Thursday, February 22, 2018

Through the Grapevine: Khloe K, the new “it” Kardashian

Serena Elavin ’14

Staff Writer
While Kim Kardashian may be seen as the “it” girl in Hollywood, younger sister Khloe is who people should really be paying attention to, making her my pick for this week’s celeb of the week. When the Kardashians first came onto the Hollywood scene, Khloe was completely ignored as she was heavy and not as pretty as Kim or Kourtney. After the first few seasons of hit reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” fans got more of an inside look at who Khloe really is.
Dedicated to the family clothing store, Khloe was a very active member of D-A-S-H, and even travelled with Kourtney to set up another store in Miami; their adventure was chronicled on the show “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami.” But the series also showed an ugly side of Khloe, mainly portraying her as an overly aggressive and foul-mouthed. In one episode, Khloe slapped sister Kourtney’s boyfriend Scott Disick across the face, and the two had to be separated.
On almost every episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” five minutes can’t go by without Khloe swearing and Botoxed head of household Bruce Jenner  delivering a mini-lecture to Khloe about her poor language habits. Like many other women, Khloe’s weight has always been an issue for her, and viewers saw how difficult it was for her to handle mom Kris Jenner’s nagging comments. Critics have always called her the “fat Kardashian,” and the ugliest of the three sisters. Not only does Khloe have to broadcast all of this on television and in magazines, but she is also continuously pitted against her sisters and forced to compete with them in regards to weight, looks and fashion.
In addition to all of Khloe’s negative factors, the reality star hit a low point in March of 2007 when she was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles. On the anniversary of their father Robert Kardashian’s death, Khloe and her sisters decided to party a little too hard at a nightclub. When the night wound down, Khloe proceeded to drive in her black Range Rover and was pulled over by Los Angeles police for erratic driving. Luckily for fans, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” cameras were rolling at this time, and caught everything on tape. Khloe then spent the evening in jail, and was released in the morning. Her legal consequences were minimal, but fans caught a glimpse at how mother Kris Jenner and stepdad Bruce Jenner handled the situation.
At first, fans did not like Khloe, due to her erratic behavior and hostility, yet Khloe has become more tolerable over the years. Over the past few years, Khloe seems to have grown up and has improved at handling conflict, especially when it comes to Scott Disick.
This change may be attributed to her relationship and eventual marriage to NBA star, Lamar Odom. The two had a whirlwind romance and were married just four months after their first meeting at the Kardashian Kompound in Calabasas, Ca. Despite all of the negative events surrounding Khloe, she still was the first sister to get married and has maintained a successful marriage with husband Lamar. On the other hand, eldest sister Kourtney has had one baby out of wedlock, is pregnant with another, and her relationship with boyfriend Scott Disick has only begun to stabilize recently, after many years of conflict and turmoil.
As well, other sister Kim is currently locked in a bitter divorce battle after 72 days of marriage with soon to be ex-husband and New Jersey Nets player, Kris Humphries, and has suffered an excruciating amount of press coverage during her divorce. Maybe critics should stop attacking Khloe, as she now seems to be the most “normal” of the three sisters, and has just the happy family that her other two sisters want. As well, Khloe has had had numerous successful business ventures with her sisters and husband, including a unisex perfume, a spinoff reality show “Khloe and Lamar,” a book called “Kardashian Konfidential,” and a new radio show.
However, Khloe hasn’t been surrounded by all glamour lately. Due to PETA’s loose affiliation with Kim Kardashian’s flour bomber, Khloe, once an avid supporter of the group, has withdrawn her support from the organization. In addition to this, after being transferred from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks, Lamar Odom has now left the Mavericks and will be out of the NBA for the rest of the season. It is widely speculated that health issues involving Lamar’s father have taken a toll on the basketball star and are forcing him to take some time off of basketball. As a result of moving and family troubles, Khloe has put her dreams of having a baby on hold, and has been very openly discussing the matter with various magazines and television shows.
Not too long ago, Khloe had another bout of embarrassment when father Robert Kardashian’s two ex-wives released a story stating that Khloe was not one of Robert’s biological children. The Kardashian Klan rushed to Khloe’s side and vehemently denied and dismissed the accusations. Still, despite all of the recent news, Khloe has kept a smile on her face, and held her life together.
Somehow, that once angry fat-girl has managed to grow over the years into a friendly, bubbly successful businesswoman with a wonderful husband. Critics should keep an eye on this celeb of the week as Khloe Kardashian is slated to become the next big thing, and maybe overtake big sister Kim’s fame.

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