Just Some Of The Times Kim Kardashian Used Her Power & Fame For A Good Cause
People love to rag on Kim Kardashian. It's just a fact. Ever since she came into fame back in 2007 after a sex tape was leaked against her will, she has been the subject of widespread media scrutiny more so than most run-of-the-mill celebrities. Couple that with her marriage to the ever-controversial Kanye West, and she is quite simply the most headline-grabbing celebrity of a generation.
However between her selfies, her clapbacks and her crying about losing her earrings in the ocean despite the fact that there are people that are dying, KKW makes sure she spends a lot of her time fighting for, donating to or giving awareness to very decent and admirable causes. Here are just five instances of Kim Kardashian using her status, power and fame for a good purpose.
Getting A Woman Serving A Life Sentence For A First-Time, Non-Violent Drug Offense Released From Prison
Around seven months ago, Kim saw a viral video about a 63-year-old woman named Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for first-time, non-violent drug offense. Of course, this speaks of America's, and by extension the world's, overall problems with the prison system and how desperately they need reform.
Prison reform conversations have been going on for eons, but Kim K took it to another level when she very publicly advocated for Johnson's release, who up until last week had spent a third of her life behind bars.
Kardashian actually met with Donald Trump - she's so brave - and apparently convinced him to grant Johnson clemency, and is officially free.
Of course, some people are thinking that Trump used Kardashian as a pawn, which may be true, but props need to be given to Kim for really utilising her power to hopefully help set a precedent for prison reform across the US.
BEST NEWS EVER!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/JUbpbE1Bk0
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) 6 June 2018
Raising Awareness Regarding The Armenian Genocide
Kim, and the entire Kardashian family, have been incredibly vocal about educating the greater public about the Armenian genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were murdered at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during World War 1.
After encouraging Barack Obama during his presidency to shed some light on the genocide to the general public, Kim and sister Khloe travelled to Armenia and visited Tsitsernakaberd, which is the Armenian Genocide memorial complex in Yerevan, Armenia.
In 2016, she also publicly condemned the Wall Street Journal for running an advertisement that denied the Armenian genocide's occurrence.
As recently as April this year, Kardashian called out the US government for not recognising the genocide on its 103rd anniversary.
It’s so inspiring to see all Armenians united in peaceful protests making a difference. It’s a historic day for Armenia. ❤️🇦🇲💋 I used this image of me in Armenia because this woman touched my heart and to me she represents the heart of so many strong Armenians! pic.twitter.com/a00Z5al46N
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) 23 April 2018
Standing In Solidarity With Planned Parenthood
Of course, one of the biggest platforms Kim and her entire family has is that of their show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The show doesn't often delve into serious or political territory, but that's exactly what happened when Kim, Khloe and Kourtney took a trip to Planned Parenthood, right when it was announced the US government would be defunding the crucial and vital organisation, and they said it impacted their lives immensely. Kim took to Instagram to show her solidarity with Planned Parenthood, saying how important it is to all women across the country.
My sisters and I visited Planned Parenthood recently and learned that the House of Representatives forced through a bill that strips health care coverage from millions of people and raises health care costs, including Planned Parenthood patients. 😢They are such an amazing place that provides so much to so many! #istandwithpp
Accelerating A MASSIVE Conversation About Body Positivity And Sexism
A common punchline about Kim Kardashian is how often she gets her kit out, and tired and boring argument that she sets a bad example for young women. In March 2016, Kim posted a now infamous nude snap that garnered way more attention, and way more backlash, than her sexy snaps usually do. She was being criticised left, right and centre. A bucketload of celebrities, however, jumped to Kim's defence stating that Kim can decide exactly what she can and can't do with her body, as all women can. She wrote a lengthy blog post regarding the snap, and the infamous sex tape, saying that those things in no way define who she is, but she shouldn't have to feel any shame.
"I am empowered by my body," she said. "I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world."
Amen, Kim, amen.