Kim Kardashian: Paris Hilton ‘literally gave me a career & I like totally acknowledge that’

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian out on the town in Los Angeles

I always love to look at and use old photos of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian from the era of their big friendship, circa 2005-06. Back then, Kim was a young divorcee (from her first marriage to Damon Thomas) who had dated Ray J and made a sex tape. (She shot it in 2003 and it came out in February, 2007.) That would have been her claim to fame, but at the time, she was also a “stylist” who worked for Paris Hilton. All of that combined was enough to get the family a reality show. Oh, and remember that Kim dated Nick Lachey for a hot minute? No one ever remembers that. Ah, the mid-’00s. Anyway, yes, Kim’s friendship with Paris was a big part of her claim to fame. Paris took her out and Kim started getting pap’d constantly and she became her own thing, famous for being famous, using Paris Hilton’s model and improving upon it. And as it turns out, Kim remembers and will own up to that sh-t too.

Several months back, Kim took the time to appear in Paris Hilton’s music video for “Best Friend’s Ass.” Paris asked Kim and Kim was happy to do it, and they both promoted it and all was well. Because of the lag time of when KUWTK is shot though, we’re only seeing the footage of Kim TALKING about the video now, all while Khloe kisses Kim’s ass and talks about what a good person she is for acknowledging that Paris put her on the map:

“I’m gonna go and be in this music video with Paris for one of her new songs,” Kim, 38, tells sister Khloé Kardashian. Khloé, 35, marvels at the news but also notes that “it’s so nice that you’re doing that for her” given Kim’s 2019 Met Gala prep and the arrival of her new son, Psalm West, approaching.

“I really would want to do anything for her, she literally gave me a career,” the KKW Beauty mogul says. “And I like totally acknowledge that.”

Hilton was once Kim’s boss for her former closet-cleaning business. Reality TV fans will even remember Kardashian’s first appearances on Hilton’s show The Simple Life, organizing the heiress’ closet and occasionally taking care of Hilton’s chihuahua, Tinkerbell. In the teaser, sister Khloé commends the mother of four on her loyalty to Hilton, explaining how other people would not do the same.

‘A lot of people, no matter how they got their success, they wouldn’t say like ‘I got my career because of Paris,’ and they wouldn’t say ‘I’m gonna do you a favor,’ ” she says to Kim. “They’d be like, ‘Haha bitch look who’s poppin now,’ where you’re so sweet and kind, and your schedule is crazy.” And Kim maintains that she would put a pin in any schedule to help Paris. “I would drop it for [Paris] because that’s important to me, to be loyal to people,” she says.

[From People]

I mean, it’s a nice thing but let’s not go overboard. Kim’s not a saint on earth for giving up an afternoon to shoot some footage for Paris Hilton’s dumb music video. Kim is also not the best friend in the world for acknowledging that, yeah, she wouldn’t be where she is now without Paris’s help, and Paris’s model to improve upon.

Also: wow, it’s fun to look at these old photos, right?

Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian out on the town in Los Angeles

Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton

Photos courtesy of WENN, Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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  1. StarGreek says:

    Wow Kim is barely recognisable in the old pictures lol

    • My3cents says:

      She looks so fresh and lively.

      • PointingScreaming says:

        I think even Kim regrets the “angloFication” of her innate features. She was really striking, original and yet so soft before. I wonder if this whole trend of homogenous plastic surgery will die?

    • Kendra says:

      She looks so much like my cousin did at that time (I believe they are around the same age). It’s pretty funny to me.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah, if you didn’t tell me who that was, I wouldn’t recognize her at all.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and not that she’s not very pretty now, but she looks so plastic.

      in these pics, she’s pretty AND (as noted) “fresh” and natural looking.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I don’t think she is that “natural” here.

        This is already after 1 nose job and breast implants. Way more natural than her current face of course, but already tweeked.

  2. MachineElf says:

    Wow Kim really was stunning. If I saw the old Kim next to the new Kim I would not be able to tell they were the same person.

  3. Lucy says:

    Imagine the confusion when all the kardashian kids look at old photos of their mothers and aunts

  4. mk says:

    kim and paris made sex tapes and were fortunate they were born in a generation that didn’t penalize them for it, instead they profited. good for them.

  5. Elisabeth says:

    Ray J might have helped a bit

  6. crogirl says:

    Yes Kim had such a beautiful and interest I g face. It’s sad how she ended up looking

  7. Michael says:

    She was literally like, and I was like, literally

  8. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Like everyone else, I see her face before the fame and can’t help but notice how naturally stunning she was before. LA Face™️ Is such a curse.

  9. Anilehcim says:

    I have a sister so it has always been interesting to me to see the dynamic between other women and their sisters. I’m laughing because I’m trying to imagine some alternate universe where I would kiss my sister’s ass the way that Khloe is doing in that moment with Kim, and I can’t even picture it because it’s just so ridiculous.

    My take away from these people can always be chalked up to how absolutely ODD they are. Kim is the most famous so in the family she’s the most powerful, but now Kylie is getting to be the richest since she apparently has the Midas touch, so the power balance is shifting. They openly discuss and admit that their mother’s favorite daughter is always the daughter with the most money. Bickering between siblings, especially sisters, is normal, but there is all this ass-kissing that goes on between them. Having a fight with your sis where you tell her she’s “the least interesting to look at” is fucking weird, a conversation where you have to stroke your sister’s ego by telling her what a wonderful person she is for even maintaining contact with a former best friend is WEIRD. They are one seriously strange family and everything about them is superficial.

    • CuriousCole says:

      I saw a scene of KUWTK where the sisters were saying how Kim used to be Kris’ favorite and now it’s Kylie. I was trying to figure out why that switched, and then I realized – Kylie is now the major earner. That is so sad and empty to me.

  10. JAC says:

    To be fair, a lot of people wouldn’t acknowledge that.

    Didn’t they have a feud or something like that?

    • MachineElf says:

      Agreed. Even “normals” can have a hard time giving people credit for getting them where they are.

  11. Murphy says:

    Paris helped get her name out there in the first place, but Kris is the one who made her what she is today.

  12. ME says:

    Awww Kim’s original face ! What a beauty for real. Also, I really really really think Paris has some major dish on Kim and that’s why Kim NEVER bashes Paris (no matter what Paris says about Kim). She will “do anything for Paris” because she doesn’t want Paris spilling the beans.

    • Joanna says:

      I think so too. Must be something major…Kim is not nice. She is being fake af about Paris. I think they know each what each other’s skeletons in the closet are, and are fake nice in the public so the other won’t blab. But I think they really can’t stand each other anymore.

  13. kelleybelle says:

    Like, totally!

  14. Jb says:

    No lie Kim was quite beautiful back then, (dare I say natural beauty!!?) but she has destroyed that and looks like a warped version of herself and more plastic. Also her natural curves were goals( for me, I have no butt just a large chest and I’m very short)…wtf was she thinking with all the surgery?!!

  15. Original Jenns says:

    LOL they still got their shot in. “They’d be like, ‘Haha bitch look who’s poppin now,’ where you’re so sweet and kind, and your schedule is crazy.” Complimenting Kim just dragged Paris. But of course Kim’s being nice by acknowledging Paris’ sharing of visibility.

  16. Phonycat says:

    Paris helped her with her career?😂😂😂 and what career is that? Practicing medicine? Nope just selfies and sex tapes

    • ME says:

      But but but she’s gonna be a lawyer ! How she has time to study for the Bar exam is beyond me.

      • jenny says:

        lol I forgot all about this!

      • ME says:

        @ jenny

        Kim may have forgotten about it too…or she’s hoping we’ve forgotten ! LOL when was the last time she talked about studying for the bar or posting a “look guys I’m studying with a full face of make-up on” selfie?

    • cherriepie84 says:

      Lol. it may not be your kind of “career” but to each his/her own, I guess. A drug kingpin, a prost!tute etc. consider what they do a career despite the illegality or so called “immorality” I am not here to defend the Kartrashians but let us not pretend they have not made hundreds of millions off of what they do and they clearly enjoy doing it….at the end of the day isn’t that what most people want from their “careers” to make a living by doing the things they enjoy and getting a sense of fulfillment from it? It has been years the world is evolving and hundreds of people actually make a living from taking selfies because that’s how they get noticed and receive payment for promotions. Criticisms are better when they are they are constructive 🙂

  17. DenG says:

    I like totally acknowledge that these adult women talk like literally like junior high girls.

    • AG-UK says:

      Hahahah how many times can someone insert “like” into the conversation like you know what I mean?? 😆

  18. Other Renee says:

    I bet a day doesn’t go by that Paris doesn’t ask herself how in the world Kim out-famed her.

    • ME says:

      Well Kim has a whole Klan that helped keep her in the spotlight didn’t she? Paris had her sister but her sister sort of stepped out of the limelight. Kim, on her own, probably would have had the same shelf life as Paris.

  19. Talie says:

    The Kardashians improved on the Hilton model because they had ambition. I mean, Kim had to sell stuff on Ebay for money. Paris was never that hungry.

  20. Dee Kay says:

    I hated Paris Hilton’s celebrity reign with a passion and I am grateful, yeah I said it, GRATEFUL that Kim Kardashian and her Koven took Hilton’s crown. I consider it a positive that we now live in a world in which the Kardashians dominate reality TV and social media. I can stand them, if only barely. But Paris Hilton? No no no no no.

    • pk says:

      The Kardashians no longer dominate reality TV. Their show has been getting less and less views each year, hence the desperate attempts to stay in the news.

    • jenny says:

      I see your point. Daily exposure to Paris Hilton would have killed off the majority of the population, and then turned the rest of us into zombies from exposure.

  21. 2lazy4username says:

    I wonder how Khloe felt about having to stick to that script. 🙄

  22. Stacy says:

    I miss the cut of clothes from this era. And the accessories. Such a fun time in fashion! Empire waists, bandeau tops, tunic tops need to come please!!

    Tall girl with big hips

    • styla says:

      You could wear all those things now you know. No need to wait for it to be popular again. In fact, you could buy these things straight from the era at thrift stores and vintage shops.

    • Lizzie says:

      i went to a shawn mendes concert and all the young girls were wearing tube tops and frayed bottom mini denim skirts. i also saw a bunch of lace trim camis. felt like i was in 2000. it was WILD

      i think wore a plunging empire waist kimono style top every day from 2000-2006. i looked good. HAHA

      • Tonya says:

        right! i remember a gorgeous cherry blossom type kimono shirt I had. I wish I still had it!!!!

  23. Mia says:

    I wonder when Kim and Klan will pay back all the money they fraudulently charged to Brandy’s Amex card?

  24. Arizona says:

    I guess I’m the only person who actually thought Kim did not look great pre-surgery. Like…she’s fine, but everyone talking about how stunning and a great natural beauty she was? I don’t see it. Although she was certainly prettier than Paris.

    Although that could also be the mid-2000’s makeup and hair and clothes, none of which were super flattering.

    • 2lazy4username says:

      I agree. I think she’s more beautiful now, but bordering on alien. She couldve stopped two surgeries ago.

    • Taryn says:

      Kim’s procedures peaked during her Kris Humphries era. Everything else she’s gotten done has been too unnecessary for her face and makes her look like every other celeb in LA instead of the Armenian beauty that first put her in the spotlight.

      • Joanna says:

        Yes! Imo, she looked best at that point. She had had surgery but still looked pretty natural.

    • AmyB says:

      For me, Kim’s beauty came from being more different and exotic looking, which she has totally destroyed through all her cosmetic procedures now. She is still a beautiful woman, no doubt, but she looks plastic and she erased what made her look different.

    • Joanna says:

      No, she’s never been gorgeous imo. Idk why people keep saying she was back in the day? Nope. Just at the time, it was when blond, thin and tan was the beauty ideal and Kim was something different. Remember it was also when everyone talked about jlo’s butt? Then Kim started posing w her butt turned out and copied off that.

  25. T says:

    Kim is obviously a beautiful woman, but when I look at these photos… She was so stunning and not so Hollywood. I wish she never messed with her face.

  26. whybother says:

    lmao at khloe
    if kim own to paris, you own to her probably triple of that khloe

  27. Yes Doubtful says:

    Nah…nobody knew of or cared about Kim when she was around Paris. The sex tape is what got her famous.

  28. Ell says:

    Aww, Kim’s old face.