the question, Kim smiled and said she didn’t believe in regrets.
She politely signalled that I move on, so I asked what she thought of Damon calling her a “fame whore”.
She replied: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
"The worst misconception about me is that I’m famous for being famous. But you can see how hard-working I am.”
When news broke that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is set to end after 20 seasons, the anti-Kim brigade got out the bunting.
Over the past decade, people have taken to boasting that they have never seen an episode of the show.
I once found myself in front of a fellow expectant mum at an antenatal class who moaned about the girls in her office watching KUWTK.
Moments later, she asked what I did for a living. “I write about the Kardashians,” I said, proudly.
Kim has come under attack by the feminism police – so much so, that in 2016 she insisted she wasn’t a feminist.
But as far as I’m concerned she is a brilliant role model.
Sure, her stardom was sparked by that sex tape, but Kim put herself in the driving seat.
After filing a lawsuit against the pornographic production company, she reportedly agreed to an estimated $5million payout and allowed the firm to distribute it.
Kim and her family were criticised for using the tape to publicise KUWTK, which premiered just months later, but it was a smart move.
Straight off the bat, Kim was given an instant boost above her sisters – Khloé and Kourtney – and she didn’t waste the opportunity.
While many of her reality counterparts were busy selling their souls and #ad-ing naff velour sofas, Kim remained selective and has amassed an estimated $900million.
Kim has walked down the aisle twice more since I met her.
Her marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries lasted just 72 days, but she and Kanye have gone the distance.
She knows that her personal life is part of the job and a lot can be said for her honesty. How many women took comfort in hearing how difficult she found pregnancy?
Kim has also spoken about her anxiety and depression battles and the unexpected mental challenges she faced after turning to surrogacy.
Arguably, Kim’s most impressive achievement is that she is currently training to be a lawyer.
Following in the footsteps of her late father Robert, she is due to qualify after KUWTK ends and is already changing people’s lives for the better.
Working in the area of prison reform, in 2018 Kim successfully pushed US President Donald Trump to pardon prisoner Alice Marie Johnson.
The 63-year-old great-grandmother was serving a life sentence without parole for a non-violent drug-related crime.
The main bone of contention haters seem to have with Kim is that she has used her body to raise her profile. Yes, she has bared all for Playboy and Paper magazine, but she’s done it on her terms.
If Kim wants to balance a martini glass on her derrière, who are we to criticise? Because, doing things on your own terms is exactly what feminism is all about.
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