Kim Kardashian got $300k just for her engagement photos in People

The Kardashian media machine kind of amazes me. I get it, we talk about them and we’re part of the problem, but even though most of us are mocking them they’re still churning out stories about their lives and cashing in with so many endorsements, products and appearances. It’s like they’re selling us an easy gossip target, and they’re a whole family so there are that many more people to talk about.

Kim is engaged as you know, and she has a disgustingly garish 20.5 carat diamond ring, hopes to outdo the royal wedding, and is going to pay for it all by putting it on television and selling the rights for just about everything to just about anyone. There will be an insane amount of product placement at Kim’s wedding, and it will be obvious, just wait.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Kim got $300,000 from People Magazine for her cover story and the photo spread last week just about her engagement. That figure is really standard for the Kardashians, who allegedly earned Kourtney $300k for her baby stories and Khloe got $300k for her wedding photos.

The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter can reveal that Kim Kardashian, newly engaged to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries, sold exclusive pics of her engagement party (with accompanying confirmation) to People for a cool $300,000.

According to an insider, the issue underperformed on newsstands, selling below its average. A People spokesperson and a rep for Kardashian had no comment.

The $300,000 payday is par for the course for the Kardashian family, which earned $65 million last year, as detailed in a Hollywood Reporter cover story.

News of Kourtney’s 2009 pregnancy was sold in a package deal for $300,000 to Life & Style magazine. That included multiple stories: the pregnancy announcement, sex of the baby, birth announcement, first baby photos and body-after-baby reveal. (Life & Style declined comment to THR in February.)

When it came to Khloe’s marriage to Los Angeles Lakers forward Odom, she did even better. OK! Magazine received the official photos and announcement for just shy of $300,000.

Kris also had everything from the Lehr & Black custom invitations to Khloe’s 9-carat engagement ring “donated” for the lavish affair; sources say she promised vendors massive product promotion that would come from the media circus surrounding the wedding. In the event that an item wasn’t gifted, E!, it is believed, picked up the tab (E! declined comment).

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

At least People didn’t do that well with Kim’s engagement on the cover. She’s probably annoyed she didn’t snare a more famous guy, but it was time for her to get engaged since her sisters are outperforming her in the baby and partner departments. (As if scoring Scott Disick is in any way preferable to perpetual singlehood.)

Meanwhile Kim has refuted that OK! cover story suggesting she could be pregnant, “I’m Having A Baby,” which was really all about how she’ll have kids someday as she’s said in the past.

Kim also reportedly wants to change her last name to her would-be husband’s name, Humphries, so she’ll be Kim Humphries instead of Kim Kardashian. Her momager is annoyed at this, and says “She needs to be Kim Kardashian because she’s worked so hard to get where she is.” You can read that as: “she’ll mess up our family’s brand if she ditches our name.”

Life & Style reports that Kim is going to get married in the next two to three months, before basketball season starts for her fiance, Kris. L&S’ insider claims “The wedding is going to be at the end of July or the beginning of August. The reason they’re rushing it is because they want to do it before the basketball season starts again, so that they have time to have a romantic honeymoon!” You know that it’s timed for business reasons and has nothing to do with Kris’ kareer. This whole thing has been orchestrated by the other Kris, the one pulling the strings and making the deals and selling us her daughters’ lives. They’re the famous equivalent of the trashy, tacky family down the street that we all cluck over while we’re having drinks with friends.

Photos are from 5/27/11. Credit: News Pictures/


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26 Responses to “Kim Kardashian got $300k just for her engagement photos in People”

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  1. CG says:

    She’s going to be Star Jones 2.0 with the wedding sponsor stuff, right? “Hey guests, fly Southwest, the official airline of the Kardashian nuptials!” Ugh.

  2. Emily says:

    Does anybody think that Kris Humphries is trying to cash in on the Kardashian machine? After all, Lamar Odom was relatively unknown outside the sports world before he shacked up with Khloe. Maybe he’s not so stupid after all.

  3. mary jones says:

    Kourtney’s not married to Scott. Kim’s husband looks neanderthalish.

  4. Quest says:

    @ Emily: ITA, don’t underestimate the brain power of these sporting guys.

    I would really be rolling in tears of joy if someone other than Kris K manages to benefit from the famewhoring KK Klan

  5. Snazzy says:

    She’s an idiot if she thinks she can fool us with that ring. This is the same exact ring she was flaunting circa 2009 when she was trying to get Reggie Bush to marry her and stir up marriage rumors. It’s a publicity stunt and I honestly don’t think these 2 are in love. But, whatever, I guess these are the things she has to do to stay relevant in hollywood.

  6. mln76 says:

    I hope that this bitch gets overshadowed by real celebrities…the Leo and Blake romance or a Brangelina wedding??? Anything but this strumpet.

  7. lucy2 says:

    The famewhoring and hustling is so gross. I feel like writing to People mag and just saying “Really?”. I’m glad it underperformed, hopefully soon the media’s love affair with these talentless morons will end.

  8. Delta Juliet says:

    She shouldn’t bother changing her name….by the name the paperwork is done being filed the marriage will be over anyway.

  9. Tammi says:

    I thought the Kardashian clan made sixty-five million last year. Why no mention of them on the Forbes list? Could it be becasue they are liars?

  10. bluhare says:

    Selling what is supposed to be an intimate and personal experience just gets me going. If someone’s going to do that, what does it say about the actual relationship that spawned it?

    Here’s what I think is going to happen. They’ll get married. He’s a no name player on a mediocre team. He’ll get cut either this year or next, and all of a sudden he won’t have the stones to be part of the Kardashian Klub, so Kris will be working on Kim to kick him to the kurb, and then they’ll sell Kim’s divorce.

    GAG. Never watched their show, and never will.

  11. NayNay says:

    I firmly believe that this is nothing but a publicity stunt for the both of them. Pathetic fools!

  12. Stacia says:

    So tired of these MEDIAWHORES! They will literally sell their turds if it gets them 2 extra bucks.

  13. Lala11_7 says:

    Now…I’ve been reading the comments on this thread…and I have to say…

    A lot of you seem to be really RELUCTANT to voice your opinion…

    So…tell me…


    But seriously folks…

    I again have to say…

    Kim K. has a DEFINITIVE TYPE!!!

    Her ex-husband…Ray J…..Reggie…all fit the same physical profile


    I’m just gonna “sip the tea” on this one…

  14. Anon73 says:

    if I was Reggie Bush (one of Kim’s exes, that she was really making a heavy PR push for marriage with), I’d be breathing a HUGE sigh of relief I escaped her clutches. She’s too calculating to be sincere in anything she does, professionally and personally.

  15. Aqua says:

    It makes me furious to see that Kim got the front cover of People magazine again while the devestation in Joplin just got a side bar.

  16. I took People for 20 years, and when they put Kim on their cover,the first time, I dropped them, never to renew again!!!


  17. Deb says:

    @Lucy2. I am glad the issue didn’t sell as well as expected too. If magazines have trouble selling issues that feature the Kardashians, they’ll stop paying them big bucks for stories. Hopefully, they’ll slowly fade into obscurity.

  18. fannomore says:

    Let the circus begin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! send in the little car with all the Kardashiansin clowns in full makeup come squeezing out throwing confetti, designer confetti of course

  19. Jen says:

    I find it odd that there were photographers there for the family dinner where Kim K announced her engagement, to the “surprise” of everyone. I know they are on camera for everything, but do they have professional photographers around just in case something monumental happens to them??

  20. Jules says:

    The ring is as fake as Kardashian is. I am thrilled I don’t buy People magazine anymore.

  21. lulu says:

    Maybe he could take her name…

  22. judyjudy says:

    They have so much chemistry! They are clearly in love with one another. Wising the Happy couple nothing but the best!


  23. crtb says:

    This family will do anything to make money: Get engaged, get married, have a baby?

  24. galaxy.girl says:

    The next Married w/ future kids show on E!

  25. kat says:

    Ughh he’s so ugly! I think Kim is an attractive woman, but this guy is just hideous! If she is so marriage/baby/media crazy, she should’ve gotten Reggie to marry her – at least he’s attractive.

  26. Abby says:

    I saw in a preview for the next season of KUWTH that Kris Jenner was saying how she was thinking of changing her name back to kardashian! What does Bruce think? She has been divorced from Robert for what – 18 years or so?