And so, with a hashtag — and the corresponding Forbes cover — Kim Kardashian silenced her haters until they could find something else to get mad at her for. And the rest of us rejoiced.
But let’s start here: yesterday, Forbes magazine unveiled its cover for the July 26 issue, and on it was Kim Kardashian West: Mobile Mogul. The image was accompanied by a feature inside (duh) that detailed how the businesswoman capitalized on our voyeuristic tendencies by repeatedly putting herself out there — particularly in video game form. (Because hands up if Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ruled your life throughout the summers of 2014 and 2015, respectively.)
“When people looked at me in a way like, ‘Why is she stepping into the tech world? That’s not her territory! Stick to reality TV!’ I was like, ‘No,'” she says in the piece. “This is fun for me. Now I’m coming up with Kimojis and the app and all these other ideas. I don’t see myself stopping.”
And HYFR, thank you very much. Because why should she stop? Since dropping that infamous sex tape a decade ago (get over it, you weirdos), Kim Kardashian West has proven over and over how smart, focused, dedicated, and unfuckwithable she is. And yet, here she is, citing her critics who claim she has absolutely no talent — despite being on the cover of this and every other magazine.
Which we know is not true. First, the idea of being “on” enough to film a reality show makes me want to curl up into a ball and roll into the sea. Second, it takes dedication to maintain a brand (which Kim excels at), and even more to capitalize on and monetize said brand in the way we’ve seen in her tech work. I know I can’t do what Kim Kardashian West has (I have drive, but not that much), and yet we still sling vitriol her way, believing that her sexual past makes her less than.
It doesn’t. I loved Kim’s hater call-out, but at the same time it made me sad that this ACTUAL MOGUL still had to call out haters in general despite her career running circles around them. And truthfully, I’ve never heard a smart, thoughtful person talk shit about Kim’s career or work ethic, regardless of their feelings about her personally. It’s common knowledge at this point: the woman has talent, the woman is smart, the woman knows how to play the game. And frankly, to deny those things not only fails to take away from Kim’s merit, but makes whoever’s saying it look weak and embarrassing.
Especially since we all know that if Kim were a man, she’d heralded as a goddamn hero.