The Kardashian Decade: How a Sex Tape Led to a Billion-Dollar Brand.
This is the pretty fantastic and unfortunately accurate title of a cover story by The Hollywood Reporter from August of 2017.
Indeed, Kim and company burst on to the celebrity gossip scene in 2007... and have been dominating nearly every conversation ever since.
How did they get here? What is the basis for the success? What sort of surprising facts and tidbits did this lengthy feature piece reveal?
Scroll down for some answers!
Before She Was a Star...
Kim tells the publication "I was going to [Pierce College], and after school I would go work the cash register at our store, Dash." This all changed when she was 27 years old.
Before There Was Ever Keeping Up with the Kardashians...
"We had talked to producers about doing a show about the three of us running the store, Dash, where Khloe and I would do the day-to-day, and Kim would come in as a stylist," Kourtney says. "It didn't go anywhere."
The Key to the Show's Success
"I sat everyone down and said, 'If we're going to do this, we have to be all in. We have to really be who we are.,'" says Kris.
Before Settling on a Title...
... E! tossed around ideas such as: The Kardashians: Krazy With a K; Living Kardashian; and Krazy Kardashians.
The First Viral Moment:
"The watercooler chatter from the first episode was all about [9-year-old] Kylie jumping on a stripper pole," Kris now says. "Kim had one installed in my bedroom and our friend Robin Anton, who is the founder of The Pussycat Dolls, was just messing around, and Kylie hops up there, twirls around a couple times, and it became this thing."
Enter Social Media and... BOOM!
"There was barely Twitter when we started. [Ryan Seacrest] called Kim and said, "There's this thing called Twitter you might want to pay attention to." The girls [began] embracing their audience and sharing their lives," explains Kris.
Khloe's Big Regret
"I never wanted to do Khloe & Lamar [which ran for two seasons in 2011 and 2012]; my ex-husband did. He sold it to E!, and I let it happen because I wanted him to be happy. I was the one who canceled it. It was way too much."
The Kris Humphries Debacle
Kim married Kris Humphries on air and then filed for divorce 72 days later. She says here that nothing was scripted or staged: "Think about this realistically: If it was for the show don't you think we would have found someone that signed off? Someone OK with getting married and getting divorced two months later? If it's for a show don't you think you'd want as little legal trouble as possible? This was real emotions, real feelings. People fuck up."
Kendall Makes a Confession
"I'm the most private one. If there's a moment I don't want anyone to hear, I talk to myself or talk to someone in another room."
Kourtney Makes a Confession
"The hardest episode to film was my break-up with Scott [Disick]. I had a lot of anxiety about it, and finally said let's just get this over with. I sat down and started crying. You go through something, and then you move past it. Then you do your interview, and get all riled up again. And then you see the episode, and start seeing all these comments [on social media]."
Kim Makes a Confession
"The most difficult thing [to film] was probably Caitlyn's transition and just seeing my mom and Khloe having such a hard time. We never really edited content before, but we did edit a bit of Khloe's reaction just because she was so upset."
How Kim's Robbery Changed Everything
Says the victim herself: "This extra layer of security needed to happen. On social media, I'll never post something where I'm at home unless I know there's four to six security. We know when we're filming it doesn't air until months later, so we can share that and be free and always be who we are."
Kim's Big Regret:
"I definitely wish I didn't film so much pregnant. I looked like such a cow and I can't stand to see those episodes. I would say, "Try to film me more from chest up, so it looks better," but I look like a blob. I would have rather seen my belly and shot farther away."
When Might the Show End?
Says Kris: "When we first started, I jokingly said, "We'll be on season 32, Kylie gets married." I was kidding, and here we are, and it's season 14, so be careful what you wish for."