The reality TV star has continued to grow, cross boundaries and change the face of social politics.

It’s official, after months of speculation, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, are to divorce.

One of the world’s most famous couples have called it a day. Marital woes became apparent when Kanye West ran for president in 2020. During his campaign rallies, he compared Kris Jenner, Kardashian’s mother, to the North Korean leader and revealed that the couple considered aborting their first child. West, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and Kardashian released a statement through her Instagram stories that addressed his mental health.

Whilst his bid for presidency was unsuccessful, the public and media’s response to Kim Kardashian was noted. The notion that a reality star, who became famous off the back of a leaked sex tape with a former rapper boyfriend and being Paris Hilton’s friend could become the First Lady of America was met with ridicule and mockery.

Kardashian has been a driving force behind many legislative and social changes recently, so is this disregard and discounting of Kardashian fair? The following are the three ways the cosmetic entrepreneur has used her celebrity status to create social change.

She has become a vocal advocate for prison reform  

Kardashian brought attention to Alice Johnson, a great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offence story after seeing it online and enlisted her own personal lawyer to work on it.  

After a meeting with Kim Kardashian who discussed prison reform, sentencing and a presidential pardon, then-President Donald Trump granted clemency.

She is training to be a lawyer and hopes to open her own firm

Kim Kardashian is following her father’s footsteps to be a lawyer. The late Robert Kardashian was part of the legal team that famously defended O.J. Simpson in his 1995 murder trial.

She revealed in 2019 she had taken up a four-year apprenticeship and hopes to become a qualified lawyer in 2022. She wants to one day open her own firm and has stated that she will hire people who have been in prison.

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By Kaz Bosali: Political Columnist.

She influenced the passing of a landmark statute

The First Step Act was a legislation that passed many reforms to what Kardashian described as a broken prison system. It will give people convicted of a crime a second chance, reduce unnecessary long sentences, like Alice Johnson’s case and improve prison conditions. Kardashian and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law, were instrumental in persuading Trump to support it and enact it.

Kim Kardashian is often criticised and disregarded as talentless and famous for being famous, but in 2019 alone she used her influence and power to release 17 people from prison in three months.

She’s been a trailblazer in the beauty and entertainment industry, and in a short amount of time, she’s been a social reformer. She has a huge following (more than 200 million on Instagram alone) and a platform that can communicate to masses of people with the click of a button.

When Kim Kardashian burst into the scene back in 2007, few could have guessed she’d go on to be the A list celebrity today, with a cosmetic empire valued at a billion and someone who has greatly influenced a challenging and broken area of the justice system in the USA. Although now the possibility of her being the First Lady of the United States of America as Kanye West’s partner is out of the window, who’s to say she won’t be able to utilise her social media, her platform, her resources for the top job herself?

MACKAYAN: reality star turned social reformer.

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