Kim Kardashian: A study in self-creation
I only became consciously aware of the person named Kim Kardashian about a year ago, at the time of her “marriage” (remember her marriage?) and its instant break-up. The thing that most struck me about her was her amazing hour-glass figure, so extreme it seemed like something out of ancient myth, and the inevitable question, was it real? Also her face seemed too smooth to be real. Then, last April or May, I saw this photo of her at the Daily Mail, was struck again by the astounding hourglass figure and wondered if it was real:
In the below photographs (which I saved to my computer last May, but am only posting now), we see how she changed by stages between 2006 and 2010. She started out as a pretty but unexceptional young woman with ethnic features. Then the breasts get noticeably larger, the nose gets a bit narrower, and the thick lips are thinned. (Instead of being happy with her fashionable Angelina Jolie-type thick lips she was moving in the opposite direction.) Presumably her buttocks and perhaps her hips were also being enhanced to create the extreme hourglass figure.
At this point she has been much changed, and is quite pretty, yet she still looks like a normal young woman. But that was not enough for Kardashian. As long as it still seemed that her face was a product of nature and heredity and had normal imperfections, she had not achieved her goal, which was that her face would be, and would seem to be, the product of nothing but her own will. At that time, which appears to be in late 2009 or 2010, her nose was radically thinned, and something was done with her eyes, making it look as though her cheeks went up in a smooth plane right to her lower eyelid, so that the normal bulge or curve of the lower eyeball/eyelid no longer appeared. This made her eyes appear as if they were cut out of her face, or as though she were a cat, a cat from Pharaonic Egypt. At this point she looked entirely artificial, but also, in a strange way, perfect, cosmetically perfect, consummately sleek. Especially with the radical thinning of her nose, her face was no longer the face she had inherited from her parents, it was a face that had been sculpted by herself. This is what she had been seeking. She had achieved her aim. Her face was now the product of her own desire and vision. Even her facial expression was changed in the post-2009 photographs, showing complete composure, self-satisfaction, self-assurance. She had fufilled the liberal (and Randian) ideal, which is to be self-created, not determined by forces—such as nature, heredity, ethnicity—that are outside of and alien to one’s will. She was now godlike, the master/mistress of herself.
Well done, Larry. :-)Kidist continues:
Here she is in a blonde wig for Halloween with her black “captain” boyfriend.Joe S. writes:
Kim Kardashian had work on her face but it’s not clear she had work on her body. The only picture you show where her breasts are noticeably smaller is from when she was in her mid-teens. And there is an infamous sex tape of her from 2003, nine years ago, well before any of her facial work was done, where her body looks much the same as it does today.Rick Darby writes:
I’ve heard the name Kim Kardashian for several years and still don’t know who she is—model? Actress? Professional celebrity?LA replies:
Rick,Rick Darby replies:
I am serious. It’s not about KK, it’s about the principle. Publish it and bash it if you want.November 1
Kidist Paulos Asrat has further observations on the Kim Kardashian phenomenon.