‘You inspire me to be hot and famous’: how Kim Kardashian became a teen idol
Kim Kardashian personifies Americas preoccupations with celebrities and social media and young girls cant get enough, writes Nancy Jo Sales in her new book American Girls
At the Barnes& Noble on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in May of 2015, Kim Kardashian was launching her latest book, Selfish, a collection of selfies and nudes.
It was more than 400 pages of Kim staring into the camera, pursing her lips, seeming sultry and suggestive. It was Kim, naked in a bedroom mirror, clutching her naked breasts, leaning naked over a bathroom sink, sticking her famous behind up in the air; Kim leaning naked over a bed in the grainy darknes, Kim in lingerie and bathing suits, lounging beside electric blue swimming pools, doing leg shots.
Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, said a 13 -year-old girl waiting in the line snaking through the store.
There were pictures of Kim from 2006, when she was still an LA party girl and friend of Paris Hilton, to 2014, after she had become one of the most famous women in the world. In those eight years, which had insured the introduction of smartphones in 2007 and the global spread of social media through mobile technology, Kim had become social medias biggest superstar. In 2006, she had just 856 adherents on MySpace where she announced in her profile, Im a PRINCESS and youre not so there! and now, she had 61.5 million adherents on Instagram. She had 34 million adherents on Twitter , where she posted more selfies daily, the majority of members of which get tens of thousands of favorites and retweets.