Time has released its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and it includes Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian, who is profiled by Martha Stewart.
The magazine asked other famous, influential people to write brief pieces explaining why the honorees are so influential. Thus we get Jack Nicholson on Lorne Michaels and Ewan McGregor on Serial host Sarah Koenig, among many interesting profiles.
Kim appears on the “Titans” list of the Time 100 along with Kanye West, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Koch brothers, and Fed chair Janet Yellen, among others. The Apprentice: Martha Stewart star and Justin Bieber roaster Martha Stewart was asked to explain Kim, and she wrote 192 words. She tries to answer these three very important questions–“Why? Why? Why?”–like this:
“Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness. But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings—shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch—have also expanded the very definition of family.
The Kardashians are a totally modern construct. They are a blended family, of Armenian descent, with biracial pairings (Kim is married to Kanye West) and a reportedly transgender parent. They work hard, and they stick together through thick and thin.
Despite the flamboyance, the self-aggrandizement and the self-promotion (Kim set out to break the Internet by baring her bum in an extraordinary photograph), Kim comes across as an enviable big sister in a clan where everyone seems to love one another. Are they indeed today’s Brady Bunch?”
I don’t know if Kim Kardashian is explainable or understandable, but I’m also not sure her physical appearance and being a part of a family is sufficient. Her fame and popularity is interesting but also far more complicated.