She has become a household name who can’t go anywhere without her photograph being taken.
But Kim Kardashian, 40, reflected on a time where she was known as Paris Hilton’s stylist or the girlfriend of Ray-J in that infamous sex tape, as she spoke candidly about her once ‘super desperate’ attempts to be photographed.
The now billionaire humbly admitted on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians reunion that she used to frequent areas where the paparazzi lingered and did ‘anything’ she could to draw attention to herself — even if it meant unnecessary stops.
Wish granted! Kim Kardashian, 40, reflected on her days pre-fame and admitted to being ‘super desperate’ to have her photograph taken by paparazzi on the KUWTK reunion
Smells like desperation! Before the reality show launched her to fame coupled with that infamous sex tape, the former stylist of Paris Hilton would seek out areas where the paparazzi hung out; pictured 2010
While sitting down with host Andy Cohen the family were asked to reflect on a time before they were famous and what things they missed most, to which Kim said she longed for mundane activities like grocery runs without being noticed.
When sister Khloe Kardashian brought up a time pre-paparazzi, the SKIMS founder was prompted to recall her once desperate attempts at fame before the family’s E! show launched her to fame.
Speaking of knowing the paparazzi’s exact locations she confessed: ‘I knew exactly where they were, if you wanted to be seen,’ but maintained that she never called them on herself.
‘Anytime I got hair and makeup for the show, there was no way I was going home and washing it off,’ she said of KUWTK glam, which then prompted her to detail some very thirsty moments in her life.
Rare appearance: The now mega reality star is seen at a 2006 party for Kimora Lee Simmons
Afterthought: She was widely known for being the hotel heiress’ wing woman who she later said taught her how to handle fame and life in the spotlight
Swarmed: Just years after the reality show hit the air in 2007 she became one of the most photographed and talked about women in Hollywood; pictured 2013
‘I would stop off at Robertson. I would stop off at The Ivy and would pick up some something to go- even if it was just some bread to go. Anything! An empty bag!’
‘I would run in and pretend like I left something, like ‘Hi, did I leave my glasses here?’, she shared, which sent her into a fit of laughter.
Looking back on that time she said in retrospect she can laugh about it now and owned being ‘super desperate.’
‘I think I can talk about it because it’s so funny. I think people need to be more honest about those moments in life when you’re just super desperate and want that.’
Laughing about it: The SKIMS founder said that she can laugh about it now
Settling in: The now billionaire has made a name for herself despite critics previously saying she was ‘just famous for being famous’; pictured February 2020
Though she ran in celebrity circles and was a known face on the party circuit in Los Angeles, her sex tape with Ray-J helped propel her image independent from her posse.
And on the reunion she also said that she does believe her adult video tape helped get eyes on the family’s E! show which first aired in 2007.
When Cohen asked: ‘Do you feel that the show would have had its massive initial success without the publicity that surrounded the sex tape?,’ Kim admitted, ‘Looking back, probably not.’
She added she wishes she could erase it, despite her fame. ‘I try not to have any regrets, but it’s probably the one thing I wish didn’t exist. If I could erase any of the stupid things that I’ve done in life, that’s probably it.’
High profile: She continued to secure her spot in Hollywood after marrying Kanye West and having four children together; pictured February 2020
Sex tape fame: On the reunion Kim confessed that she does believe her infamous adult video tape helped get eyes on the family’s E! show which first aired in 2007
And after the show’s enduring success she traded in one high profile relationship for another, marrying NBA player Kris Humphries in 2011, before filing for divorce after just 72 days.
From there she went on to marry one of — if not — the largest rapper in the world Kanye West who she confessed would ‘always be family,’ despite their ongoing divorce.
With help from momager Kris Jenner she parlayed her reality show fame into a series of lucrative businesses including SKIMS and KKW Beauty which recently earned her a seat at the billionaires table.
But despite having more fame than one could ever dream of she did say that she now values ‘privacy,’ and would ‘absolutely’ consider dating a non-famous person in the future.
‘Absolutely. Just someone that’s, you know, I think would understand what this life is about, though. But I think what I was looking for and who I was, you know, years ago is completely different than who I am today. And I value privacy, and I just want something that’s, like, really real,’ she shared.
Privacy: The mom of four now says she values ‘privacy’ over everything and would consider dating someone not famous in the future