When I started to write this piece my own first question was, why does anybody care? Fortunately or unfortunately the Kardashian Klan have built a nice multi-million dollar business all about nothing or better known as being famous for being (untalented) and famous.
However, there is enough interest in the question of whether Kim Kardashian had built a real brand or just a marketing fad, flash in the pan. In my opinion Kim has yet to "earn" rights to be called a true brand. Most of her antics are PR stunts (and let's not forget without a sex tape she would be absolutely nothing and we wouldn't be wasting our time on this) and not brand building efforts. Launching perfumes, apparel lines, getting paid to appear at clubs and bars and getting married on a reality show for $17Million doesn't not make a brand.
People are more fascinated with her nothingness as entertainment and not about a vision, a journey or some meaningful element to make people believe something she is offering has any real value. Her deal with Sears is a ridiculous one. Kardashian wouldn't be caught dead in a Sears unless she was picking up a paycheck for an appearance.
Now let's address this divorce business. Maybe had she made it past a year or even six months she would have some credibility. But this 72 day PR game wasn't love or a real marriage. It was a paid for "appearance" event in which she got paid in cash and in kind. Poor guy, hope he didn't really see anything in or have feelings for her. I also hope he is laughing to the bank for all this mess. Although he comes off more of an embarrassment to himself than she does because she is not in the least bit embarrassed about being a shill for anything or everything with a payday attached.
Now you might feel that Kardashian isn't much different than Paris Hilton. I beg to differ. Whether you liked it or not she had a particular way of being, a slogan ("That's hot") and a sense of style (not necessarily one you might like). She acted in a TV show that was somewhat entertaining. Kim Kardashian is a poor (woman's?) man's version of Hilton. Hilton had pedigree for her debutante behavior. Kardashian's father was an unknown until the O J Simpson case (like instant fame, "new" money). The Hiltons have been a fixture in America for years.
Will the business of Kardashian be hurt by this divorce? Likely. It exposed her as having nothing honest or real about herself and her so-called fans will probably feel cheated, lied to, deceived but quickly wake up from their delusion of fascination and become disgusted. No journey here just a young girl trying to make a buck. I would suggest Ms. Kardashian be careful not to spend all her quickly earned cash too fast because the gravy train is likely to end soon.
Watching out for you everyday.